It only takes a few bars of Analog Candle‘s cathartic new cut ‘Scarlett’s Webb’ for us to fall under the band’s spell. The expressionist, avant-garde dream-pop collective – spearheaded by producer and songwriter Callum Plews – make music that instantly hypnotises, recalling everyone from Cocteau Twins to Sigur Rós with its glacial folk sound. With the New York City-based act having just released their wondrous ‘Winter ’15’ EP, we caught up with them to delve a little deeper into their ethereal world.

‘Scarlett’s Webb’ is mesmerising. How did the song come about?

“We re-worked the words from a short poem by Callum and paired looped instrumentals, textures, and melodies to them. Our intention was to compose a hypnotic musical atmosphere in juxtaposition with the despondent lyrical content – to evoke the feeling of fairy tale gone wrong”

How did Analog Candle get together?

“We started the collective in 2010 and since then have had a revolving list of members recruited from various shows, university classes, the Internet, and social gatherings.”

What inspired your name?

“Our name is inspired by ‘Neon Bible’, our favourite album by Arcade Fire.”

Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?

The new records from Los Campesinos! and Xiu Xiu are both excellent and hugely influential. The songs we’re currently writing are also influenced by Geotic, Strange Ranger and American Football.

Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?

“We’ve never played a show, but we’ve worked with and would recommend these artists –
Pop & Obachan, MORI, Department of Everything, Daisy Oracle and IVVY.”

And finally, what does 2017 hold for Analog Candle?

“We are going to focus on the studio aspect of Analog Candle for a bit with post-production audio for indie film and other music projects. We’ll be releasing free music from members of the collective later in the year, as well as writing the follow-up to the ‘Winter ’15’ EP.”