New Music: Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights -- photo by Shawn Reed

Peaking Lights -- photo by Shawn Reed

Yesterday, the insomniacs over at Night People put up two more samples for upcoming releases from the prolific DIY label.  The newest additions to a heavy roster of Fall previews are two excerpts from the new album by Madison, WI duo, Peaking Lights (which you may have heard or heard of already).

“All the Good Songs,” is a dreamy, ethereal wisp of song built on the reverb-drenched plod of a guitar and the equally reverb-drenched vocals.  There are minor builds and deconstructions within the piece, but it becomes more of a mantra than a dissertation on the subtle changes that can occur in minimalist productions.

“Wedding Song” (the duo behind Peaking Lights just tied the knot if this photo is to be believed) is a bouncier number — imagine a Gene Autry tune on a midi keyboard and you’re halfway there.  In the course of being more upbeat, “Wedding Song” also becomes a little more about how subtle shifts affect a composition.  The the chuga-chug of the midi-music tumbles along, the drawn out squeals and whiffs of various effects and the moans of the vocalists bend in and out of one another vying for attention or highlighting the contributions of one another.

Leading the way in new autumn material are a trio of tunes — two from Russian Tsarlag (”I’ll Hold It In” and “I Know David”) and one from FNU Ronnies (”Golem Smoke”).

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john c.

University of Iowa graduate with BAs in English and Cinema Studies. John bides his time as a staff writer for and with contributions to Little Village Magazine ( John hosts an hour-long show on Monday's at 5 pm through the University of Iowa's radio station 89.7 FM KRUI ( dedicated to Iowa music. "Corn Fed Music" is a showcase for Iowa artists, musicians formerly from Iowa, and acts visiting Iowa. This is a forum open for guest DJs, in studio performances, interviews, and new material offered to those who may not have access to larger media outlets. If you're interested in getting a song played, an interview, or performing a short set (20-45 min) in studio you can contact John at

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