Lightning Dust – Infinite Light

January 01, 1970



If Amber Webber were to sing the tables of contents of each
volume of Encyclopedia Brittanica  the way she carries Lightning Dust’s sophomore
effort, there’s a decent bet it’d be compelling. Her warbling falsetto lends
every syllable a sense of drama, her enunciation rendering inconsequential
words – like, for example, “boot” – cornerstones in the verbiage of these
songs. Her utterly compelling leadership of these songs has left this critic –
even after repeated listens – mostly unaware, and mostly uncaring, what exactly
she’s singing about, the sound of her voice alone illustrating enough dynamic
movement in the songs’ construction.


Though, just because the spotlight here is possessed
near-entirely by Webber, her command of these ears owes much to the gently
swinging complement of the band’s arrangements. The rhythm section pushes
softly, but insistently like surf over sand, flexing and releasing its pulse
while constant swell and swoon of strings gives an airy cushion over which
Webber’s vocals can move freely. The word “elegant” gets thrown around some,
but doesn’t really capture the casual, humid atmosphere Infinite Light creates. Saying that these songs flutter and flow
and captivate like the swaying hem of a sundress on a pretty girl – well, that
comes closer.


Standout Tracks: “The Times,” “Never Seen” BRYAN REED


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