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Snapped Ankles

Stunning Luxury

The Leaf Label

Apr 01, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

East London forestry-rockers Snapped Ankles crashed haphazardly onto the scene with their debut, the practically and aptly named Come Play the Trees, and a series of live shows that combined the vibe of a warehouse party with the DIY elements of lo-fi punk show. Clad in woodland-inspired costumes and playing instruments built from bark, they were bringing organic, pastoral weirdness to the rock show and making no apologies for it.

The story continues on their second LP which, inevitably, suffers by comparison with the live experience, yet manages to be consistently fun and inventive on its own terms. "Delivery Van" is a hooky, driving banger, while "Skirmish in the Suburbs" is an atmospheric, woozy slur of song. They're at their best, though, when they throw back their heads and just trance outas on Krautrock-inspired moments like "Dial the Rings on a Tree" or the jerking opener "Pestisound (Moving Out)," which blends brilliantly into the irresistible dance of "Tailpipe."

Like many of the finer things in life, this is strange, unique, and consistently interesting. Grab the record then get a ticket to the show and dance your branches off. (

Author rating: 7/10

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