Having just finished work on their most recent album 936, Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, who make up Wisconsin dub-pop duo Peaking Lights, are set to play at Plastic People tonight, before heading off to the Rhythm Factory and the Deaf Institute later on this month. Mixing a huge range of musical influences, from Latin and African inspired rhythms to more melodic guitar solos, Aaron and Indra produce music that soaks up a brilliant range of genres to create something really warm and unique. Each track layers softly crackling feedback over a woozy, looping bassline and Indra’s narcotic vocals, gently lulling you into a kind of fuzzy daze. We caught up with them to find out more about leaves, hedonism and jam sessions listening to smooth old tunes.
Dazed Digital: What's it been like working on '936', what were your main influences on this latest release, what's your creative process like?
Peaking Lights: Our influences are mainly old stuff a lot of obscure stuff, we're pretty open, we like good music. We get pretty focused on the rhythms when we write, we break things down a lot, it takes time for us to compose, we like songs that are smooth rides less jagged, less aggression, whatever that means.
... your worst vice?
Both: Hedonists don't believe in vices
... your secret talent?
... your favourite snack?
Both: Something light and healthy to feel good like leafy greens.
... do you do to kill time?
Both: Listen to records, paint, jam, I'll be going to the beach a lot once we get back to the west coast, indra roles photo styles, lots of hanging with our son
... are you listening to at the moment?
Both: We've been in the studio working on a new record this last month so outside listening has been slim.
... would you most want to collaborate with, living or dead?
Both: [The] list is super long…. ranges from A to Z and decade/century 0 to 0 plus and minus. we love checking other perspectives there's so much good music in the world!
... would you describe your sound, to my deaf, old grandad?
Both: it's something you feel, body music dude.