Singer-songwriter Erin Rae has released her breezy, psychedelic new single “Candy+Curry” from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Lighten Up, set for release February 4, 2022 via Thirty Tigers.
Produced by longtime Father John Misty co-collaborator Jonathan Wilson, the new album is an amalgam of classic pop, cosmic country and indie rock. Reflecting on her musical state of mind ahead of the recording process, she stated, ”leading up to making the record I was incredibly into Bobbie Gentry’s records, her up front vocal, and beautiful classic instrumentation with some of the more cinematic recordings of Scott Walker, AND I wanted it to feel like me. Jonathan and I had shared songs back and forth leading up to it, and for the most part I wanted to remain open to what would arise once we got in the room together.” Listen to “Candy & Curry” HERE.
“Candy & Curry” is a psychedelic, meditative track about awakening and being centred in the present moment, with a soundscape that invites the listener to float along and enjoy the ride. Its pulsing rhythms and tripped-out cellos propel Rae’s breezing voice, with her enlightened yet subtle lyrics.
Erin says of the track, “Candy & Curry is essentially a meditation, capturing those early spring days of slowing down in the pandemic. I was living in my friend Taylor’s beautiful, rustic cabin in Madison, TN and we were just cooking and hanging with the animals, and going for lots of walks. Especially then, with touring off the table, there was no choice really but to slow down and reflect. I wrote this song in the kitchen, made a four-track demo on my Tascam, and Jonathan took those thoughts and expanded them into this magical, trippy, and full sound with Jake Blanton on bass, Drew Erickson playing piano, solina, clavinet, harpsichord, and arranging strings. Jonathan was on drums, and running the Rhythm Ace. Writing this was no doubt inspired by many hours of listening to the songs of Andre Ethier and Nashville artists Good Buddy and Lambchop. It’s one of my favourites.”
“Candy & Curry” follows the release of her first official single “Modern Woman,” a pacy indie folk bop celebrating femininity in all its diverse forms.