Candi and the Strangers New Wave, Indie, Psychedelic, Electronic

These ethereal Austin, TX natives officially formed January 2009 after their producer, Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Voxtrot, The Octopus Project), stepped out from behind the mixing board and joined founding members John Constant, Samantha Constant, Angie Rose and Greg Rose. Lush arrangements, driving beats, layers of vibraphone, organ, omnichord and guitar mix with honeyed female vocals to produce a sound which gives a nod to the bright French yé-yé paired with haunting electronica and shoegaze.

After releasing their self-titled debut on November 3, 2009, the band completed six instrumental tracks written by John and Samantha Constant for the 2010 SXSW Audience Choice Spotlight Premiere, Richard Garriott: Man On A Mission, which chronicles Austinite's civilian ride to the International Space Station via the Russian Space Program. Yvonne Lambert of The Octopus Project and the celebrated Austin string quartet, Tosca, were guest recording artists on various songs. The tracks merge indie space pop, the electronic elegance of the theremin, and string / horn arrangements which pay homage to Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western genre to create futuristic frontier landscapes. The movie's original score went on to win the Silver at Park City Music Festival for Best Impact of music in a documentary.

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"Lovely pop perfection!" 

--Texas Music Matters

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