Lt. Frank Dickens - Sunburned [12"]
Lt. Frank Dickens is the nom-de-musique of the former singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Vancouver’s shadowy pop band Peace, formerly signed to Suicide Squeeze records. Recorded in pieces over a number of years, his debut album Sunburned was originally released as a limited run cassette in the autumn of 2015. Now the album is being made available with a new cover and two extra songs through JAZ Records in a run of 300 copies.
Sunburned is made up of songs that Dickens had been working on for as much as ten years’ time. It is a collection of haunted lullabies informed by the mysterious underbelly of life on the West Coast as much as musical touchstones such as Scott Walker, Syd Barrett and the Television Personalities. The instrumentation differs significantly between songs, but there is unity in the albums wistful tone and Dickens’ baritone sing-speak. Sunburned is a darkly lyrical and hermetic fairy-tale of a record that hints at the deeply personal while maintaining a veil of mystery.
From Weird Canada and the pained heart of Morgan Cook:
There is no comparison to this divisive crooner. Lt. Frank Dickens is a poet and a troubadour. The music is the ship, the voice is the siren and the words are the rocks you wreck yourself upon. Tears flood your eyes and emotion purifies your heart as it is broken and lifted, healed and destroyed. From the mind and hand of Peace’s Dan Geddes with the help of sensitive souls, friends who share and manifest his vision. Lt. Frank Dickens captains this poetic journey through the darkness.