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out now: Peaking Lights – Lucifer [Weird World / Domino Records]

June 14, 2012

Artist:
Peaking Lights

Title:
Lucifer

Label:
Weird World / Domino Records

Cat#:
WEIRD011

Release Date:
16th June 2012

Format:
CD, vinyl+MP3 & digital

Tracklist:
01)
Moonrise

02)
Beautiful Son

03)
Live Long

04)
Cosmic Tides

05)
Midnight

06)
Lo Hi

07)
Dream Beat

08)
Morning Star

Info (English):
It is a true pleasure to announce Lucifer – the third full length release from West Coast duo Peaking Lights. With it, the golden duo of Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis continue to crystallize their mesmerising sound and find new dimensions within. Lucifer comes at a time of great transition for this married couple and it reflects the possibilities that they have found during this new life era, especially with the birth of their son, Mikko- a guiding light muse for the album.

Recorded in Brooklyn at Gary’s Electric studio over the course of a month and self-produced with the help of engineer Al Carson (Yeasayer, Onehotrix Point Never), Peaking Lights consider Lucifer a nocturnal version of their sound. “To us this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration,” says Coyes. Lucifer is also Peaking Lights’ most ambitious release to date in terms of its approach and scope – boasting much to please anyone previously seduced by the genre-defying, gritty grooves and enchanting, sensual melodies of the band’s earlier work, but also proving an altogether more heavy, propulsive and focused effort. Incredibly, there’s even space within Lucifer for Coyes and Dunis’ already insanely broad palette of influences to widen even further – touches of analogue electronic dance music, sound collage and straight up pop joining the dub, krautrock and minimal disco of ‘936’ in a hypnotising concoction.

Though the name Lucifer may carry sinister connotations to some, to Peaking Lights it represents the start of something new. “All of our record titles have come to us in dreams, daydreams and epiphanies.” says Coyes. “Lucifer sat so strong with us. It means ‘Venus, bearer of light’ and is the first sign of the sunrise. There are some major astrological and astronomical events involving Venus in this year of 2012.”

“The songs on Lucifer, by most people that have heard them so far, conjour a night time version of previous works, music to soundtrack the moonrise to the sunrise. To Indra and I, though there are similarities to earlier recordings, this stands on its own. It’s changed us, or maybe we were already changed when we wrote it and it is that cathartic release. There was a new approach to recording our rhythms and we were able to see thru many more influences. We are really happy to share these recordings!”

To celebrate the record’s announcement, Aaron and Indra have put together a new series of their much beloved mix tapes that will be appearing sporadically at http://www.lucifer.fm over the next weeks and months. The first is available now and a few distant glimpses of Lucifer’s many spoils can found amongst its deep-digs. Or listen to them here (see below).

Info (German):
“Lucifer” heißt das dritte Album des Duos Peaking Lights. Darauf verdichten Aaron Coyes und Indra Dunis ihren hypnotisierenden Sound und erweitern ihn zugleich. “Lucifer” erscheint zu einer Zeit großer Veränderungen für das Ehepaar. Das Album handelt von den neu entdeckten Möglichkeiten und vor allem von der Geburt ihres Sohnes Mikko – dem leuchtenden Stern, der über diesem Album schwebt (“Lucifer” bedeutet Lichtträger).

Innerhalb eines Monats nahmen die Peaking Lights das Album zusammen mit Al Carson (Yeasayer, Oneohtrix Point Never) im Brooklyner Gary’s Electric Studio auf. Das Duo sieht “Lucifer” als die nächtliche Version ihres Sounds. “To us this record is about play and playfulness, unconditional love, rhythms and pulses, creation and vibration,” sagt Aaron. So ist das dritte Album die bisher ambitionierteste Platte in Sachen Herangehensweise und Soundspektrum. Wer von den bezaubernden Melodien und genre-sprengenden früheren Alben begeistert war, wird es diesmal natürlich auch wieder sein. Der Sound wurde jedoch nicht einfach kopiert. Der Ansatz auf Lucifer ist fokussierter, treibender und lässt gleichzeitig mehr Platz für weitere Einflüsse. Analoge elektronische Dancemusic, Soundcollagen und geradliniger Pop fügen sich ein in die bekannten Dub-, Krautrock- und Minimal-Disco-Elemente des Vorgängers “936”.

Obwohl der Titel “Lucifer” für manche eher eine düsteren Ton hat, bedeutet er für das Duo den Beginn von etwas Neuem. Denn “Lucifer” steht in der römischen Mythologie für den Morgenstern, dem ersten Zeichen des kommenden Tages.
“All of our record titles have come to us in dreams, daydreams and epiphanies.” so Aaron Coyes.

Die Songs auf “Lucifer” klingen wie der Soundtrack für die Zeit zwischen Sonnenuntergang und Sonnenaufgang. Sie sind sozusagen die nächtliche Version der früheren Arbeiten der Peaking Lights. Doch trotz einiger Parallelen zu den Vorgängeralben, stellt “Lucifer” für die Beiden etwas neues dar. Man kann es fast schon als kathartisches Album für das Duo bezeichnen: “It changed us, or maybe we were already changed when we wrote it.”

Bis das Album Ende Juni erscheint, beschenken uns Indra und Aaron mit einer neuen Serie von Mixtapes, die man auf http://www.lucifer.fm hören kann. Dafür hat das Duo Peaking Lights wieder tief in der Raritäten-Kiste gekramt. Oder du hörst sie dir einfach hier an (siehe unten).

Listen:

Lucifer Mixtapes:

Buy:
Domino Records (all formats)
Amazon GER (CD)
Amazon GER (vinyl)
Amazon UK (CD)
Amazon UK (vinyl)
Juno (CD)
Juno (vinyl)
deejay.de (CD)
deejay.de (vinyl)
iTunes (digital)
more soon

Websites:
Peaking Lights
Domino Records

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