The Pairing Menu
Hand-curated treasures to enjoy while listening.
Volstead Vodka is handcrafted about twenty paces from Marmoset’s doorstep in Portland, Oregon. Using all-American neutral grain spirit, and pure Cascade mountain water, this spirit is named for Andrew Volstead — the father of Prohibition. Smooth and with a subtle creamy mouthfeel, Volstead Vodka is the perfect drink to enjoy with this record, “Fantasize” — capturing the aesthetic of classic sophistication with modern appeal. We recommend keeping things simple: add two parts cranberry juice to one part of vodka, garnish with a wedge of lime, press play and enjoy. housespirits.com
Pinot Noir Lollipops
These Pinot Noir lollipops are actually magic. Union Wine Co. makes the wine and then Quin Candy turns it in to a sugary sweet dream in your mouth. Like Marmoset and Kye Kye, Quin and Union are yet another Portland, Oregon collaboration. The candy’s flavor profile is pretty much what you’d expect: cherry, blackberry, cola, and the typical wine stuff that wine snobs say about wine. We sucked on these lollipops while listening to “Fantasize” and sorta had our minds blown. quincandy.com
Created from the magma of Earth’s inner core, these crystals have well documented healing powers, having gone through a geologic process of heating, cooling and displacement on their way to their present form.
Each stone is made up of minute, microscopic crystals, which are in constant motion thus emitting a unique energy signature. The play of light and colour can stimulate or calm; purify or heal. It’s this DNA that resonates so closely with the sounds of Kye Kye’s “Fantasize.” When you look (and listen) closely, you’ll find more detail, complexity, and beauty than one could ever imagine.
Lavender Lip Balm
Don’t get carried away and rub this stuff all over your body. Really, it’s just for your lips. Trust us. Marmoset Music Supervisor Eric Nordby got a little carried away with it... and let’s just say it got a little too tingly for his preferred comfort level. 100% natural and petroleum free, this goodness is blended together beeswax, shea butter, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil and lavender — creating a blissful, magical feel to your kisser. The scent is calming, relaxing and can be used as a healing balm on cuts as well. Made just a couple miles from Kye Kye’s rehearsal studio, the feel and smell of the balm dovetails decorously with the record — sorta dreamy and subtle, yet with a clear and undeniable “pop” to it. oregonrainsoap.com
Sage Smudge Stick
Smudging is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition in which herbs are burned for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification. The effectiveness of smudging is based on the theory that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as it clears it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space to be regenerated. We find that the fresh, alluring aroma syncs-up well with Kye Kye’s sound, providing a calm, chill vibe— and a perfect listening habitat. Light the sage with a match or a lighter and let the fire catch hold for about 30 seconds, then blow it out so the herbs are only producing smoke, no flame...and drift away into dreamland. juniperridge.com
The peacock is considered a bird of protection and of safe guarding. It’s also embraced as a protection for the inner, emotional and spiritual self. Popular lore suggests to have a peacock feather within the home will help safe guard and protect the energy and spiritual inhabitants within one’s environment. The Peacock feather is a symbol of spirituality and harmony among many cultures and faiths across the globe. And if you were to dig deeper into Kye Kye and their story, you’ll find similar themes... and even some surprises beneath the surface. Many of these dealing with spirituality and harmony, along with a strong, cohesive energy among them. They’re a family band — two brothers, a sister, and her husband. And while they were initially praised and embraced among the indie Christian music community, because of the common faith they share, they’ve fought off stereotypes and the nagging associations to be labeled a “Christian” band, holding fast to their independence and a desire to transcend categories, genres and short sighted narratives.