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For those not in the know, Monotony are Sauna Youth after swapping instruments. Not that you can tell at first listen - Sauna Youth's angular and smart post punk is replaced here with something altogether scuzzier and dirtier. This EP is great, one of the best things you could go out and buy this week, but if you loved Distractions, it's also a frustrating listen.

Take the track 'Monotony', originally a Monotony (the band) track, covered by Sauna Youth for Distractions earlier this year. The Sauna Youth take gave it a distinct voice, adding computerized voice and it became one of the standout tracks on the album, sounding complex and well formed for its 2-minute duration. The take here turns it into a more basic straight up punk track, covered in its distorted guitars, giving it an anthemic feel. While the Sauna Youth take felt like a lost Wire track with its overly conscious eschewing of distortion and one note solo, the Monotony version sounds sludgier and heavier, sounding closer to the straight up punk that Sauna Youth seemed almost too cautious to avoid.

It's the effort to completely split Sauna Youth and Monotony that ends up limiting this EP - while there are some brilliant smart punk moments, they seem to stop themselves from doing anything that the rivals of their own creation would do. Lindsay Corstorphine's vocals chop between a southern Mark E Smith (if you could imagine something that unholy) and Colin Newman at his most acerbic and would benefit from the nervous jittering guitar from Sauna Youth as heard on 'New Fear' - the determination to distance themselves from themselves has limited a brilliant sound.

By defining themselves by the distortion that Sauna Youth avoids and by refusing to take the same left turns that made Distractions one of the best albums of the year so far they're stopping themselves from making the most of their new creation which, while being exciting and fun, feels limited by the conspicuous lack of finishing touches and tarred by the lo-fi brush for the sake of it.

That's not to say that this is a weak release - far from it, the tracks are original, catchy and fun, and it's probably one of the best things to come out in the last few months - but if they can blur the lines between Monotony and Sauna Youth then they've got the potential to be something really special.

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