[ 4AD / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 2 April 2021
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New Long Leg is the debut album from Dry Cleaning, the South London group of Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals).
The 10-track long-player, which includes 'Strong Feelings' and last year's single 'Scratchcard Lanyard', was recorded over two weeks 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."
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