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Silk Flowers Silk Flowers

It is hard to listen to Silk Flowers' first record without thinking of Ian Curtis—Aviram Cohen's baritone inhabits the same timbre with a bit more croon. Place that voice in the murk of lo-fi, Ralf und Florian-era Kraftwerk, and you have an idea of the New York band's sound. Instrumentals "Night Shades" and "Birds of Passion" are the album's highlights, with brightly washed keyboard harmonies and percussion that sounds like a Hammond organ's rhythm machine. Noisier moments, such as the hissed-out electro-punk grit of "Cheap Shot" and the narcotic shuffle of "Running Out of Rope," find Silk Flowers on a good, if well-worn, Teutonic path.

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