Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

Sam Lynch – Darkest Places

Written Wednesday, November 13

There is a gentle and serene quality to Sam Lynch’s voice that is instantly enchanting and beguiling. It grants her storytelling a deeper sense of character. It’s a little extra relatable and heart-wrenching.

This collection of songs is short: only three songs adding up to less than a dozen minutes of music. But it’s a very potent three songs, full of emotion and promise. I’ve been listening to these songs daily for the last couple weeks. The more I listen to them the more convinced I am that this is the start of a very bright career. 

In September Lynch got to open for Mother Mother, the Zolas, and Tokyo Police Club at the Malkin Bowl. No doubt that must’ve been an exciting experience for her, and a great milestone for her budding career. She’s been releasing singles and videos and is on the cusp of releasing a full length album. I have a feeling that we’re going to see some really great things from her in the New Year.

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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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