Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

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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Swim Team – V

Written Friday, July 26

Bold, brash, unapologetic, and most importantly, expertly executed, V is Vancouver indie of the highest caliber, creativity firing on all cylinders. It’s unique and non-conformist, the kind of album that is sure to have longevity among Vancouver music fans. It’s an album I hope finds a wider audience, because people should hear it and it […]

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Necking – Cut Your Teeth

Written Tuesday, July 23

This album came out on my birthday. And it was probably the first time since high school that I went out of my way to buy a physical copy of an album on the day it was released. And boy was it a great present to myself. The much hyped, much anticipated debut Mint Records […]

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Actors – It Will Come to You

Written Tuesday, July 23

The sound of Actors is that of a carefully curated collection of nostalgic post-punk staples. Classic 80s synth sounds, popping snares and kicks, heavily reverberated guitars, a melancholy and nonchalant vocal performance. Everything about this album oozes cool and hip. And “cool” isn’t really a word I use a lot when describing music. In this […]

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Whelming – Settle

Written Friday, July 19

In only four songs clocking in at about twenty minutes, Whelming displays a wealth of diversity and attention to detail, all while maintaining an auditory identity that is unmistakable, a fingerprint characterized by driving grooves, a smooth and gritty vocal range, and a tastefully restrained and apt rhythm section. Settle presents the listener with all […]

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Haley Blais – Let Yourself Go

Written Friday, July 12

Haley Blais was probably my most listened to Vancouver artist of 2018. Following this album’s release, it promptly went on repeat on my phone and in my car for a few weeks and, even though I’ve heard it a million times now, it’s still in the regular rotation for me. She might be one 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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