20.04.2012, Words by Zara Wladawsky

Live broadcast: Peaking Lights and LXMP at Unsound Festival New York

Unsound Festival New York has well and fully taken over the Big Apple this week, and has so far boasted stellar performances from all artists involved. Last night the festival chose the expansive David Rubenstein Atrium at the Lincoln Center as the setting for the early evening portion of its music programme. First up was the Polish duo LXMP, complete with an impressive range of analogue synths ranging from a Korg MS-20 to a Moog Mono/Poly. They jammed through a funk-based set that covered Herbie Hancock’s ‘Future Shock’ album while utilising a healthy dose of vocoding and freeform noise solos.

The next and final act for the evening came in the psychedelic dubby form of Peaking Lights. They choose to set up off to one side of the stage, mixing their own sound to create a wonderfully distorted lo-fi presence that was at odds with their surroundings in a very enjoyable way. The audience visibly loosened up throughout their set, and after a while security gave up trying to keep people seated and let the crowd twirl around freely, arms akimbo. It was that kind of uber-chilled-out vibe, really. This recording of most of their set is powerful, honest, and just as raw as the artists intended it to be.

The show was presented as part of Unsound Festival New York & the TargetĀ®
Free Thursdays series at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Unsound Festival New York 2012 is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York. Thanks to everyone involved for making it happen.

If you’re in New York City this weekend then check the Unsound Festival New York schedule for full details of all events

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