PEAK­ING LIGHTS

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Cos­mic Logic ★★★★

Weird World

With their 2012 remix al­bum

(Lu­cifer in Dub), Peak­ing Lights took their sig­na­ture sound – hazy alt.pop with depth-charge bass lines – to its ul­ti­mate con­clu­sion by com­mit­ting fully to dub. Per­haps it will be seen as a turn­ing point in years to come, be­cause on Cos­mic Logic they’ve taken a scalpel to their sound. Where once the songs drifted lan­guorously for six or seven min­utes, now the av­er­age length is just over four. And mem­o­rable songs abound: New Gr­rls up­dates Le Ti­gre’s Hot Topic with its trib­ute to the he­roes of fem­i­nism, and Hyp­notic Hus­tle comes on like a dub Depeche Mode. While there’s still a psy­che­delic glow per­me­at­ing ev­ery­thing Peak­ing Lights do, bouncy pop songs such as Eyes to

See could sound­track pool par­ties just as eas­ily as heavylid­ded smoking ses­sions. The sharper fo­cus suits. peak­ing lights.com CHRIS JONES

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