#3 Flying Out favourite albums of 2021
Charming, droll, and inexplicably catchy, the songs of Dry Cleaning had huge crossover, making it onto almost all of our top lists here at the store. New Long Leg is the sound of the UK here and now, shrugging indifferently while we tap our toes in a fandom frenzy. Fascinated to see where they take their sound next!
The South London group of Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) will release 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.”
Dry Cleaning was formed 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 with 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.
1. Scratchcard Lanyard
2. Unsmart Lady
3. Strong Feelings
5. Her Hippo
6. New Long Leg
7. John Wick
8. More Big Birds
10. Every Day Carry