Candy Salad by Suckers on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mixing the sublime with the ironic, Suckers serve up tasty, slightly unnerving pop confections on their sophomore album, Candy Salad. The Brooklyn quartet tones down the odder elements found on their debut release with the aid of MGMT producer Matt Boynton, but Candy Salad’s shapely melodies and prominent hooks don’t completely disguise the band’s eccentricities. Familiar classic rock gestures of the ‘60s and ‘70s are tweaked and twisted here, both lyrically and musically; it results in tracks that wrap intense sweetness around a prickly core. Buoyant, synth-drizzled tunes like “Turn on the Sunshine,” “Figure It Out," and “Leave the Light On” uplift the listener with chiming guitars and tinkling pianos, even as singer Quinn Walker undercuts his romantic musings with surreal, paranoia-tinged asides. Suckers are masterful at embroidering their tracks with colorful sonic filigree, as evidenced by the faux-Asian stylings of “Bricks to the Bones” and the Bowie-like lounge soul of “Chinese Braille.” The band achieves the most direct hit with “Going Nowhere,” a revved-up slice of power pop longing that’s both mopey and joyous.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mixing the sublime with the ironic, Suckers serve up tasty, slightly unnerving pop confections on their sophomore album, Candy Salad. The Brooklyn quartet tones down the odder elements found on their debut release with the aid of MGMT producer Matt Boynton, but Candy Salad’s shapely melodies and prominent hooks don’t completely disguise the band’s eccentricities. Familiar classic rock gestures of the ‘60s and ‘70s are tweaked and twisted here, both lyrically and musically; it results in tracks that wrap intense sweetness around a prickly core. Buoyant, synth-drizzled tunes like “Turn on the Sunshine,” “Figure It Out," and “Leave the Light On” uplift the listener with chiming guitars and tinkling pianos, even as singer Quinn Walker undercuts his romantic musings with surreal, paranoia-tinged asides. Suckers are masterful at embroidering their tracks with colorful sonic filigree, as evidenced by the faux-Asian stylings of “Bricks to the Bones” and the Bowie-like lounge soul of “Chinese Braille.” The band achieves the most direct hit with “Going Nowhere,” a revved-up slice of power pop longing that’s both mopey and joyous.

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About Suckers

Suckers formed in Brooklyn, NY, where members Quinn Walker, Austin Fisher, Pan, and Brian Aiken began mixing tribal indie rock with flourishes of chamber pop and Bowie-inspired eclecticism. Walker enjoyed some success as a solo artist in 2008 (having signed to CocoRosie's label and issued a double album to underground acclaim), but the band brought a different palette to the drawing board, with multi-instrumentalists Pan and Fisher serving to widen Walker's sound. Drummer Brian Aiken joined the lineup after a yearlong sojourn to Hungary, and Suckers began sharing New York stages with the likes of Yeasayer, MGMT, and Chairlift. A self-titled EP followed in early 2009, featuring the band's avant-garde take on pop music. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY

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