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Check out Camp Candle’s dreamy new electropop EP Light

Camp Candle | photo via campcandle.bandcamp.com

We can’t get enough of Philly-based indie-electro-hip-hop duo Camp Candle over here at The Key. And neither should you, because these two cool cats make some extremely sick tunes.

Following the success of last year’s ERE, Camp Candle recently dropped their new EP titled, Light — blessing us with three new tracks to be swept away in. Previewing the release a few months back, first single “Fogged Glass” had us feeling the XX and Blood Orange vibes, while dreamily-whispered “Forever Light” slows it down a notch with bits of purposeful percussion, and “Before the Night” closes out Light with hazy 80’s synth fusions. Continue reading →

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Camp Candle preview new EP with with intoxicating “Fogged Glass” single

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Camp Candle were one of the most exciting discoveries we made here at The Key last year. The introduction came by way of an interview with producer / multi-instrumentalist Nu Ra and singer / guitarist Hetepsa around the release of their electronic / pop record ERE, and now it’s apparent the grooving will continue on a new EP dropping next month.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Camp Candle

Philly duo Camp Candle caught our ear last year with ERE, which is a totally fun thing to say out loud. Really though, that’s the name of their debut, and its blend of body-moving beats, suave vocals and harmonized textures is entrancing. It calls to mind any number of forward-thinking, electropop-driven acts dotting the modern rock landscape these days, from the sleek guitar lines of The xx to the bold saxophone leads of M83 and the rhythmic grit of Phantogram. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Camp Candle at Boot & Saddle, Joseph at World Cafe Live, Palm at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP ERE this past summer, sharing a collection of atmospheric, synth-driven songs that highlight Hetepsa and Nu Ra’s sonic chemistry. Watch a video for the more recent “One Day, My Friend” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Camp Candle posts up outside World Cafe Live in funky new “One Day, My Friend” video

Hetepsa of Camp Candle | video still via the band's YouTube channel
Hetepsa of Camp Candle | video still via the band’s YouTube channel

In their August interview with The Key, Camp Candle asserted that they were instinctive electro pop for the people. That shoe still fits today on “One Day, My Friend”, a track that just received a brand new video after making its debut a month ago.

Similar to previous videos for tracks like “Weapons” and “Mr. P”, the clip is comprised mostly of the band dancing and singing around Philadelphia with friends. Much of the video was shot right outside of World Cafe Live and on the paths snaking through Penn Park, and the band looks like they’re having a blast. With the current trend in videos often skewing towards appearing as stoic and aloof as possible, this is a welcome breath of fresh air from the tight jeans and pseudo-nihilism that the kids are so into these days. Continue reading →

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Vibes and Unity: Listen to Camp Candle’s new “One Day, My Friend”

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Earlier this month, we got to know the Philly hip-hop indietronica duo Camp Candle when the singer / guitarist Hetepsa and producer / multi-instrumentalist Nu Ra sat down for an interview with our John Morrison. The band’s ERE LP was a fresh debut in late June, and they’re already following it up with more vibes.

“One Day, My Friend” is out today, via Bandcamp, and over a dreamlike tapestry of Disclosure-esque beats and funky bass, Hetepsa shares a vision of unity: “on everything i’ll be the one / to make a claim our lives as one.” Continue reading →

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Camp Candle: Instinctive electropop for the people

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

“And I feel it….I’m still shaking…..The weapons are drawn against me…I can’t take it.”

“Weapons,” the opening track from Philly-based Electro­Pop duo Camp Candle’s debut ERE, delivers these words on top of a bed of sweet, dreamy synth chords. Heavy programmed beats, handclaps and tambourine bring the song into the realm of traditional black sacred music, a 21st century gospel spiritual of survival and self­-awareness.

Dynamically shifting between loud and quiet sections, the brief, two-minute piece alternately flirts with light and darkness, capturing tense and fearful but resolute spirit of the day. Singer / guitarist Hetepsa describes the song as the hymn of a heart and mind heavy with disappointing revelations about our world. “’Weapons’ represents an awakening to the lies we are surrounded by and fed. The song sounds so happy because although the truth can be hard, it’s still beautiful to be in the know,” Hetespa says. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Coping Skills at Trash House, Brain Candle at Kung Fu Necktie

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Bummer pop duo Coping Skills will play DIY space Trash House tonight  along with Central PA faves The Mellowells. Coping Skills released the excellent LP Relatable Web Content earlier this year; watch the “Drop Out of College” video below. The Mellowells latest, Head Space, came out this past September, but check out a live rendition of past single “Alexander Supertramp” below. In addition, the show will also features performances by Harmony Woods and Bloom, so head over to the Facebook event and get to the gig. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Winter solstice bonfire, General Washington’s winter camp, FrostFest and more, seasonal and otherwise

bonfire-notes-and-queries-001[1]The winter solstice is Sunday and on Friday Manayunk celebrates with the Solstice Fire festival. It starts just after sunset with a show of live birds of prey, a dance performance, and storytelling at Canal View Park…and ends with throwing sticks adorned with wishes for the new year into a bonfire.  It’s free but you need to register for the wishing sticks. Continue reading →

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Light Those Candles Bright” by Amanda Duncan

Via Kettle Pot Tracks
Via Kettle Pot Tracks

Amanda Duncan is a singer-songwriter with a swinging style and clever lyrics who’s been playing in the area since 2009. This year she was a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, and this 12 Days of Local Christmas, she shares the song “Light Those Candles Bright,” a track from her 2011 EP Amanda Duncan’s Holiday Classics. Download it below, and watch a short making-of-the-song documentary.