Candythief first emerged in association with Fence records, and now return to present a third
collection of songs. Drawing on alternative, folk, psych pop and indie influences, the songs are melody-driven and less theatrical than in previous releases, more transparently lyrical and direct, but still coloured by the unusual song structures typical of Candythief arrangements. Thematically, it deals in an uplifting way with the possibility that modern culture has sold us a bit of a lemon.
Candythief was started by singer-songwriter Diana de Cabarrus. She has shared a bill with bands like the Smoke Fairies, Pete Molinari, Emmy The Great, Malcolm Middleton, James Yorkston, King Creosote, P.U.M.A.J.A.W, Julian Marshall, Jon Hopkins and many others.
Edited highlights include live sessions/featuring as download of the day on BBC6 music, radio play from previous releases on BBC radio 1,BBC radio 2, BBC Scotland, a bunch of internet radios; having tunes on film soundtracks, one of which won a prize at Cannes.
On record and live, Candythief is refreshingly distinctive and unusual, supplying an invigoratingly vital alternative version of the female singer songwriter.
Some reviews for previous releases
Technicolour Wilderness, 2009
'Lovely...haunting stuff' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
'Technicolour Wilderness is a superb piece of work, eleven songs full of verve, imagination and beauty that really hit home. Wonderful and beguiling, gorgeous and terrifying, full of twists and turns but always enchanting and engaging.' Is This Music? *****
'This is an outstanding album and if you ever get a chance to see them live then take it.' folkradio.co.uk
‘Immaculate orchestration and incredibly erudite song-writing make for an extremely rewarding experience.' Rough Trade
'Another swoonsome and lovely record from Fence records, Candythief have created a melodic tour-de-force with like/unlike' Is This Music? ****
'Diana with the very delightful voice… swirly pop that is mercifully unwinsome and neat lyrics, factor in those weird chord changes and you have a Syd Barrett untainted by mandrax.' Is This Music? Gig review