Sean McCandless* ‎– Gardens Grow

Crystacular ‎– 001
Cassette, Album, Stereo


A1 S~candles Midnight Whispers 2:37
A2 S~candles Aquarium Skylight 3:25
A3 S~candles Freestyle Kampung 4:24
A4 S~candles Glitter Bamboo Jam 4:52
A5 S~candles, DubL Lolo Beets 4:25
A6 S~candles Rainbow Forest 4:59
A7 S~candles This n That 5:02
B1 S~candles Silver Dolphin Special 4:16
B2 S~candles Forest Harp bass mix 2:36
B3 S~candles Irrigate Nu 5:29
B4 S~candles Smoothscape 2:27
B5 S~candles Splttr Paint 5:58
B6 S~candles Sun Moth 9:39


First album from Sean McCandless aka S~candles, who also did the cover art as MrCrystacular.
Gardens Grow is a collection of electronic instrumentals recorded on laptops in California, Chicago and Indonesia from 2007-2014, released for the first time on cassette in conjunction with Cassette Store Day 2018.
You can hear the Indoneisan influence on Side A, with colorful interlocking jams like Aquarium Skylight and Rainbow Forest, which were made while Sean was in Central Java studying music and dance theater. Side B features a more folktronica style, as affected acoustic guitar and Celtic harp make melodies and interlocking loops on songs like Silver Dolphin Special, Irrigate Nu (an anagram of guitar siren, taken from the main sonic components of the song) and the incresingly experimental Splttr Paint and Sun Moth.
This run of 100 cassettes also marks the first release of Crystacular Records, also headed by Sean McCandless, located in Lafayette, CA.