Posts tagged #Matthew Ellis

Featured Artist // Take a night drive with Purse Candy


Matthew Ellis has fully settled into Portland as a home with highly infectious brand of darker-tinged synth-pop crafted under the moniker, Purse Candy.  His vibrant jams will make the most hardened of souls move to the beat of his 80's synth ballads of young love.  The first thing you might notice when listening to Ellis's music is how many colorful textures live harmoniously within his compositions.

Take for example, the bright and hopeful I Need Want It driven by acoustic guitar, drum machine and piano.  This song brings the sense of reflection during an eternal summer.

The ethereal, mysterious and sexy composition A Storm Approaches gives a great foreboding quality that keeps a sense of suspense and intrigue.  Much akin the likes of M83, this song brings vivid imagery of a neon skyline of the city at night.

Purse Candy has been featured in commercials by BMW, JCPenney, Subaru, Toshiba and the television show 'Breaking Pointe' to name a few.  With such an impressive resume of projects, it proves that even though his compositions are electronically driven, there is something very honest and human with his music, whether you live in the future or not.

Check out more songs from Purse Candy at their Marmoset Artist Profile HERE.



This Friday night, February 24th, People's Art Portland will put on Works, an art event in SW Portland that will combine live music, visual art, and spoken word. The seventh annual event will take place at the The Old Church, on 1422 SW 11th Avenue, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

The event will feature more than 20 artists, including three musical guests from Marmoset's roster: Purse Candy, Kelly Masigat, and Bryan AgesandAges. With these artists at the helm, Works is sure to be a wonderful mutli-sensory art experience.

Admission is only eight bucks with a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank. And with admission, you get some of the most amazing food you'll ever encounter, really cheap beer and wine, tons of art, incredible live music... and good people too. Team Marmoset will be there in full effect. Check out the Works blog for more information.

Shout out to that sexy, hairy beast of a man named Matthew Henry Curl.

THIS FRIDAY: Eastside First Friday Party at Sandy Montana


This Friday our friends at Sandy Montana team up with Marmoset Music and Beacon Sound (Portland's BEST boutique vinyl shop) to present the interactive art exhibit of Portland's own Bryce Pederson. Bryce's Oddservations is a collection of otherworldly images and montages that are best experienced in person. Marmoset Music will be featuring music from Beacon Sound's Andrew Neerman on the turn tables, along with Purse Candy's Matthew Ellis at his side. Awesome. Portland's Eastside First Friday Art Walk is a blast. Our event at Sandy Montana is at 404 SE 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97214. The doors open at 6PM. Art, booze, music, and good people to mingle with.

Check out some of Bryce's work HERE.

Complete event info: HERE