RIYL: Art Brut, The Libertines, The Fontaines

Label: 4ad

Are you cool enough to be playing this record? Honestly, I don’t think I am. I realized early in life i wasn’t cool enough to be able to pull off a jean jacket, I wish I was though. I feel if i just listen to this LP long enough though i might get there.

Broody post-punk spoken word anthems from south London… yeah that’s cool.

I’ve been into this group for awhile and it’s definite it will sell out, so get one now if you want it.

The Details

Dry Cleaning - the South London group of Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) - will release their debut album New Long Leg on 2nd April.

The 10-track long-player, which includes ‘Strong Feelings’ and last year’s single ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’, was recorded over two weeks last summer at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding). Following on from their thrillingly taut 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess, New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with Shaw’s spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band’s restless instrumentals.

With lyrics preoccupied by themes like 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.”

Price $17.24

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