Ethereal harmonies, plucking guitars and that feeling of a lazy sunday afternoon; The Candles have it all and they’ve brought it to Austin. Formed in 2009 the New York City-based group has a long history as sidemen; working alongside their heroes helped to inform and expand their own weathered, alt-rock sound. The Candles third studio album, Matter + Spirit, is their most creatively mature and thoughtfully honest music to date. Steeped in an open-road Americana the album becomes a sort of audible journey across the dusty, windswept heartland. “Sunburned” has shades of Southern California rock, while Texas Country threads through “You Won’t Remember Me”. Touring with Norah Jones, as both her backing band and opening act, The Candles fuse modern alternative with ’70s sunset rock; they are a worthy legacy of musical greats like Neil Young. Check out their Studio 1A session below!
– Georgina Cook