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Is That Light You Carry?


Artist: Third Culture Kings
Label: Internet & Weed
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 18 August 2017

Is That Light You Carry? is the debut record from Third Culture Kings, a new project led by Jan Johansen (Glorybox) and Alap Momin (dälek). Filtering classic vibes through modern interpretation, incorporating influences as diverse as Indian drone, early '80s synth pads and Miami booty bass...

I think the problem for me was that for their debut album, Is That Light You Carry?, Third Culture Kings spread themselves too thinly. For some this will be its strength (as it casts the net far and wide), but for me it meant that their sound and any real feel of who they were and what they were about was watered down.

The album contains 11 songs (58 min, 26 sec) and while it's interesting from a technical point of view, it's not an album that did anything for me. I've been listening to it for over a month and I'm no closer to knowing any of the songs than I was on the first play through.


Nick Smithson

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