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Peaking Lights, Golden Donna

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Formerly Madison-based duo Peaking Lights nurse their thirst for a forever-summer on their latest double LP, this year's The Fifth State Of Consciousness. The now LA-based psychedelic dub-pop project often captures the pleasantly dizzy feeling of a faded, humid summer-day-turns-to-night cycle. The track "Sweetness Isn't Far Away" slowly induces a welcomed daze carried by Aaron Coyes' dub-rooted bassline and lifted by Indra Dunis' airy voice. Ethereal synth pads echo Dunis' top-of-consciousness observations—"sweet scents fill the air/ I'm taken back/ I feel good"—soaring over a circular beat that wafts the song forward. You find yourself no longer pining over a summer soon to end; you are present, but you are elsewhere. Only at the end of the night do you return, with Dunis asking, "Why can't I keep this feeling forever?" Madison's own ever-changing, always energetic and adventurous Golden Donna (aka Tone Madison contributor Joel Shanahan) opens. Playing behind his 2017 release Fairydust and pulling from a deep pool of sounds and beats, Golden Donna executes some of the most alive electronic music in town. Listeners find themselves engaged mentally and physically—relishing in the swooping sonority, losing themselves in the pulsating palpitation. Peaking Lights will also be hosting a DJ night on August 30 at Robinia Courtyard. —Emili Earhart