10.27Lightning Dust – Infinite Light
Amber Webber and Josh Wells have decamped from Canadian noise collective Black Mountain to make infinitely more entertaining music with their duo project Lightning Dust. It’s a stealth album, Infinite Light is. It starts out with the perfectly pleasant and heavenly melancholy of “Antonia Jane,” all easy twang and warm piano, presided over by Webber’s commanding and idiosyncratic delivery and a nasal tremble that’s all Stevie Nicks sass and Jean Smith grit. So you’re thinking, “Okay, fucking cool, a little bit of sunbaked country, right?” No, fuck no, because then it’s all Martin Rev Casio heartbeats and fuzzed-out one-finger synth stabs bleeding over the staccato acoustic guitar and piano and Webber and Wells’ vocals are pushed to the forefront, more forceful than ever. It’s a strange and wonderful mix of late summers on yer grandma’s porch in the hills and the dirty sweat of some city alley. From there, the hybridizations come fast and furious. There’s hints and nods towards Kate Bush (“Never Seen”), Emmylou Harris, Tears For Fears, Suicide, and Concrete Blonde.
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