Lightning Dust announce London warm-up show

Jagjaguwar are thrilled to announce that LIGHTNING DUST will return to these shores next month for an intimate London show, ahead of their appearance at the Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Support at The Lexington on Thursday May 6 comes from labelmates Wolf People.

May 6 London, Lexington w/Wolf People 7.30pm, £9 adv

May 7-9 Butlins Minehead, All Tomorrow's Parties (curated by Matt Groening)

Released in August 2009, the band's second album Infinite Light ups the ante of their minimalist, self-titled 2007 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 members of Black Mountain, though one that is no less loaded with tension and an enviable fluency in the most classic of psych-rock.

Infinite Light finds Webber and Wells calling upon the powers of classic pop arrangements and making the most of five days with a Steinway Grand piano. While the pair met through their involvement in what they described as two of the saddest bands in Canada, the new material sees them moving away from the uniformly downbeat. Rather, the songs were more suited to lush and melodramatic arrangements. Cue the strings. Lightning Dust have delivered a cosmic record about the adventure in finding love and the journey in losing and rediscovering "the light."

While Infinite Light is definitely more layered and lush than their previous effort, 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.

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