Agitated Atmosphere: Peaking Lights – Imaginary Falcons

Peaking Lights

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with no capital and lesser reputations are putting out some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once-obsolete formats, this new bi-weekly column, Agitated Atmosphere, hopes to shed a bit of light and share a bit of information on the up and coming sounds of bands like Peaking Lights.

Swatches of lo-fi drone highlight Imaginary Falcons, released in both vinyl (Night People) and cassette (Not Not Fun) by the husband/wife duo behind Peaking Lights.

Peaking Lights – Silver Tongues, Soft Whispers

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Sparks fly in the form of warm fuzz and soft melodies when Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis work through marital bliss. Existing in the open space between the parallel of primordial instinct and the delicate creation, Peaking Lights call on psychedelia’s most potent qualities as it floats through 7 mysterious tracks. Imaginary Falcons draws from the distorted pop of Wavves and Times New Viking — and in much the same way those entities wrap those garage-based trappings around saccharine pop and beachside lullabyes, Coyes and Dunis work muzzled magic enveloping their Casio tones, monochromatic drones, and blissed-out synth with the power of lo-fi static and bass heavy production. “Silver Tongues, Soft Whispers” rains down like droplets of Quasi; lightly patterned keystrokes given a Hammond B3 treatment in part due to the low frequency in which it is recorded. “New News” is a slow burner; refusing to climax despite a careful build up of white noise squalls and lackadaisical keyboard pokes.

The power within Imaginary Falcons lies not in what is present but within what is not. Never do Coyes and Dunis weigh down their at-home operation by trying to cram too much into each track, allowing their minimal DIY to flourish in simplicity rather than drown in excess.

Justin Spicer is a freelance journalist who runs the webzine, Electronic Voice Phenomenon. He writes the Monday News Mash-Up and Thursday edition of Song of the Day for the KEXP Blog.

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  1. Posted April 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    JUSTIN SPICER IS DA BOMB!

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