Started by the duo of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells as the softer folkie counterpart to their thunderous work in fuzzed-out Vancouver hard-rock combo Black Mountain, Lightning Dust have unexpectedly morphed into a dark downtempo electro-pop outfit on their third album, Fantasy. The record essentially sounds like one long song, with textures and tempos only slightly shifting as Webber's Stevie-Nicks-ish singing voice rings out atop molasses-slow mechanical beats and uber-'80s ambient synthesizer squiggles. The largely narcotized sound works bewitchingly well, with the added bonus of making those rare moments when the group opts to up the tempo on their drum machines hit that much harder. With Louise Burns. 18+.
Fri., Sept. 6, 8 p.m., 2013