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Camp Candle sways along the shoreline in the “Save Me” video

Camp Candle | still from video

Philly electronic duo Camp Candle (Mark “Nu Ra” Cave and Briana “Hetepsa” Mills) just dropped a music video for their new single, “Save Me.” In it, Mills wanders along a dreary beach, waves lapping along the shore. The setting is ethereal, shrined in a glassy quiet, Mills swaying in contented isolation.

It’s a good compliment to the song, which was released last month — Mills has a captivating voice that snakes its way into your bones. Her cadence seems fit for R&B, but somehow pairs well with the funky 80’s dance rhythms woven by Cave, creating a vibrant tapestry of sound that blankets the listener. Continue reading →

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Watch Camp Candle make a music video on a budget in “Feelin A Way”

Camp Candle | photo via wearecampcandle.com

In their very meta new music video for “Feelin’ A Way,” Philly duo Camp Candle wants to make a clip as iconic as Michael Jackon’s “Rock With You.” But, as singer / guitarist Hetepsa tells her bandmate Nu Ra, “We don’t have Michael Jackson money. We’ve got a whole $8 in the bank.” What follows is a creative and funny video about being creative, and having fun. 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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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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Feel the waves pass you by with Camp Candle’s new single “Save Me”

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

Just last month the Philadelphia duo Camp Candle released their music video for “Feelin’ A Way,” and now they’re back with another release titled “Save Me” from their upcoming, yet to be titled album. As you listen, you feel as if you’re standing on a beach with the sun gently brushing up against your face. The flow of the melody resembles rising and falling tides. Not to mention, vocalist/guitarist Hetepsa’s soft vocals do a perfect job of enhancing that wave-like melody.

If you’re not familiar, Camp Candle has made a splash around the local scene over the past couple years, fusing genres such as hip-hop, pop, and electronic rock to create songs that make you feel some type of way. With that in mind, I’m curious to see what their upcoming EP will sound like. Hopefully we get a taste when Camp Candle plays at the TCC Art & Music Festival in Schwenksville; for Philly folks, they’ll be at The Pharmacy on June 22nd and Ortlieb’s on July 12th, and you can get details at the XPN Concert Calendar Continue reading →

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Listen to Camp Candle’s ominous new synthrock anthem “RUN”

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

Philly duo Camp Candle have had a solid couple days, between meeting Selena Gomez and dropping their latest single. The brooding synthrock anthem “RUN” arrives with no label, just founding duo Nu Ra and Hetepsa, and behind the song’s ominous synth patchwork and pulsating beats lies a glimmer of hope, an ever-present Camp Candle component. Take it for a spin below, and keep tabs on the band’s Facebook page for more. Continue reading →

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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 →