My name is
Francis Baptiste.
I review new music
every Tuesday & Friday.

Lightning Dust – Spectre

Written Tuesday, October 22

What an incredible leap forward this album is from their previous effort, Fantasy. While Fantasy was mostly an electronic indie album, heavy with drum machines and retro-sounding synths, Spectre is much more experimental and sonically diverse. From the first track you can tell instantly that this album is going to present something grander and more […]

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Normally I try to stick to reviewing newer releases because there is such an abundance of music that is being released in Vancouver every month that it’s a lot to keep up with. But sometimes an album is so good it seems a crime to not include it on this blog. And it’d be such […]

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Kuri – No Village

Written Tuesday, October 15

No Village is musicianship and composition on another level. From the first swelling notes, the album is elegant and sophisticated in a way I seldom hear. The classical influence merges effortlessly here with more modern rhythm parts. The textures and the mood are so cinematic. These songs convey so much sonically, without the lyrics. It’s […]

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Dan Moxon – Playing With Fire

Written Friday, October 11

The jaunty piano riff that opens the song is a bit reminiscent of the great Sir Elton John. Those playful staccato notes really get things rolling quickly, and it rolls right into a great catchy hook. When the horn joins in you can’t help but feel good. Then the group singing comes in with the […]

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Hello Victim – Come Over

Written Tuesday, October 8

The first single from Vancouver-based trio Hello Victim is a catchy, synth-pop banger. The hook to this song is so good. The way the vocals build into the chorus and right into that perfect money note is so satisfying. It’s impressive what Hello Victim can do with a simple idea. They build on a basic […]

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Tim the Mute – Welcome to the Sad Cafe

Written Friday, October 4

Relatable, sad, and funny, Welcome to the Sad Cafe is sweetly melancholic with an appropriate dash of humour. It’s so important to find humour in sadness. Beneath this heap of self-deprecating lyrics is a deeply poetic man who isn’t afraid to open himself up to his audience. The earnestness of his writing is so endearing, […]

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Ivan Hartle – Until Now

Written Tuesday, October 1

I’m a big fan of simplicity in recording. When you strip things down, all you have left is an artist and their talent. You can’t hide behind filters and effects. The performance takes the spotlight. It’s human and raw and naked. Until Now is like that. It starts so bare, and it shines. Hartle’s voice […]

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Douse – The Light in You Has Left

Written Friday, September 27

Douse might be the best smelling band in the Vancouver music scene. They’re the only band I know of that makes their own soap and sells it at their merch table. I love seeing oddball merch at shows. Even if you haven’t heard this album you might have already seen the cover. It appeared on […]

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Michaela Slinger – Flux

Written Tuesday, September 24

This song feels like reading a diary entry from a very intelligent and thoughtful artist who’s going through some serious life changes. Slinger’s voice is delicate. Her voice floats through the verses like a leaf on the breeze. And the lyrics are so relatable to anyone who’s been through a stage in their life when […]

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Louise Burns – Just Walk Away

Written Friday, September 20

A new Louise Burns album is on the horizon. And to punctuate my anticipation, I am pleased to be reviewing this single, Just Walk Away. Burns has proven throughout her career to be a masterful songwriter. She has effortlessly evolved her sound on each album, dipping her toes into new genres and new production techniques. […]

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Biawanna – Young and In Love

Written Tuesday, September 17

For the last year Biawanna has been releasing one great single after another. In a previous review I raved about her collaboration with I M U R. Take a look at her Spotify page and you’ll get a handful of great tracks to choose from. One of my favourites, maybe because it was the first […]

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The Tourist Company – Fractured State

Written Friday, September 13

I am so excited for the next album from The Tourist Company. Their latest single, Fractured State, is great track with an anthemic chorus and a great beat that starts the song and carries it all the way through. I can already imagine a crowd of fans singing, “We can’t live our lives like this. […]

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Little Destroyer – 21

Written Tuesday, September 10

It’s so good to see a single from Little Destroyer. I’m still lamenting the fact that they had to take down the singles they used to have online. Little Destroyer (the song) and Rattlesnakes were both fantastic tracks that I wish I could still find online. The latter of the two was released over two […]

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Winter Youth – Home

Written Friday, September 6

Genuinely heartfelt and sincere, Home is the first single by Vancouver duo Winter Youth, previously known as Little Crow. Singer Emily Seal and guitarist Kas Baker have created a song that is both intimate and magnetic. There’s an intangible chemistry between these two that results in sounds that are organic and universally relatable. On Home […]

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Julien Amar – Self Titled

Written Tuesday, September 3

Julien Amar’s self titled album is a unique, genre-bending gem. Amar is an accomplished musician, playing all of the instruments on this album and doing so very aptly. On songs like Feelin’ Steady, One Touch, and I Won’t Wait he proves himself to be an excellent guitarist and keyboardist. But often the real character of […]

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Adam Bailie – P.O.P.E.

Written Friday, August 30

There are so many different sounds on this album. Each song throws you a bit of a curve. Reggae, blues, folk, pop, drum loops, autotuned vocals, Bailie brings his full bag of tricks within these seven tracks. The versatility of his playing style is impressive. On a song like Still Not Over You, he shows […]

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Club Sofa – Club Sofa

Written Friday, August 23

There’s something wonderfully carefree and chill about the self-titled debut from Club Sofa. Though the subject matter of the lyrics isn’t often so peachy, the jaunty upbeat tempos and the playful guitar parts will definitely leave you with good vibes. Debut albums say so much about a band and their potential. It’s a special kind […]

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I M U R, Biawanna – Fever

Written Friday, August 16

Fever is an explicit R&B Pop anthem. There’s so much polish on this track. The beat is so good. The vocal performances are top-tier. I M U R have really exploded in popularity in the electro-R&B genre, which they’ve proven to have total mastery of in their previous releases. It’s ridiculously exciting to see them […]

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Jordan Heaney writes, produces, and records everything as Yung Heazy. On stage he’s joined by a backing band, but what you hear on the record is all him, and it’s very impressive. The album is eclectic in genre, with tracks pulling in jazz influences, classic rock, pop, folk, and psych. There are a lot of […]

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Phono Pony – Monkey Paw

Written Friday, August 2

This is a great sounding rock album. Phono Pony are a rock duo, Michael Kenyon on guitar and vocals, and Shay Hayashi on drums and synths. Between the two of them they’ve created an awesomely simple and powerful rock album. From the first chords on the opening track, 00100, you get a clear sign of […]

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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