Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Lightning Dust - "Different War"

Photo by Rob Butterfield

The latest from Lightning War is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. "Different War" could have easily been a lovely little folk song, and it would have been a terrific one. But instead Lightning Dust have this tension in the music that is sure to drag the anxiety out in the listener. The tension in the song just builds and builds between Amber Webber's quietly intense vocals and the music that starts off sparsely and builds in orchestration as the song goes on. Towards the end, the song has gone from a quiet folk song to an indie rock epic without you even noticing. 

Some of the tension of the song undoubtedly comes from the romantic split between the duo. Amber Webber says of the song:

“I wrote this song knowing love had died despite our best efforts to revive it. It’s a song about defeat, surrender and acceptance, comparing love to war. Josh ran with this feeling and created an atmosphere of plodding tension, slowly building to an epic orchestral crescendo, then giving way to a lonely spaciousness.”

You can watch the video for "Different War" below. Nostalgia Killer is due out June 9 on Western Vinyl, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Lightning Dust, check out the artist on Facebook and Twitter.

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