NEWS: Dry Cleaning Make Their Television Debut on Later...with Jools Holland
This past Friday, London-based band Dry Cleaning made their television debut on Later...with Jools Holland with a performance of “Scratchcard Lanyard,” a track that appears on their forthcoming debut album, New Long Leg, out April 2nd on 4AD. In the track, Florence Shaw sings “‘Do everything, and feel nothing’... a fitting mantra for a song that sounds, at once, totally over it and yet full to the brim with life” (New York Times). “Scratchcard Lanyard,” which led into their most recent single “Strong Feelings,” is a treatise on the joy of life’s little pleasures, where air fresheners become mighty oaks and Instagram filters are glamorous holiday destinations.
Dry Cleaning is Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals). Buoyed by the universal acclaim they received for 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess, the foursome spent more and more of their lives on tour, refining their craft even further. The intensive time they spent together meant they developed a near-psychic knowledge of how to leave the right amount of space for each other in their songs. The resulting New Long Leg, produced by John Parish, is more ambitious and complex, with Shaw’s spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band’s restless instrumentals.
Its lyrics are preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival. Shaw extracts the most immense meaning from the most trivial things; she peppers the songs with a thousand tiny details, little witty asides about supermarkets, cupboards, beauty products and body parts add up to sonic landscapes that teem with the strange magic of ordinary life.