Big drums and bright string melodies are waiting for us at the start of AV Super Sunshine’s rock mix of the new single “Candyland,” and as we strap ourselves in for the ensuing rollercoaster ride of rhythm, the music gets even more molten hot and inviting. AV Super Sunshine is packing the big guns into a small package perfect for rock, pop and indie fans’ autumn listening sessions in both this version of “Candyland” as well as the dance party mix (also referred to as the radio edit) of a release that has got critics abuzz like few other two-piece singles have in 2019. Instrumentally stimulating and lyrically provocative, this track makes yet another big hit for an artist who has already had quite the year to say the least.
The rock mix isn’t even slightly as guitar-focused as I would have assumed it to be; in this track, it’s actually the drums that make the biggest statement to listeners. Their pitter-patter assault that clashes with the boldly colorful bassline easily provides one of the main reasons why I was as swept away with this version of “Candyland” as I was, but although there isn’t as much interplay in the dance party mix, the same enthusiastic wallop of melodies remains intact. Both of these tracks are carefully constructed, and honestly quite different in their own unique ways, and I think it was smart of AV to release them in the way that he chose to recently. He’s a very cut and dry musician who is always thinking outside of the box, and he’s making himself totally accessible to us here.
Even though the radio edit is just a little too glossy for what I would normally look for in a pop remix, it’s just as much of a juggernaut at any volume as its rock n’ roll counterpart is. There’s a defiant edginess to this composition that carries over into any style of play that AV puts it through, and it’s only because of his swaggering leadership that the music is as intense an entity as it is in these various scenarios. AV’s own performance is what makes these grooves come to life, and were he not as on top of the smaller details as he is here, “Candyland” might have been a lot harder to get into, even for the most eclectic listeners in the crowd.
If you were foolish enough to think that you had already heard the very best of AV Super Sunshine, you’re going to be especially excited to hear what he and his fellow players are doing in “Candyland.” I would be interested in hearing a couple more versions of the song if AV were just as interested in making them, and that alone makes his latest release one of the more unique to come across my desk in recent memory. It’s not very often that an artist is able to explore the limitations of his own compositional talents in such an open, tangible way that the fans can enjoy just as much as industry insiders like myself do, but when it does happen (as it has here), it’s something that deserves to be celebrated by all who love good music.