At once when such vital social philosophers as the chap from Maroon 5 are asking whether the extremely concept of bands has a future, the launching cd from south London four-piece Dry Cleaning appears prompt.
Before innovative, ever-shifting, never-repeating post-punk forms– thanks to Nick Buxton (drums), Lewis Maynard (bass) as well as Tom Dowse (guitar)– Florence Shaw intones highly thorough lyrical pieces of day-to-day monitorings in a voice that’ sspeechsprechganggesang. Absorbed seclusion, non sequitur lines such as “A person pissed on my leg in the large Sainsbury’s/ If you’re an Aries/ After that I’m an Aries” may appear instead on the abstract side. In this context, supplied deadpan versus sinuous rhythms, they appear extremely poetic, as well as imbued with wit as well as sorrowful.
PJ Harvey consigliere John Church tape-recorded New Long Leg in Wales last summertime, in between lockdowns, as well as his refined manufacturing permits the songs to take a breath. In the liquid instrumentation there are mirrors of the Raincoats, Public Picture Ltd, Gang of 4 as well as– in the launch as well as construct of stress, most especially on the closing Everyday Lug– Sonic Young People. Taken in mix with Shaw’s distinct distribution, Dry Cleansing have an audio that is as particular as it is spectacular.