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The Cathode Rain

by Candytree

The Cathode Rain's nine cloudbursts Bring the Fear On: The album opener, it's a caressing anti-personnel manifesto carried by a tense jangly riff; Power Failure: the lead single is a slip sliding melodic power anthem. Imagine a glider with a turbo boost button; Hypnotise: the penultimate track and the albums climax is an embracing, flurrying anthem. If this song was made solid it would be a snow globe; Fix A Gun: the perfect closing track, this is a daybreak croon propelled by an ambient rhythm trickling down like a digital rain; Radars & Crossed Wires: a fierce pop noir thrash, vocals slipping between sweet smiles and sneering snarls; Illusion: a mid-breakup lullaby, with a dawn melancholy and melody mostly carried by piano; Electric Wave: the crypto title track is scrap yard metallic pop noire, with a gothic punch, followed up by a lush oceanic kiss-in-the-tail with classic rock style guitar soloing. And it's whole lot less messy than that sounds; Take Another Hit: a skating thrash a
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3. Radars and Crossed Wires candytree
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4. Illusion candytree
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5. Electric Wave candytree
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6. Thin Veneer of Joy candytree
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7. Take Another Hit candytree
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8. Tied to a Random Event candytree
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9. All in Your Head candytree
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10. Rewind the Camera candytree
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11. Hypnotise candytree
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Album Notes
Album review – October 2011
The Cathode Rain's nine cloudbursts
Bring the Fear On: The album opener, it's a caressing anti-personnel manifesto carried by a tense jangly riff; Power Failure: the lead single is a slip sliding melodic power anthem. Imagine a glider with a turbo boost button; Hypnotise: the penultimate track and the albums climax is an embracing, flurrying anthem. If this song was made solid it would be a snow globe; Fix A Gun: the perfect closing track, this is a daybreak croon propelled by an ambient rhythm trickling down like a digital rain; Radars & Crossed Wires: a fierce pop noir thrash, vocals slipping between sweet smiles and sneering snarls; Illusion: a mid-breakup lullaby, with a dawn melancholy and melody mostly carried by piano; Electric Wave: the crypto title track is scrap yard metallic pop noire, with a gothic punch, followed up by a lush oceanic kiss-in-the-tail with classic rock style guitar soloing. And it's whole lot less messy than that sounds; Take Another Hit: a skating thrash anti drugs homily that could sneakily cross-over to a Vampire movie soundtrack; Rewind the Camera: loud and grungy delinquent pop with taunting backing vocal. So, 9 great reasons to get this album then. Eugene Brown, Epping, UK Oct 2011

Ul2raViolet LOVES Candytree. I have to go travel back a long way to recall an album that makes me feel like this (REM Monster, Pearl Jam No Code, Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream). This band are a sensation. Ul2raViolet, Dorset, UK, (via reverbnation) Nov 2011





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Kailas Elmer

Album Review: December 2011 (Trebuchet Magazine)
Album review: December 2011 © Kailas Elmer, 2011 Trebuchet Magazine

Candytree have consistently released albums for what seems like decades. They exist as something emblematic of persistence. The Cathode Rain is startling in so far as they sound completely rejuvenated and tonally mature.

The majority of readers of this review will not be familiar with Candytree. Psychedelic pop: playing card indie, kings, jacks, boxed genres and colour wheels. In 1995 they would have been at the vangard of the shoegaze-pop post Mary Chain sensibility. Through the ensuing years they have admitted trod water and at various times threatened to drown to personnel wanderings, indifference and the spectre of poverty. How sublimely staggering is it to receive an album as great as The Cathode Rain.

The guitar's reminiscence of early Radiohead and the processed female vocals bring to mind the hugely underrated Medicine of, yes you guessed it, 1995. Do we remember the impact of The Crow soundtrack? The swaying noisecore of Time Baby III depicted gothically malevolent in that sublime slice of visual overproduction and teen fantasy, echoes through many parts of this album. Remember kids, that Radiohead of their time weren't that unique; their early light was shared with Medicine (Time Baby III), Spaceman 3 (Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space), and Adorable (Sistine Chapel Ceiling).

It's history now so feel the potsherd, taste the lime and exhume shoegaze's corpse because if S.C.U.M have taught us anything it's that it's time to shine, darkly. Speaking of Adorable, they used to be called The Candy Thieves, so the circularity of history is once again repeating itself. One feels that The Cathode Rain might be well served, at least with the release of The Cathode Rain of changing their name and starting afresh. They now have the ammunition. Cathode kills all comers. It has become weirdly and undeniably relevant.

The power inherent in The Cathode Rain exceeds my pathetic and obsessive love of 90s Shoegaze with its losers, cold bitches, wet shoulders, and ridiculous conversations on Milan Kundera. It rounds out the trifecta of S.C.U.M and YUCK by its revolt of paisley, malcontent, social realism and saccharine sweetness. It's an album that is great for all the reasons that S.C.U.M and Yuck give us pause (and they're still good). We should uphold Candytree because they have made it through the otherside and have brought the nectar of hell with them, which makes this release so much the sweeter.

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Here’s an interesting bunch. Candytree are a five-strong set-up from London with songs that skirt between romance, paranoia and euphoria. "
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Eugene Brown

The Cathode Rain's Nine Cloudbursts © Eugene Brown, October 2011
The Cathode Rain's nine cloudbursts
Bring the Fear On: The album opener, it's a caressing anti-personnel manifesto carried by a tense jangly riff; Power Failure: the lead single is a slip sliding melodic power anthem. Imagine a glider with a turbo boost button; Hypnotise: the penultimate track and the albums climax is an embracing, flurrying anthem. If this song was made solid it would be a snow globe; Fix A Gun: the perfect closing track, this is a daybreak croon propelled by an ambient rhythm trickling down like a digital rain; Radars & Crossed Wires: a fierce pop noir thrash, vocals slipping between sweet smiles and sneering snarls; Illusion: a mid-breakup lullaby, with a dawn melancholy and melody mostly carried by piano; Electric Wave: the crypto title track is scrap yard metallic pop noire, with a gothic punch, followed up by a lush oceanic kiss-in-the-tail with classic rock style guitar soloing. And it's whole lot less messy than that sounds; Take Another Hit: a skating thrash anti drugs homily that could sneakily cross-over to a Vampire movie soundtrack; Rewind the Camera: loud and grungy delinquent pop with taunting backing vocal. So, 9 great reasons to get this album then. Eugene Brown, Epping, UK Oct 2011

Ul2raViolet

Ul2raViolet (via reverbnation), Dorset, UK November 2011
Ul2raViolet LOVES candytree. I have to go travel back a long way to recall an album that makes me feel like this (REM: 'Monster'; Pearl Jam: 'No Code'; Smashing Pumpkins: 'Siamese Dream'). This band are a sensation. Ul2raViolet, Dorset, UK, (via reverbnation) Nov 2011

Reiny Pier

Wordspill - © Reiny Pier, March 2012
A smooth rush of sound laps at the shores of distance as Candytree is picked up on, just as the waves of a hungering ocean are to a beach approached… Turn it up for a sure fire cause of elation…The wild is a calm roar, nature's tongue, nature's appetite… They take us back with passionate beating, raw reflections to the lyrics' flames from that raw sugar voice… Gorgeous. A tight sway woven by each talented part.. Candytree keeps it tight. and can't all be sweet but wakes a lasting appetite for more in raw moods, phasing in and through craving dances… Would that it be live that the Thin Veneer of Joy be felt and Radars and Crossed Wires… Each play is smooth sultry even at the hardcore edges… We love it all and yes, all that they give is wanted. We are moved and waiting. ~ Reiny Pier

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