Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

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 cinematic in scope and detail.

Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, who were both founding members of Black Mountain, have made Lightning Dust their full time focus after stepping away from Black Mountain in 2017. Since then they’ve been working hard at crafting the sound of Spectre. They’ve taken their time with this release. Fantasy was released in 2013, which feels like a lifetime ago. Spectre was definitely worth the wait. It is a thoughtful and ominous album.

Webber’s voice is sometimes haunting, like on “Led Astray” or “When It Rains”, and sometimes it can be angelic, like on “More”, which has an almost hymn-like quality to it.

Sonically there is something uniquely dark about it. The pieces are all familiar, yet the whole is something unlike anything else I hear on the scene today.

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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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