South London band Dry Cleaning release their debut album New Long Leg, following their self-released EPs Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks.
The ten track long-player sees the four members Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) stirring up more angular and wiry post-punk with a broader palette of sound this time with extra polish from PJ Harvey's producer John Parish. Lyricist and singer Florence uniquely delivers startlingly direct and at times obscure spoken words.
Both abrasive and romantic, a quiet tempest of passing thoughts resembling a dispassionate theatre performance – "All the while / An exhausting walk in the horrible countryside / A tiresome swim in a pointless bit of sea". True to this description is the first single and opener 'Scratchcard Lanyard', followed by 'Unsmart Lady' brilliantly performed in this video filmed in a South London carpet store. Halfway through the album the track 'Her Hippo' with its crystal-like riffs and descending melody anchors the body of work within the sonic realm championed by their home label for the past forty years.
The band recently performed on the iconic and long-running music show Later... with Jools Holland, and they also took part in the online BBC 6 Music Festival.