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The lush dub pop of Peaking Lights returns for another round with the dutifully titled 'Cosmic Logic', offering up more squeaky electronics, flat-lining beats and eerie good times. They last appeared with 'Lucifer', but 'Entity' makes the synth pop more overt, keeping the minimalist approach but upping the playfulness. 

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Cosmic Logic by Peaking Lights
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9/10 Robin Staff review, 01 October 2014

A cursory glance at the press around 'Cosmic Logic', the newest record from Peaking Lights, will betray about a hundred different influences on the band's sound: the standard-bearer of dub, a smattering of krautrock, an affection for dancehall, a nod to house and a newfound appreciation for Italo. This is no surprise, considering the duo have always been proudly collaging sounds, like kids with total artistic abandon who just get slightly better at drawing shapes. Their records are routine, in some ways, always retaining a certain brightness -- as well as sly playfulness in which songs never climax, but remain steadily, reliably danceable -- but they never stick to just one aesthetic. Every genre has to be re-routed until there's a mirage.

'Cosmic Logic' is a fitting title for this record: it's arguably their most bombastic, full-bodied, and totally psychedelic, but is also their most succint and clearly structured, calculating everything and double checking it for pop precision. After the difficult head-rush of 'Lucifer', these songs stutter none, bringing in all their components patiently and tactfully, taking bizarre sounds and straightening them out: "Everyone And Us" combines droopy synth, funky percussion, skittering strings and violin effects, but layers them all with such sharpness that you can see the motifs dripping off the music sheet.

In another world, this krautish precision might be a problem, taking away the unpredictability from an always startling band. But 'Cosmic Logic' is able to retain its fluorescent tone and outlandish vibe with ease, sustaining its slick percussive undertones so the party can go on, while Indra Dunis, with her delightful contradiction of a voice -- stoical and removed, but twee and inviting -- acts as something of a hype woman, singing in between wicked jams and moments (such as the geeky keyboard solo in "Little Light", or the sharp whistle effects in "Dream Quest") that lend songs their good-time gravitas. 'Cosmic Logic' isn't predictable, but it is totally dependable: you can go into this record knowing that the sun isn't going to come up, and that the rainbow's gonna keep shooting through the sky. 'Cosmic Logic' lives up to its name: the party must go on. Anything else is fallacy.


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