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Del Ray & The Sun Kings

I Am The Light by Del Ray & The Sun Kings Aug 2005

It starts with what could be a Muslim call to prayer and then into Blood Doesn't Lie which has similarities to Joy Division - dark, unsettling, and eerie. More evidence of Joy Division ('Closer' period) in the rhythmic progression and long synth notes in the third track, Nowhere To Land. Now, you just don't get a better start than that. Especially since I've just finished reading the Ian Curtis biography.

The title track, I Am The Light, brings back the Eastern influence. Crucial to the album are the overlay of Eastern music and marching rhythms. The problem from here is it seems to meander in the world of atmospheric beat for most of the rest of the album and that just doesn't work for me. Disappointing after such a great start but it's probably more down to my taste than any lack of quality in the music. The basic premise of strangeness and intensity is still one that appeals to me.

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