Pocket Knife Army is an indie electronic duo from The Netherlands. Using a mix of analogue synths, electric bass and pure vocals, Erwin Tuijl and Desirée Coumans have conjured up a sound that is personal, low key and very affecting. Check out the video for their new release Charleroi, below,
The track is a gentle and at times haunting affair, as if mirroring the city itself, as moody synths set a downbeat tone, one which has light and positive energy shone on it by Coumans’ rich and textured vocals. There’s hints of classic synthpop in there, but it also has their signature air of a subtle anthem, making it a track that won’t have you punching your fist in the air in celebration but will make you stop, listen and reflect on the lyrics, the life they capture so effortlessly and much more.
The duo says the song was inspired by a photo book about Charleroi by Stephan Vanfleteren – a city once known for its now gone coal and steel industries – and that led them to imagine the city in the accompanying video for the track as a bleak and desolate place, but one where hope lives on.
The track will feature on their second full-length album Forever Counting Sheep which is due out in March 2018, after which they will tour across Europe, playing Tallinn Music Week in April. Be sure to check out the band’s Facebook page for more information, and their back catalogue including the 2016 album This Time I’ll Come Out Unharmed is available on Spotify and major digital outlets.