King beardo Stephen McBean gets all the attention in perma-bonged psych rockers Black Mountain, but discerning fans know the band’s secret weapon is tremolo-voiced singer Amber Webber. Lightning Dust–comprised of Webber and Black Mountain drummer Joshua Wells–began as a side project, but blossom into their own crazily beautiful thing on Infinite Light. The hushed keyboard-and-vocal majesty from the duo’s eponymous debut gets a dramatic boost this time around as campfire guitar, symphonic string swells and martial drumming join the mix. Most striking is that Webber and Wells now sound like an actual band, whether reinventing Laurel Canyon country for the indie nation on “History,” or channeling the velvet-morning pop of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra on “Honest Man.” They might be moonlighting, but they’ve officially stepped out of Black Mountain’s shadow.
(JAGJAGUWAR) Mike Usinger
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