Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

Willolux – Armour

Written Tuesday, November 19

There is so much on this album for other artists to relate to. Any striving musician or artist, or anyone who is making sacrifices for a goal that may or may not happen will be able to relate to this album, especially the opening track. “There’s no harm in dreaming but there is. I’m giving up the life I have for one I may not live.” That pretty much sums up how every aspiring musician feels all the time; plagued by uncertainty, but willing to take risks for your creativity. “Uncertainty is a part of me. Though I wish it wasn’t so.” It’s well-stated and the perfect way to start an album that seems to be a lot about the creative spirit.

Kristina Emmott has created a touching, introspective and intelligent collection of songs with Armour. She has a talent for pushing her own boundaries. On “My Heart Is Like a Shell” she steps away from the piano for a syncopated guitar riff that is a nice change of pace. On “Safe Spaces” and “The Heckler” we get a pair of songs that compliment each other perfectly in their theme and sound, with strumming guitars that fit a more traditional folk rock sound. Her voice and writing style prove to be very versatile throughout the album.

You can listen to the album here:


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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