Yesterday Stereogum premiered the video for “Never Seen,” the second single off LIGHTNING DUST’S Infinite Light. Check out the video directed by Zac Rothman below, or read what Stereogum had to say HERE.
Vancouver duo LIGHTNING DUST’S sophomore longplayer, Infinite Light, is now streaming in full as an NPR Exclusive First Listen. Amber Webber and Josh Wells, both core members of Black Mountain, have crafted a spacious, cosmic record that delivers on the intensity we’ve all come to love from their two projects.
NPR’s Robin Hilton said of Infinite Light: “…with more orchestrated songs of love and hope, Infinite Light remains somewhat elusive, with a sound that belongs, unmistakably, to Lightning Dust. The arrangements take on pop forms, but the instrumentation still feels remote and detached from the world. Webber’s voice, always the band’s most compelling element, still sounds anguished.”
Stream Infinite Light as an NPR Exclusive First Listen HERE.
Meanwhile, Infinite Light is now available for pre-order HERE.
Are you prepared to cross into the Infinite Light? With each passing day, the sophomore release from Vancouver’s Lightning Dust draws ever more near, ready to envelop you in its lush arrangements and cosmic wash. With Infintie Light (Released August 4), Amber Webber and Josh Wells (core members of Black Mountain) have crafted a psych-pop journey about losing and rediscovering “the light of inspiration.” Now, as they prepare to give Infinite Light unto the world and ready for a September/October tour with spiritual brethren The Cave Singers, Lightning Dust share with you the mp3 for “Never Seen,” a moody deep cut from the album, that brings to mind a dark, electro “Hounds of Love.”
“Never Seen” recently premiered on Stereogum, which said of the track: “…taking it in a gothy, more theatrical direction, Amber Webber chews into the scenery for ‘Never Seen’…and it’s last couple minutes are worthy of Siouxsie Sioux (at least in spirit). ‘Never Seen’ goes in a different, aesthetically linked direction than the Suicide/synth-pop/country anthem overlap of ‘I Knew,’ which bodes well for the collection on a whole.”
Listen to “Never Seen”
In June, Lightning Dust was featured on NPR’s tastemaking All Songs Considered, where host Bob Boilen played Infinite Light’s closing track “Take It Home,” of which Boilen said: “A good number of the songs on the record are piano based, recorded when the duo spent 5 days in a studio with a Steinway; though the arrangements are more lush than their first record. The track I love best is the CDs closing cut, this one feels more like an outtake from an early King Crimson record.” Listen to “Take It Home” on All Songs Considered HERE.
And check out the upcoming tour with The Cave Singers HERE.
During a recent visit to Minneapolis, Lightning Dust visited the Radio K (KUOM) for an in-studio session, during which they premiered tunes from forthcoming album Infinite Light (released Aug. 4). Core members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells (of Black Mountain) were joined in the studio and on tour by Ashley Webber (Amber’s sister) singing and playing the bass and Ryan Peters (of Ladyhawk) on drums. Listen to in-studio versions of Infinite Light tracks “I Knew” and “History” on the Radio K site HERE, and ready yourself for a cosmic adventure in the light come Aug. 4.
The good people at Pitchfork did a nice post of the Radio K session on the site’s Forkast HERE.
We are extremely pleased to present the first glimpse of Lightning Dust’s sophomore album for Jagjaguwar, Infinite Light (Released Aug. 4 in the US and Aug. 3 in the UK), an album that ups the ante of the band’s minimalist, self-titled debut and lays to waste any “side project” chatter. There is a light on the other side of the black mountain, and it glows in the hearts of Vancouver duo Amber Webber and Joshua Wells. As Lightning Dust, the pair harness a gentler sound than as founding members of Black Mountain, though this sound is no less loaded with tension and an enviable fluency in the most classic of psych-rock.
While Infinite Light is definitely more layered and lush than previous efforts, Lightning Dust’s minimal aesthetic works well in the economy of musical theater, an influence for the record, wherein each song’s movements aim to be more inspiring than the one before it. And this is suiting in that Infinite Light is a nod to “the light of inspiration” that inspires us to keep dancing, creating and loving in spite of an encroaching darkness. It’s a reminder that what makes the mountains so very, very black is a distant light somewhere on the other side.
First mp3 “I Knew” is a shining example of the fuller, charging sounds of Infinite Light. The song is absolutely shot out of a cannon, driven by the ping/thud pulse and crusty keyboards of Suicide and taken to flight by the Fleetwood Mac chorus your heart belts on the drive home after that first, anxious make-out session. It’s a blazing, triumph of a song that permanently cauterizes any notion of Lightning Dust as a side project.
Listen to “I Knew” HERE.
The band are at the tail-end of a North American tour, which included some opening dates with Bonnie Prince Billy. Check out the remaining dates HERE.
And be on the lookout for upcoming Lightning Dust tours of North America and Europe in support of Infinite Light.
Strange Attraction by DIANA
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Real People by Small Black
Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi w/ White Hinterland
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