E S C A P E by Peaking Lights

First LP in over three years from the husband and wife duo Peaking Lights. Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have built a reputation for making dreamy, dub-infused psych and electronica that helps take the listener into a faraway dreamscape. Hence E S C A P E which helps to provide just that for their listeners - a transcendental, celestial journey for both daydreams and discotheques. 

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E S C A P E by Peaking Lights
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8/10 Fred MG 11 June 2020

A Bandcamp review of ‘E S C A P E’, the latest LP from Peaking Lights, simply reads ‘change is constant’. Said reviewer is not wrong, of course, but types of change vary. Change can be sudden, but it can also be incremental, imperceptible, cliffs eroding across thousands of years.

‘E S C A P E’ is very much of the latter camp. There are no great revolutions here, neither within the band’s beloved brand of post-dub nor across the course of the album itself. Rather than radically changing gears between songs, ‘E S C A P E’ is carried on a riptide which gradually turns over the elements of their sound. The sense of drift helps to create a record which sucks you in with sly force - while you’ll enjoy the opening tracks with a sense of pleasant detachment, come the excellent mid-section you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the sultry atmospheres.

It’s also testament to Peaking Lights’ compositional nous that they are able to nudge their sound in a variety of different directions without upsetting the core aesthetic of dubbed-out kosmischetronica. Grooves come to the fore frequently - Italo chugs power ‘EVP’ and Farah-esque highlight ‘Soft Escape (Moonman Mix)’, the former of which also begins with an arrestingly forthright bit of EBM that could pass for Boy Harsher (sample lyric; ‘all my friends are six feet deep’). Meanwhile the likes of ‘Innerterrestrial’ make a far better fist of splicing together digi-dub and disco than Moon Duo ever did. When drums take a backseat we get evocative scene-setters like ‘The Caves’, clearings in the record’s float downstream.

‘E S C A P E’ outstays its welcome - the final two tracks, with their sub-Flaming Lips prog excursions, could have been cut - but by and large this is a listen to lose yourself in.



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