Saturday, November 26, 2011

Artist Radar: Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights is a couple from San Fran --> Madison, WI --> LA who make music that's self-described as "psychedelic dub pop", but have influences extending from electronic goliath Brian Eno to kraut-rock legends Amon Düül.

Those descriptors really hit the nail on the head, essentially. Their sound really does bring together the lo-fi drone of early kraut-rock and the dubby undertones of reggae influences, not to mention the airy, dream-like vocals.



While the sound may go under the table for the crisp-production saturated youth, it takes everything I enjoy from a variety of genres and mashes them together in a lo-fi puzzle, something that I would normally have to dig through dusty record store crates to find.

What's even more interesting, is that the reach of Peaking Lights plays well into the current evolution of hip hop. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

More specifically, remember back in July when I was hyping Clams Casino? Well, you probably don't, so to summarize: Clams produces a type of instrumental that fringes on ambience, which budding rappers took a hold of as a new sound, and would wax poetic over the top of. See where this is going?

This is leading to some, well, interesting remixes of Peaking Lights tunes, such as the Main Attrakionz one below:

Peaking Lights - Marshmellow Yellow / Amazing And Wonderful (Main Attrakionz MAN WORLD remix) by Weird World Record Co

Am I super-mega-ultra excited about this tune? Not especially, I'd prefer the instrumental. However, it's definitely an interesting example of the versatility and evolution of hip-hop instrumentals.

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21 comments:

  1. Psychedelic I think describes it pretty well, has a great feel to it.

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  2. yeah i agree with pat, though it was an enjoyed mash up and doesnt have the after affects...smiles.

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  3. Kind of reminds me of My Bloody Valentine, and I like shoegaze :)

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  4. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn

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  5. Didn't really like the vocals, they sound almost alien to me.

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  6. Yeah, the tune fits better without the rapping. The sound is pretty sweet, I gotta look some more into it.

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  7. I like both songs. I appreciate someone who can rap to music, rather than over it, which the popular ones seem to do.

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  8. Very cool, so cool I had to hang out with something very psychadelic! :)

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  9. Again, you have triggered acid flashbacks with these psychedelic sounds! And so I'm off to blow bubbles in my cheerios and snort some orange juice!

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  10. I love this sound. It's actually a great one to me, it's so psychedelic.

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  11. Wow, thought this was really good. Thank you.

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  12. really likin these...thanks for the download as well!

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