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Candida Pax

by All Green Lights

It slowly grows on you, easing you out of your room and up through the ceiling.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Remember This part 1
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2. Remember This part 2
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3. Remember This part 3
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4. Remember This part 4
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5. Wild West Showdown
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6. Evanjolie
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7. White Moon
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8. Paint a Picture
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9. Houdini
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10. All Green Lights
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When I first pushed record on the computer, I started strumming on my acoustic guitar and out came some chords that I'd been strumming for years and years. Only after I got about four minutes into it, I realized I could put a counter melody on top. After I got that melody another sprang up, but on an electric piano. In this way I began putting together my album. I used guitars and keyboards and shakers and sound effects and basses and drum machines and samplers layering sound upon sound. If something didn't gel, I would edit it until it made sense. Don't ask me what makes sense, you just know. I tried doing as many crazy things as I could do, using the reverbs and backwards sounds and delays and chorused phasers until I built up a thick soup. Then I would pick out parts of the soup to focus on. I think my inspiration for making the melodies might have come from the Beatles or Weezer or Belle and Sebastian, but I'm not sure. I find that the spacier parts remind me of something by Tortoise or Mogwai, and I think I clipped the theme to the Black Hole in there, but don't quote me on it. The intensity of the music and the emotional drive I owe to Fugazi and Neutral Milk Hotel. Yo La Tengo made me realize that I could and should be making music that was fresh and creative. I was also listening to the Boredoms and thought I would try and use my mixer in more creative and new ways. After getting the music down, I would go back and listen to it again and again similarly to John McEntire. I'm not too concerned if someone hears something that's been done before, like, that was a Smith's melody, or that's a Luna chord progression. Because I put other sounds on top, and make other twists and shakes. I was trying to make music for people who get bored of music. I get bored of music quickly, the same thing over and over again, so I would have to change it up, or put something else in there to contrast the elements. I wanted to take the concept of Music to as many places as I could. I believe that Boards of Canada were right when they said that music has the right to children. If it gets too serious, I have to lighten it up. I was trying to establish different moods and emotions with my music, and my agenda was to achieve a kind of awareness and pleasure at the same time, an awareness of pleasure. I don't want you to get tired or feel too melancholic. I love Nick Drake, but I don't want my music to mope around all day. I want my music to encompass the various emotions of Life.

My future projects are going to be even more diverse and expansive, with more elements taken from life and my experiences. I am putting together a band to perform with live, although the music that will be performed will be more of the moment and not so much a rendition of the album. I want my music to be spontaneous and fulfilling, maintaining a level of freedom that gives you, the listener, a feeling of Hope.
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SeldomHeardRadio


It is a rare day when one discovers thoroughly original musical creativity. Candida Pax by All Green Lights is a delight for the ears and the imagination, truly artistic in every sense. This cd is a joy right from the beginning - to sit back and hear music that is fresh, alive, not derived from something you've heard over and over before. I look forward to playing tracks from this cd on my radio broadcasts.
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Mike Foster

Music to turn you from grumpy to smiley
I found this on CD Baby by looking for music similar to Tortoise. It turns out this is nothing like Tortoise at all - it's not cold, quiet, unemotional background music at all.

But it's really good and I'm so glad I came across it by accident. It's instrumental, with great tunes and it's very upbeat - not in a mindless "I'd like to Give the World a Coke" sort of way. It just manages to be happy music - the only reason I don't call it joyful is it would make it sound like some born-again religious rubbish.

It's great. I really like it, and I'm still playing it regularly about two years later. I wish he'd do more.
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Mundane Sounds

He's going to find himself on many a 'bands to watch' list.
All Green Lights
Candida Pax
Morninglight Records
posted July 30, 2004

If there's been one thing I've learned over the past three years, it's that the phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover' is difficult. After all, are covers not designed to draw in an audience? It's certainly true with music. If a record has a Star of David and dripping red images on black, you can pretty safely assume that the record inside isn't going to sound a thing like Belle & Sebastian. I was a bit hesitant about Candida Pax, the debut release by All Green Lights. With its violent, schitzophrenic artwork, I was expecting something that sounds really heavy, messy and noisy, something that you might hear on GSL or Load. Having seen record designs like this in the past, I felt pretty sure that the music inside was going to be nothing short of blasting noise.

Boy, was I wrong!

All Green Lights is the project of Benjamin Bettinson, a one-man tour-de-force who records by himself at home and with the aid of his computer. He doesn't suffer for it, either. Though I was prepared for a violent musical confrontation, what's found on Candida Pax is anything but--peacefuly instrumentals that are mixed with a combination of soothing acoustic guitar and gentle pulsating beats. This is a most interesting combination of instruments, and Bettinson has a vision that's unique, making for a compelling and always pleasant listen. The opening epic, the four-song "Remember This" suite--a mixture of Warp-like beats and slightly countrified guitars combined with Cocteau Twins-like guitar riffs and the occasional harmonica--sets the standard for the rest of Candida Pax.

The only problem, though, is that occasionally the music feels too synthetic. Throwing down beats is great, but when said beats and rhythms are cliched, it sounds like he just took the preprogrammed rhythms of a Casio and threw down some guitar and keyboard riffs over them. (Which, of course, is probably what he did.) The lone vocal track, "Paint A Picture," seems oddly out of place as well. "Houdini" uses the samples of a child talking and laughing, and while I'm sure it's special to him, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Luckily, these weaker moments are few and far between, and they don't overwhelm the rest of the album.

Still, I'm not too worried about the bad parts--that's the joy of programmable CD players. There's plenty of beauty to be found on Candida Pax, and the strengths of songs like "Remember This," "White Moon" and the title track are more than enough to keep me coming back again. This is a surprisingly wonderful little record, and with a little work on the more cliched moments, if Bettinson keeps it up, he's going to find himself on many a 'bands to watch' list.

I know this because he's just wound up on mine.
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WMUC-FM (88.1 FM College Park, MD)

Local, Electronic Goodness
Local electronic goodness. This sounds a little like a happier DNTEL. They give a shout out to WMUC in their liner notes. Looping instruments and great melody fuse together for this pleasant CD. It’s upbeat usually and would work for background music or standalone. If you prefer vocals check out track 8. Give it a spin if you like glitchy electronic indie stuff.

Good songs: 1,3,7
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