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Doomsday season sparked indie duo Lightning Dust's new album, Spectre and then some at

Doomsday season sparked indie duo Lightning Dust's new album, Spectre


Doomsday season sparked indie duo Lightning Dust’s new album, Spectre

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Doomsday season sparked indie duo Lightning Dust’s new album, Spectre

by John Lucas on November 7th, 2019 at 11:49 AM

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Lightning Dust has a little bit of a picture downside. A Google Images downside, to be actual. When you seek for photos of “Lightning Dust”, one can find promo photographs of the Vancouver indie duo, however principally what you’ll find yourself with is web page after web page of photographs of an aquamarine-hued Pegasus.
That’s Lightning Dust—not the band, however the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic character. It needs to be famous that the musical mission’s genesis predates the horse’s debut by a number of years, and that the animated collection, whereas written in Los Angeles, was produced in Vancouver.
“I don’t remember how the name Lightning Dust came about,” admits Amber Webber, who fronts the duo, which additionally options Josh Wells. “Who knows, but I remember a few years after we were a band, the My Little Pony thing came out. It was during that time when we weren’t really that Internet-savvy yet, so we didn’t have the Twitter thing, the this and the that, right? The My Little Pony thing took it all! I felt so ripped off. And then, actually, to further this, Rihanna just started a makeup line called Fenty, and one of the eye shadows is Lightning Dust.”
Being confused with a cartoon pony is one factor, however nobody would mistake the most recent Lightning Dust album, Spectre, for something remotely related with Rihanna. Nor does it sound precisely like something Webber and Wells have made earlier than, both. Sure, the Lightning Dust signifiers are there, together with the layered keyboards and Webber’s sonorous and richly emotive singing.
But the luxurious, natural preparations and the pair’s willingness to sometimes rock out—take a look at the climactic refrain in “Led Astray” or the propulsive drama of “Joanna” for proof—stand in marked distinction to the final Lightning Dust outing. Released in 2013, Fantasy was constructed on a basis of programmed drums and sequencer tracks—the end result, Webber says, of a fleeting infatuation with digital outsiders like Suicide and the Knife. Video of Lightning Dust – "Led Astray" “I can’t speak for Josh, but for me it was a phase I was going through that I thought it would be fun to try,” she says. “When we started touring it, it kind of seemed more difficult, for me. Singing to canned tracks and sequencers and all that, it just kind of kills the joy of it. You have less room to play around and have fun and keep it exciting on tour and stuff.”
Spectre, then, is perhaps a extra correct reflection of the place Lightning Dust is coming from, sonically, and it may also be a more true illustration of Webber as a songwriter. She estimates that, for earlier information, she and Wells break up the writing evenly on the musical facet, together with her penning all of the lyrics. This time round, she wrote all the factor herself, aside from one song.
That’s as a result of Wells was busy enjoying drums for Destroyer, to say nothing of serving as producer for that band’s album Ken. With her accomplice in any other case occupied, and free of the obligations of being a member of Black Mountain (which each she and Wells had give up), Webber discovered herself with loads of time to work on Lightning Dust songs within the summer of 2017.
As locals will little question recall, that was a record-breaking wildfire season in British Columbia, and the smoke within the air left the skyline of Vancouver trying just like the panorama of some newly found area of Hades.
“I wrote the album when the whole city was smoky from the fires,” Webber recollects, “and there was a sense within the air—like, apocalyptic, you understand? And it actually bought to me. I’ve horrible insomnia, and I believe perhaps due to that, it was only a bizarre summer. That summer was so bizarre. You by no means bought to see the solar; you by no means bought that vitamin D repair, it felt like, and it simply messed me up. I can’t clarify it. It felt like doomsday.
“Also, in personal-life stuff, I had a lot of things ending in my life, and it just felt like there was this heaviness to life and the world,” she continues. “Even if you just want to get into politics, there’s the whole Trump thing. Ugh. It got heavy for me, so it definitely came into the writing.”
That explains the atmospheric album opener, “Devoted To”, with its imagery of a “smoked-out city” and lyrics together with “And now I’ll find my way back in/Even if I never sleep.”
Even extra bluntly apocalyptic are the paired closing tracks, “3AM/100 Degrees”, when Webber sings, “Sun sets it’s 100 degrees/And this world has fallen to its knees.”
She explains: “I definitely wrote the album sort of like a story, so the ending of the last song, ‘100 Degrees’, is meant to be like an awakening from the atomic bomb or something, where you look at the world and it’s dead and you’re walking around, but you feel maybe a sense of relief, or ‘I’m still alive,’ you know?”
If the entire train sounds hopelessly dismal, relaxation assured that Spectre is just not all doom and gloom. It’s a beautiful—even uplifting—pay attention, and thematically it’s much less about being trapped in bleak instances than it’s about surviving them. In Webber’s view, that’s a constructive factor.
“It’s a dark album, but it actually is really optimistic at the same time,” she says. “I’m an optimist at heart, so even when the world doesn’t seem great, I’m always grateful to be a part of it.”
Lightning Dust performs the Fox Cabaret on Wednesday (November 13). More

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