Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
Dry Cleaning's debut album was recorded over two weeks during summer 2020 at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding). Following their thrillingly taut 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess, New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with Florence Shaw’s spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band’s restless instrumentals.
Delivered with a pitch=perfect nonchalance, and preoccupied with a repetitive lexicon of everyday banality and very British idiom, the lyrics touch on themes of dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness and survival. Shaw says, “the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair.”
Dry Cleaning was formed in London by friends Tom Dowse, Nick Buxton and Lewis Maynard after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with, until six months later Florence Shaw, a visual artist, university lecturer and picture researcher by day - with no prior musical experience - turned up to a band rehearsal armed with reams of her own collected writing and a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins’ Fears Of Your Life to read out over the music. Before long she was the group’s frontperson, contributing words of her own and serving as the perfect foil to the band’s music.
New Long Leg
More Big Birds
Every Day Carry
- Limited edition cassette and yellow vinyl LP exclusive to indie stores
- LPs include printed inner
- CD housed in gatefold card sleeve with 6mm spine and lyric booklet
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