Stone Candles

by Pressed And

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"[...] displays a wonderful extension of their sound by taking their talents for crafting moody, evocative, sexy beats and branching out with an unpredictable pop streak that frequently shines. Blurring the lines between acoustic and synthetic instruments as well as live and sampled vocals, Stone Candles is an innovative listen that bursts with unique ideas." - KEXP

"[...] brings the balance of North Carolina tranquility and vast pastures with vocal quips cut from the rhythm machines of Brooklyn" - Impose

"Pressed And’s hazy approach to R&B is stronger than ever in the eight-minute doozy that is 'Bored On A Lam'. The track starts on an early ’90s sensual vibe before moving into a more ’80s GuitarNB vibe, and then finally ends with a more gospel lean. The whole song progresses wonderfully, leaving you almost blissfully unaware that you just allowed one single track to play for eight whole minutes."
- Decoder

"Ever since their excellent Imbue Up in 2011 [...] Pressed And have worked on refining their sound, leaving bits and pieces of their electronically leaning imprint behind, something many artists rarely tend to do these days. The duo's distinctive strenght — their ability explore a sound beyond its origin, and allow each other's strongest sides to shine through in perfect harmony, leaves the duo's brains, Andrew Hamlet and Mat Jones, in a unique position as music makers. On Stone Candles, the concretized sounds and compositions from Imbue Up are almost vanished, rather opening the physical room for experimentation way beyond the structure set to their previous material. On the other hand, the duo clearly show that they master both aspects of these soundcrafting skills." - No Fear of Pop

"There is an interesting marriage here between guitar and electronic sound—an eager relationship in which the pair support each other in showcasing the brilliance of each instrument. It’s the coming together of the steady past, in the nylon twang and comforting thrum of the iconic guitar, and the future, with Mat’s voice manipulations singing out to the constant evolutionary nature of music. Throughout Stone Candles we feel a gentle easiness achieved in the extrusion of pop—pulling it softly, like ribbons, through windows.

We see as well the strands of influences that blow forth from distant places: a myriad of folk musings, a glint of country, a synthetic manipulation, an honest reverberation."

"[...] further evidence of the(ir) nearly unending versatility" - Portals

"Pressed And animates its electronics with a dose of soul, giving the machines something to live for." - Indy Week

"the (originally) NC-based duo flex their understanding of the incredibly blurry line between organic and synthetic musicianship in modern pop. Stone Candles tows that line eloquently, with nary a misstep." - In Your Speakers

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released June 4, 2013

CD and digital available for purchase via Mush Records.

mushrecords.com/release/255/3589

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