CON­CRETE KNIVES Be Your Own King Bella Union

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MURPHY Down­load: Roller Boo­gie, Born­holmer

France isn’t ex­actly renowned for its in­die bands, but even if Con­crete Knives fail to fol­low in an act such as Phoenix’s foot­steps, they can revel in the fact that they’ve made a solid de­but. Like a less wimpy Of Mon­sters and Men, the Caen quin­tet pur­sue a line in male/fe­male­fronted in­diepop that oc­ca­sion­ally flirts with the solemn side of the genre (Grey­hound Rac­ing), but mostly sits snugly be­tween peppy, lo-fi jan­gles ( Bon­holmer, Brand New Start). In­stru­men­tal track Roller Boo­gie pin­points their sonic par­al­lels in one fell swoop, with echoes of Ed­ward Sharpe & the Mag­netic Ze­ros and folk-rock­ers The Lu­m­i­neers freely abound­ing. Be Your Own King lacks a killer an­them to draw peo­ple in, but if easy­go­ing tunes with multi-voiced cho­ruses are your thing, you could do a lot worse. con­

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