Album Review

Peaking Lights – “936” – [Not Not Fun]

Rocket J. Squirrel   3/30/2011   12-inch, A Library

Chillwave, electrodub, ambient … magical dub drift. Lush layers of guitar are grounded in Aaron Coyes’ homemade experimental audio “lab” . He takes apart old electronics and adds bits and pieces – some from dead appliances – to create modular electronic analog synthesizers. Indra Dunis sometimes plays drums, but it’s the spell cast by her bewitching voice she is known for. Together they weave perfume and colors into the music. You are transported to a place you’d like to stay. Luckilly, you can always go back – It just keeps getting better with every visit. The first track, “All the Sun Shines” reminds me of Beth Orton’s “She Cries Your Name,” on William Orbit’s Strange Cargo: Hinterland, but what seems repetitive at first becomes the creation of this place you have discovered -a perfect vacation. Woven for you are pure white sands, sweeping turquoise waves, and the smell of tropical fruits on exotic laden trees carried on the slightly tangy salty breezes that waft ever so gently over your skin.
The couple Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis form the musical duo originally from Wisconsin, but lived in the SF Bay Area for over a decade before recently moving to LA, and expecting their first baby. Well maybe not their first, as 936 is pretty spectacular progeny. (The CD release contains two more tracks than the vinyl version.)
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