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Concrete Knives - 'Be Your Own King'

Concrete Knives are actually friendly indie types from northern France

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Not, as their name might suggest, a hard-ass Latvian metal band, Concrete Knives are actually friendly indie types from northern France. Featuring production work from The Dø’s Dan Levy, their debut album is lots of fun, all wonky pop hooks and flimsy male-female vocal harmonies. ‘Bornholmer’ and ‘Greyhound Racing’ have echoes of Yeah Yeahs Yeahs to them, while ‘Brand New Start’ has more than a bit of Talking Heads in its Afrobeat bounce. Most of the time, though, ‘Be Your Own King’ is so chipper and catchy it comes over like an indie version of Alphabeat. Maybe Rubber Spoons would have been a better name…
Nick Levine
6 / 10

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