Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

This mini two-song release from Alex Little and the Suspicious Minds has been a recent obsession of mine. It’s straight-forward 80s-style female-fronted rock. I love the subtle use of synths in the bridge of Late Night Love, as well as the rambunctious and often-meandering bass lines during the choruses, and the diverse guitar tones, which include overdriven leads, strummed acoustic guitars, and reverb-soaked clean parts. The attention to detail on Late Night Track really elevates it beyond its simple formula. And Alex Little’s vocal performance on both tracks is cool and confident. It’s a tone that’s nonchalant without sounding lazy.

I had the good fortune of interviewing Alex Little for Vancouver Weekly a few months ago. You can read about that here.

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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.

Franci Baptiste feeling rough Francis Baptiste binge drinking Francis Baptiste at his worst

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