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Album of the Day: Snapped Ankles, “Stunning Luxury”

Now approaching their first decade of existence, London group Snapped Ankles continue to operate from a place of deliberate anonymity. In our 2017 interview, the band discussed their unusual stage outfits (at the time, they were dressing up as trees) and instruments (“log synths” among them). But on their new album Stunning Luxury, the band shift from the grubbily rural to the slickly urban; a few recent photos from their Instagram depict them in light-up suits, stalking subways and cityscapes, and Luxury’s album notes detail the group’s new identities as “property developers and brokers.” A song like “Tailpipe,” based on the song “Millionenspiel” by the legendary German group Can, demonstrates how a sleeker finish and a sharper edge only adds to Snapped Ankles’ aggressive take on new wave motorik.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Dream Pop, Post-Punk, R&B And More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Snapped Ankles Bring Wildness to Rock

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Photo by Katie Bagley.

The mild-mannered voice on the other end of the phone was not what you would expect—but then, expectations should always be checked at the door when dealing with Snapped Ankles. There’s very little information on the band, the members of which are often seen dressed up as monstrous shrubberies. What mentions are out there tend to refer to the band as if they were wild animals, not a rock band. The person we interviewed was to be referred to simply as a “Snapped Ankle.”

What we do know is this: Snapped Ankles formed in 2011 and built a reputation for playing warehouse art events, often soundtracking films and performances. In March they signed to the Leaf Label and announced themselves to the world with “I Want My Minutes Back,” a gloriously catchy krautrock track, which was quickly followed by EP The Best Light Is The Last Light, which fused electronic music, motorik grooves, and kitchen sink lyricism. Their debut album, Come Play The Trees, is next on the horizon and offer the perfect opportunity to uncover some of the truth from behind the suits.

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