Following on from the release of their latest album ‘Fantasy’ (Jagjaguwar), Vancouver synth duo Lightning Dust have released a chilling video for standout album track ‘Loaded Gun’.
As directed by Zach Rothman, ‘Loaded Gun’ is a futuristic study of the human race as told through bold and bleak images of fluorescent light, dripping skin, and ominous camera movements. The video speaks to the good and bad inherent in children and our uncertain times ahead.
Watch the video at VEVO here:
Listen to ‘Fantasy’ here, ten tracks of slinky nocturnal electronics brimming with irresistible pop tunes: http://open.spotify.com/artist/3Uf1PaVWJ3cUp76AIzCcoO
Lightning Dust is the alluring electronic outlet for Amber Webber and Josh Wells of Black Mountain. ‘Fantasy’ is Lightning Dust’s third proper full-length album, and it finds its inspiration in skeletal synth pop, modern R&B beats, the films of John Carpenter and – in accordance with Lightning Dust’s only longstanding rule – absolute minimalism.
The core of ‘Fantasy’ lies as much in the songwriting as in its sonics, and begins with tools familiar to Webber and Wells: her acoustic guitar and his Wurlitzer piano. They worked to distill the arrangements to just the few key elements that were necessary to make the feel right, and through countless hours of labor in The Balloon Factory – their Vancouver studio – the songs found their way to a sonic palette more squarely electronic than either expected.
Watch the soporific video for ‘Diamond’ here, the soaring first track off of the album:
‘Fantasy’ is full of epic pop music to soundtrack everyone’s summer, and available for pre-order at SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes and all good UK independent stores. The deluxe bundles also include a limited-edition 7″.
“‘Diamond’ is a gorgeously lean slice of retro-tinged soft-pop, showcasing that Webber and Wells are perfectionists when doing more with less.” – Pitchfork
“A sleepy-eyed country lament painted in shades of monochromatic synth-pop.” – About.com
“an album of ambition and maturity, of subtle shades of darkness and light, of promise fulfilled.” The Line of Best Fit
“Lightning Dust finally sound like what the scientific matter of something called “lightning dust” should sound like: a lull after a thunder clap, a sharp beam of light, something that sprinkles down after the heated rush, something organically beautiful. And in its beauty, it hurts.” CMJ