Ghost Lights

The Children (Division 68)

I did not expect to ever see anything surface by local dub legends The Children, especially so many years after their apparent dissolution. With “Ghost Lights,” The Children blend their overt dub influences with a nice instrumental post-punk kind of vibe, which you might think would make for particularly sunny music, as is often the case with dub music, but here you’d be mistaken. The Children make a bouncy brand of stormy night music, with the drums and bass as the bedrock. The rest of the group orbits, which is not to take away from the exemplary and often restrained use of delayed-out guitar, tweaked synths and, of course, the melodica. The biggest shame is that this wasn’t available before now.