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Peaking Lights : Lucifer

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For the recording of their third album Lucifer, Peaking Lights – AKA Wisconsin husband-and-wife team Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis – have gained a new member: the couple’s baby boy Mikko. Barely a year old, he’s already accompanied his parents on tour, and his arrival has not only influenced their new record’s title (it refers in this case to “Venus, the bringer of light,” as opposed to its more commonly used Satanic meaning), but also their loveliest set of songs to date. On “Beautiful Son,” Dunis beatifically extols the joyous wonders of new life through a heat-haze shimmer of delay and reverb as gentle dub rhythms ricochet off a plaintive piano melody; the little fella even gets a musical credit for lead single “Lo Hi” (below), his sampled infant gurgles forming part of the track’s churning beat. The stoned hippy vibes continue throughout with a heavier than usual reggae flavour informing the bass-bin busting skank of “Cosmic Tides,” but the record really comes alive with a pair of tracks that could – in some parallel universe – almost be described as up-tempo: “Midnight (In The Valley Of Shadows),” with its dead-eyed diva vocals and glitter-ball synths mines the same sort of slow-motion disco territory as Johnny Jewel’s Chromatics, whilst the hypnotically propulsive “Dreamboat” twitches and throbs like some lost Krautrock gem given the DFA remix treatment, its springy keyboards and trance-inducing rhythmic pulse seeming to gain momentum with each ecstatic repetition. New ideas may be thin on the ground, but those expecting any kind of radical departure from the sound that brought last year’s 936 such plaudits are probably missing the point; Peaking Lights’ music is all about celebrating the primal, transformative power of repetition and, as such, I’ll happily take as much as they want to give.

Lucifer is out now on Weird World/ Domino and can be streamed in full here.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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