Beats, girl talk and guys playing synths have become inescapable cliches in modern music. So what distinguishes Thieves Like Us besides a chance meeting and a shared dislike of their expat home's music scene? The band's stiffly danceable single in 2005, "Drugs In My Body," may have been aligned with hip, French fashion and dance label Kitsuné, but the group soon moved to the more introspective and poppy Shelflife label for its 2009 downbeat debut, Play Music. The album went against the grain of forward-thinking German and French peers (by this time, they had also spent time in Paris) and floated aimlessly through a salty sea of synthy nostalgia.
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