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Peaking Lights


Wisconsin husband-and-wife duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis with a 3rd album melding lo-fi electronica, psychedelia, krautrock, dub and dream pop

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  1. 10.0 |   State

    A pretty much flawless album
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  2. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Melodies and rhythms take on an immediacy that allows the direct access to the dance floor and plenty of headspace up with the clouds
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  3. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Accessibility and clarity have been sacrificed to make way for this beautiful and natural portrayal of a parents’ love
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  4. 8.0 |   Spin

    Starry-eyed duo's dubby bass adds necessary earthy wobble to moony melodies and kosmische keyboard plinks
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  5. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Transforms the mundane into the magnificent, slowly but surely edging out all other summer listening options
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  6. 8.0 |   DIY

    Mixes accessible pop sounds with lo-fi dub-psych experimentation; giving old and new fans something to enjoy
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A fluid, ecstatic dance of blips and bleeps that reflects the couple's love of sound, of cosmic psychedelia, dub, art-rock, electronica and everything in between. The result is the best album Peaking Lights have yet recorded
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Peaking Lights make music that turns limited means and an artsy angle into something profoundly universal
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's a cosmic power and lack of guile throughout this album that might, to those more hippily inclined, seem like a sign of pure hearts and noble spirits within. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Q

    Boasts a more cohesive sound but without sacrificing the duo's Eastern-inflected allure. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A welcomed contribution to the lo-fi genre they know and love
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  12. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    Lucifer is just their third album, and yet it's unmistakably drenched in their specific brand of patience and calm
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  13. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is a record destined for much wider appeal
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  14. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    In comparison to the murky haze and subterranean hiss that’s placed the band’s past output in some smoke-filled basement filled with water-damaged analogue kit, there’s also a startling clarity and brightness about the proceedings
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  15. 7.0 |   The Fly

    Although it doesn’t stray hugely from the meandering blueprint of last year’s ‘936’, ‘Lucifer’ throbs with warmth, occupying a dreamy hinterland beyond Big Youth and Beach House
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  16. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Peaking Lights’ music is slow to reveal itself and unfolds gracefully, at its own pace. But there’s enough clarity and melody here to suggest that Peaking Lights might yet light the world
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  17. 7.0 |   NME

    It's more chillout room than chillwave, all dub and little step, and the better for all of that
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  18. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Lucifer is definitely not for everyone, but for some it will be their album of the year
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  19. 7.0 |   BBC

    There’s a gently propulsive tug here that echoes Kraftwerk, Popol Vuh and new-age drones almost as much as dub influences
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  20. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Music of this kind of trippy, dubby, cosmic kind tends to become a bit wafty if it's all too wide-eyed and wonder-kissed
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  21. 6.0 |   Uncut

    It's all very becalming, but not quite the nu-psychedelic staging post we were hoping for. Print edition only

  22. 5.5 |   Bowlegs

    Pleasant enough sounds that might be suitable for soundtracking the comedown hour. As for invention, imagination and new ground, don’t be expecting to find any of that here
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  23. 5.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Too many of the songs on Lucifer go far beyond the hypnotic and head into boredom as they repeat the same phrase for six or seven minutes
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  24. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    The album’s incomplete sound is due to a disparity within the band
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