Neo Psychedelia has its ups and downs. Half of the time the psychedelic music of recent times just consists of a bunch of fruity fags dressing up like a bunch of dickheads and they try ever so hard to make music that conjures some sort of spiritual experience within you, even though all you get is a bunch of cruddy sounding textures and a bunch of pubescent tards dressed up in colourful garments. Judging on the album art alone I was thinking "Yep, this is definitely going to be one of those acts". Maybe I'm just going through a phase where I'm enjoying slow, evocative music. Whatever you want to call it, all I know is that this album is worth hearing.
As soon as you start playing the album, the intro of the first track, Synthy, will probably make you wonder "Eh, what the fuck? Is the Keyboard Cat about to play me off? What the fuck?". When additional synths come in, at least you know that the track is starting to go somewhere, even though it's not really a memorable track. I guess it's just an intro that's fitting, really; prepares you for what's to come. All the Sun That Shines, which is a pretty dreamy song with some slight dub textures, will probably be a track you'll give a few listens to over the year. The rest of the album doesn't let up, either, and if you were looking for an album to calm your nerves and just let you space out into your own little world, you'll be sure to appreciate this.
The entire aesthetic of this album is one that should be attractive to most music fans. I never was a fan of lo-fi production qualities that sucked, but the lo-fi quality of this album really adds to the atmosphere and feels comfortable to the ears; no sound too abrasive, no sound getting left out of the mix. If you're the type of dude that is all about vocals in music, you'll have no trouble warming up to the smooth voice of Indra Dunis. I was expecting this album to be some glucose charged adventure akin to Animal Collective, but I was happy to find that I wasn't going to get diabetes from this experience. Instead, you're actually thrown into a realm of psychedelia that is lush, rich with smooth synths and steady, strong basslines. The percussion is rather odd, but sorta meditative. The programmed drums plod along with the precision of a metronome, lulling you into some sort of mode where you start contemplating things that concern your life. Well, maybe.
The husband and wife duo that make Peaking Lights have made an awesome release, and it has made my day a little better than it usually would be. Some might say that these grounds have been explored before, but music isn't always about being absolutely original. Musicians are influenced and, in turn, the influences will obviously show up in the music. It may be true for some artists that to be a blatant imitation of another band, but I can assure you that 936 doesn't try to be anything else other than itself.