The Best Light Is The Last Light EP
|Release Info:||Released June 30th 2017|
|Product Info:||Limited to just x500 12" EP|
‘The Best Light Is The Last Light’ is the superb new EP from angular East Londoner’s Snapped Ankles, which comes motoring at you with a surreal fuzzy mien akin to that of another of 2017’s standout’s, The Moonlandingz.
The first thing you will notice about Snapped Ankles is that they dress up as hairy trees. I suppose the real question is why wouldn’t you? The second thing you will notice is that they are a brilliantly diverse foursome, with this four-track EP a real kitchen sink affair. On that note, this may only be a four-track EP but there is more than enough evidence on it to suggest that these guys are one’s to watch very closely. Indeed, the debut full-length has been announced for September 29th, entitled ‘Come Play The Trees’.
The opening track is the track that will have got most people here in the first place, ‘Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’, a play on the title from Greta Garbo’s 1924 film ‘The Saga Of Gosta Berling’.’Jonny’ is an unsparing dystopia of robotik post-punk and is right up there with the best tracks of 2017. Here it is also the extended mix which allows a longer focus on those machining synths, making for an even better listen than the single edit.
Next up comes ‘Fukushima Failure’ and where the opening track is a vision of grinding dystopia, this is a leg-kicking riot of a pop song – though the title would suggest anything but of course. From the apocalypto that was ‘Jonny’, we suddenly find ourselves immersed in the better side of 80’s pop music, with heavy shades of The Human League and Duran Duran, as well as a heavy nod in the direction of Talking Heads.
Snapped Ankles change it up again for ‘Director’s Nostalgia’, a fantastic track driven by something that is almost a dub bassline, yet with a driving glam rock overlay. How something like this works is, of course, a mystery to us all but it absolutely does. It has a sleazy vibe, similar to American glammers Louis XIV but with a machine-gunning under-carriage more alike something you’d find on a Suuns record.
The final track, ‘Wendy’s Road Rage’ is an instrumental that again changes the tone, this time we are seeing heavy shades of The Presets and even The Prodigy. ‘Wendy’ is a downtrodden trudge of a track, a real dirt-monster (in a complimentary sort of way), but even here you can still feel the element of fun that went into it.
All-in, The Best Light Is The Last Light is a superb effort. Unlike many EP’s, the record doesn’t exist solely on the basis of one single, I.e. ‘Jonny’. It stands out very well as a small collection of really great tracks. It can only be anticipated that the debut full-length in September will only build on this and I for one cannot wait to see what else these lunatics throw at us.
A1. Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin
A2. Fukushima Failure
B1. Director’s Nostalgia
B2. Wendy’s Road Rage