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Peaking Lights – Lucifer

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Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis return with this, their third LP. Taking a kind of minimal world music vibe, moving through various dub and kraut influences, ‘Lucifer’ deffinitely does a lot. But not always at once. As expected with an album built up mainly of seven minute tracks the songs move through various ‘moments’; flickerings of piano improvisations over looping bass and drum machines, percussive dub elements hinting at a dance side.

The whispy vocals fade into the mix a little too heavily to warrant them being there most of the time. It does at times sound a little too much like a car advert, and doesn’t do too much to get into your face. A slow burner for sure. One for stoners.

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