Influences: Queen, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, The Tea Party, Pearl Jam, Explosions In The Sky, Enigma, The Beatles, Hovercraft
Candle is something that needs to be experienced.
The music of Candle has been described as Progressive, Psychadelic, Space Rock, and even Experimental. But what Darby, the artist behind the sounds, is really trying to achieve is a connection with every listener. To make those who choose to listen to his music feel something deep within themselves. Something they might not have ever felt before. Or maybe some memory they cherish deeply. The frequencies and moods created with a single guitar are layered in order to paint vistas which hopefully will let the sensations & imaginations of the listeners rejoice in the experience and become an interactive part of the music itself.
So close your eyes, take a deep breath & relax. Let the music touch your soul.
The past year has been spent developing a fantasy world with three lovely collaborators. We are now in the process of writing the first novels set in that world. If your interested in the world, its cultures & some of the short stories already written, you can check them out at:
Anyway, that brings me to FAWM 2020. A leap-FAWM (14½ songs) & I'm sort of in the same headspace as last year. There is my Oligarchy tracks from last year that I want to do more of. But beyond that, I have no plan. It worked amazingly last year (23 songs, more than I've ever done!), so I figure, why re-invent the wheel, right?
We'll see what happens this year.
See You In The Shadows…
|#2||Horror In The Museum||
|#3||Door Of Tomorrow||
|#7||Permanent Brain Deterioration @fuzzy||
|#10||Necessities Of Virtue||
|#11||The Drums Of Oblivion||
|#16||Seven Years - f. Slackbot||
|#18||The Gift (Warning: Rated R - NSFW)||
|#20||Distress Message From The Exploration Starship "Exceptional Clockwork" @fuzzy||
|#23||The Cost Of Solace||
|#24||Sands Of Arabia||
|#26||A Turtle Ate My Woman||
|#28||A Ship At Night||
|#30||Lull A Bye||
Since pretty sure you're still around haha, just as a general comment to all your stuff I really love(and am jealous) of what you do!
I've given the midi world a whirl....as piano was my first love single digits age....Have not given up, but I just tinker it always makes me feel like I'm trying to land a space shuttle or some shit hahah.....would love to get together on some stuff sometime.
The thing that makes Van Der Graaf special is the fact that they have no guitars, not even a bass. The bass is all keyboard foot pedals. The melody is held down by Jaxon's distorted saxophones and the organ.
I actually saw them live in Toronto as a three piece (drums, organ, and piano) in 2001(?). It amazed me how much noise three guys in their 60's can make!
Robert Fripp does a fantastic guest guitar solo on one of their songs, too.
I suggest the "Still Life" and "Pawn Hearts" albums if you're interested in hearing more. "Pawn Hearts" is weirder and more "proggy" if you know what I mean.
In case you don't know or remember, during 5090 last year, many started to get Error 505 messages, a "permissions" access message. So, while I could, others could not and pending from what they linked from, - it was confusing since many then could not get their Song Lists commented/feedback-ed on.
The errors still appear to be there. I can access a SoundBoard from one link but not another. (And which ID's?, ah..., that's the confusion, who, what, where, why and how! Such as it goes!)
So, "fyi" on that.
I had a bunch of links to it, (proofed, it worked), Rocktober, but only until now, you, - did interest be shown.
- There's allot of redundancy in the threads 😉 for various reasons, however, pick one and maybe link it there too, -- just say'in, just say'in...
OK, so as for stuff not to get to lost, all over the internet, here's, as well, from the 5090 post:
[@Candle] (I don't think the ID helps, but, just in case 😀 - many had Error 505 errors when this all ended, fyi 😉 so. As you say, we shall see. -- I'll copy this to your FAWM Soundboard!)
Some 1980's ish lyrics flood to mind during the introduction. Yes, great original "textures", so to speak.
I'm hoping that you'll do 50/90 this summer; I miss you there! 😀
For me too. Someone close to me called keepalive "a masterpiece" but she's biased 😉 Thanks for getting it to that level. Cheers 😀
I think you used the word therapeutic right!? 😀 Hey man follow me on the Tweets so we can chit chat!!
Thank you! Congrats to you too! Thanks for all the listens.
On 13th Floor I kind of hang before the word “pain”. Yes I have had some trials as of late. But you gotta do what you gotta do! In the end the album will be named after my 2nd FAWM track... FWIW 😉
I’m ok though buddy honest!! Thanks for listening, and see you in the light!!!
On métamorphosis imagine me in a car, in the parking lot of a mental hospital in my neighbourhood, screaming for an hour, to get three decent tracks of the chorus... I couldn’t possibly record that at home... the neighbours would freak!!!
Well, my friend, I think it's time I started to get caught up on your music!
Oh man, I so need to come and give your tunes a listen...
In the meantime, no pads were deployed on my final little track. I have an acoustic with a pickup, so I record it through a mic and at the same time feed the pickup output through my pedalboard... I think the main thing that's driving the shimmery effect is my EHX Oceans 11 reverb.
Thank you for the listens and comments. You have a great artistic style and I enjoy your pieces and the way you detail your writing and idea generating process. I didn't have time for any collabs this year, but would be interested in doing one next time!
Hey just wanted to say it was *great* working with you, and congratulations on this year's album! I'll be back to listen more after I pay some attention to the FAWM widow 😉
Rereading some of the comments I've recieved and saw again your mention of Vathek, so I did some research on the novel. Now I gotta track down a copy; it looks like it's right up my alley! Thanx for turning me on to it!
That goes both ways bro. Are you going for 30 songs!?
Thanx for putting out so much high-quality music this February!!
You know I always enjoy listening to your tunes!!
We need to collab again at some point!
I have so enjoyed listening to your work, it's been very inspiring for my first fawm! 😀 I'd love to keep in touch in the meantime before the next one, drop me an email at email@example.com!
Ha! I was haunting my watchlist literally a minute after you posted A Turtle Ate My Woman, honored to zong-bust it!
Thank you for your kind comments, and congrats on your early win and prolific month as well!
Chess went very well! My bishop rammed her queen in the castle. Or something.
I am sure I've never heard Pink Floyd's San Tropez on Meddle. Your comment made me go check it out. How could my jazzy song sound like Floyd? Oh my. I never would have thought that was Floyd.
Hey, thanx for your comment.
That is an absolutely true story, by the way, believe it or not.
How easy to learn is Buzz? I have time limitations, but years ago I remember thinking that it was something I should mess around with.
Hello there! Our Feline Overlords allow me to thank you for your kind comments in regards to their track, they ask me to explain that although it would be honorable for me for them to choose me as they singer representative, as it is for me that you think I should take such position, they would never allow it as, firstly no human voice speaks for them, secondly, since all of them are omnipotent gods who share equally in their space having one official in such capacity would signify that one has more power and none of them can claim such feat, thirdly they often criticize my grammar and pronunciation and thus would never allow me such honor. I personally thank you for your awesome remark.
~embedded signal underneath the message~
~run for your life, save your family they are preparing their move against humanity and I have been charged to lull you to compliance, I have no hope and am lost, warn those you can, save yourself~
That line is actually a cliché in the guitar trade: "Three chords and a smile" is applied to any guitar that the shop knows will be bought by the first person who plugs it in and plays it! And in the case of that Tele, they were right!
Thank you so much for listening to my non-metal stuff and being so kind about it!
The more I do songs like that, the more I enjoy them. Maybe I DO need to do a whole album's worth... 😉
Clearly, brown Melodicas are not as worthy as either green or red Melodicas.
Thanks for the comment.
Thank you for all your listens and comments as well. You have a unique sound and I enjoy all your works!
Hey, thanks for the tips on Come and Hear. I do want to revisit this one, and bass is a must. I never much thought about tambos for acoustic rock, but hey, I do need to work in some variety. Thanks again.
Hi there! Thanks so much for your feedback on "Living with the Enemy," I actually remixed it based on previous feedback so you have my other listeners to thank for that mix 😀
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Such lovely feedback on my recent collab. Really appreciate you taking a listen and leaving a comment. 😀
Hi Candle, you are very welcome. It was a pleasure listening to your amazing take on Donna's challenge. I love the Dragon piece you created. Looking forward to hearing from you more of your compositions.
OK, our new collab is up.
I hope you like it! 😀
De rien, thank your for all the lovely comments!
Great job you too, you're being very prolific this year. Keep it up!
(By the way, it is nearly impossible to offend me. 😀 )
Yup, we should do another collaboration.
I sent you an email a few days ago about it, actually. 😀
I really appreciate your comments! I was concerned I had gone too far with Shards of Humanity, so I was intrigued that you specifically commented on how far things were pushed.
Wow! Thanks so much for your comment on That Road. I can't believe you remember song titles of mine from years back 😃
I love making music like that. I feel I have a lot to learn with songs like that, and I worry about them all largely being variations on the same thing... But that's what FAWM is for!
Thanks for the flattering comment on withdrawn. Congrats on banging out so many tunes already. I've got some listening to do.
Whoa already 17. Congratulations.
Thanks for all the listens and comments. Much appreciated.
In reply to recent things you had mentioned:
Fart humor is so ridiculous, yet it has this timeless quality. Often seems the more awkward the interruption the funnier it is.
I had never heard of Space Pirate Captain Harlock before, yet in googling this after your comment I have seen images of him, just never had a name to attach to it. Looks like an interesting show!
Ok emailed you a link, lyrics, and context 😀
Thanks very much Candle. Hey your profile pic is very interesting!
I sent ya a link to a crappy mixdown via BookFace, I'm on the road for the next several days but feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org as I will mostly be bored in a hotel room trying to scream at a laptop screen as "art".
Hey I've got a track that's begging for a candlesque solo, any chance you're down to lay one down?
Oye! I'd just like to let you know that I love you. I wasn't committed to this year, and either way I promised myself to not go commenting and message boarding, because the last few years my deteriorating mind was getting much too frazzled at the blatant romparoom fuckery. Anyway, looks like you're killing it. Thank you as always for keeping me going, and I'll make the time soon to check out what you've been up to. Cheers, mate!
Hahahahaha my apologies, I honestly never thought I’d write the words ‘cut up your dick’ into a song! What can I say? Pete brings out the worst in me 😂 So happy you dig 2at!
YES! UNTIL. IT. BLEEDS.
Thanks a lot for your comment in Celestial Love, it made me really happy!
Thanx for your "Stabby Emperor" comment.
When I used to teach History I always tried to keep it as interesting as I could. 😀
You are too awesomely generous with your time and comments!
I'm humbled, and slightly dazed, that you inflicted so many of my tunes on yourself in a single hit! Seek professional help! 😉
Seriously, thank you so much. It makes it all worthwhile. 😀
Glad you liked it.
It was fun to assemble!
I'm finished, but check yer email.
OK, got it and am already working on it.
Thanks for your comment on my track with Fuzzy
Hi Candle, thanks for your kind words on 'Who's Keeping Score'. I think we swapped notes last year..... nice to hear you again!
And thank you again! I'm working on part 2 right now! 😊😎
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the time you've spent listening to my twiddlings, and for the wonderful comments! 😎
Firefox is annoying. I don't know why it wants to default to Flash for the music player.
Have a great FAWM!
Happy anniversary! This FAWM has to be something special, right? 😀 Let's do it!
Okay, I just listened to "Do you believe in Flying Saucers?". This is the first Candle creation that I've ever experienced. I love it.
Good to see you back! Thanks for your kind words on my release. Have a great FAWM 2020!
Great profile pic, by the way.
Heck yeah, if you send me something I'd definitely be able to work with that.
And I look forward yours as well. Have a great FAWM!
Thanks Candle, you are way ahead of the game. This year I haven’t a clue as to what I will do...
I see that you haven't been idle. Thanks for the kind words and the mentions. 😀
Did you get my invite? If not, let me know and I'll resend.
Looking forward to more Shadowy stuff by you.
Hey! Yes we'll definitely be busting out some Casio tunes. Looking forward to hearing your music again.
Hey, sounds like you have some interesting possibilities for your FAWM concept this year, looking forward to it!!
Hi there! Looking forward to another year.
Hi there! Looking forward to another year.
I very much enjoyed your music from last year and look forward to your sounds and descriptions of the tracks and creative process!
Me too, my friend! I can't wait to see what you do with those quirky synths, lush effects, and of course that gorgeous guitar 😀
Ha ha ha... indeed, once it more than enough. FAWM gets me out of my comfort zone quite enough already 😉
Hey man, yes there are so few of us from this part of the province. I'll be looking to see what you come up with this year!
I need to hear more of your awesomeness!
I think we need to do a Collab at some point if you're willing. Not sure how it'll work, but I'm positive we can figure something out.
Looking forward to your music this year! What a strange fall and winter it's been weather-wise here... need more snow!