snapped ankles The Best Light Is the Last Light EP (4-track 12", £8.75)label: leaf
Snapped Ankles' first physical release for the Leaf Label. The sound of the forest on your turntable. 500 only pressed. • Descendants of the woodwose, now settled in fertile east London. • A formidable live proposition. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post–punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin. • Snapped Ankles have received good support at 6 Music and Radio X including a live session with Marc Riley. • The Best Light Is The Last Light is an EP from woodland agitators Snapped Ankles, following their debut Leaf single 'I Want My Minutes Back' with something a little more substantial to get your teeth into. Since their move to the city, the woodwose have gorged on cinema and left this gleaming carcass. The EP opens with motorik fuzz epic ‘Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’ , its title taken from Greta Garbo’s 1924 big screen debut The Saga of Gosta Berling. The track draws heavily on Jean-Luc Godard’s nightmarish Weekend, in which an excursion to the countryside ends in revolution, the collapse of bourgeois society and cannibalism. The circle of life. What follows is a kitchen sink post-punk one-two in ‘Fukushima Failure’ and ‘Director’s Nostalgia’. Knotted and contagious. Snatched lyrics about nuclear disaster and barely coherent rants about art house cinema over clattering ramshackle rhythms that will lodge themselves deep in your brain long after the screen fades to black. Mark E Smith is lost in the forest and picking fights with the trees. As the credits roll we’re played out with the soundtrack to some forgotten 1970s Italian road movie in ‘Wendy’s Road Rage’.
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