Berlin’s Goth-Folk Queen, Candice Gordon: EP Release at Badehaus
By Allison Krupp . February 11, 2020
Candice Gordon’s is a voice of ominous yearning and simmering passion—what Hotpress calls “poisoned black molasses trickling down the side of a jewel encrusted goblet held in the gnarly claw of Beelzebub himself.” Her new EP, The Sacramental Traffic Lights, is a sweeping journey spanning four tracks, one of glittering flourishes and atmospheric worlds and textured poetry. And she’s premiering it at Badehaus this upcoming Friday, February 14, 2020.
The raw and intimate EP finds her in complete lyrical control, a puppeteer who’s both meditative and restrained, yet prone to bursts of complex emotions and gritty howls. TSTL draws itself in from previous wild (yet eternally textured) romps like “I Belong to the Night”, and becomes midnight of the soul music—shadowy late-night walks through gritty cities you once lived in that you can never really return to. There’s attitude and there’s anger and there’s also moments of resignation, but always a drive to go on. It further draws on the poetry of Yeats in the expansive second-track, “The Song of Wandering Aengus,” whilst the single, “The Sacramental Traffic Lights,” features glittering saxophone from UK avant-garde jazz saxophonist, Robert Stillman.
Irish-born Gordon has called Berlin her home for many years and has toured extensively across Europe, playing festivals like Body and Soul, Festival, Reeperbahn, and others. She’s received acclaim from The Guardian (“Agreeably bonkers slice of horror themed garage rock raucousness”) and The Independent and been featured on KEXP and BBC radio 1. She’s truly an icon in the Berlin music scene, a woman with incredible musical prowess–and one we’re truly lucky to call our own.
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