– Olaf Tyaransen, Hotpress
Candy girl, candy girl, wherefore art thou from? Ireland says her bio but she could’ve stepped out of Arnold Boecklin’s dark classic «Toteninsel» just the same. Currently she lives on the nether side of Berlin and calls herself a «punk vamp» – is that in the Marlene Dietrich or the Irishman Bram Stoker way? Her 2013 song «I See A Demon» apparently provides the answer. Unfathomable Gothic folktales provide inspirations for her songs and so does the darkness all around us. Her debut EP was the 2013 «Before The Sunset Ends» which garnered critical acclaim and for which the title song was nominated as «the greatest song never to be featured on the Twin Peaks soundtrack» (Hotpress). It was produced by The Pogues frontman and hellhound Shane McGowan and was rumored to have been completed just in time before sunrise. The year before Candice first caught the public’s eye with a trashy rock’n’roll stomper «Cannibal Love». An «agreeably bonkers slice of horror-themed garage rock raucousness» wrote The Guardian.
Her current album is «Garden of Beasts» and the songs evoke visions as nightmarish as those portrayed in Henri Fuseli’s paintings. Her songs flow and swirl, melodious and pretty and they wrap around you like the mantel of darkness. Her lyrics tell of magical excursions into gothic gardens and her powerfully voice ascends like a black raven that flaps its wings at night. The lyrics entice you into following her to the unlit corners of dark love, mortality and the universe of otherworldly beings. Covered in black moon dust not for everybody to be blinded by, Candice Gordon is like a diamond in the rough. Catch her black light while it still shines in the dark.