WIN TICKETS: Peaking Lights & Mister Lies at Public Works 5/21 (WED)


Peaking Lights & Mister Lies //
Public Works – San Francisco
May 21st, 2014 //

Indra Dunis & Aaron Coyes, the wife & husband duo better known as Peaking Lights, will be bringing it back to where it started on Wednesday in San Francisco. Formerly bandmates in the Bay Area band Rahdunes, the two coupled in the mid-aughts and enveloped themselves in home recordings with a lo-fi sensibility. They’ve continued to grow as artists and as a family (they now have two children together), and Peaking Lights’ recording process has grown more studio-friendly as well.

Some songs, like “Beautiful Son”, give the affect of an existential feel, one of floaty, disembodied possibilities. Others like “All the Sun That Shines” vibe out into herb-induced mellow territory, as if Island Records brought in Ennio Morricone to produce a record for Memory Tapes. Dub with a dash of a spaghetti western soundscape is just one applicable genre-mashup comparison for Peaking Lights.

The group’s sound is fairly labeled as psychedelic pop, and it’s accomplished through non-traditional form (many songs run over six-minutes on record) and hypnotizing drum & bass, all at a mid-tempo pace. Beyond the singing, there’s a kaleidoscopic invasion of pleasantly-irregular sounds that act as the core melody. Think amorphous textures bathing in sunlight on a pleasant getaway to an isolated island. It’s a bit like that. Also remix specialists, Peaking Lights’ re-works for other groups including Gold Panda, Nite Jewel & Wooden Shjips make for pleasant morning listening.

They’re jumping on tour with Panda Bear from Animal Collective after this show, naturally. There’s no word on new material at this point, but these live dates speak to something in the works. Indie-electronic amalgamator Mister Lies will be opening with his captivating experimental ambiance on Wednesday at Public Works, so be sure to get there on the early side of things. -Mike Frash

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