With the London quartet Dry Cleaning now calling 4AD their home, they opted to release this new single to celebrate the new union…accompanied by an incredible video to boot. I love how the band stick to their simplicity, which is where they first started drawing from the likes of the Feelies and Pylons. At times, this definitely harkens to a sort of early 80s post-punk feel, though the edges aren’t as sharper, almost worn down by time; that effect matches the mood of Florence Shaw’s very matter of fact vocal delivery throughout the song. Plus, you get that bobbing bass throughout, giving you enough of a groove that the tune echoes in your brain long after the time’s run out. Betting 4AD are pretty stoked to have this lot on board.
Dry Cleaning are the latest UK act to arrive on our shores with loads of anticipation about what they have to offer. Musically, there’s similarities to the post-punk stylings of various acts, with the most hyped being Shame/Black Midi; it’s the sort with these jagged guitar lines coming in all angles while the disaffected delivery of the vocals crafts an odd balance. But, what I like about Dry Cleaning, especially on this number, is the Florence Shaw’s approach to writing the lyrics; this tune is comprised of bits of commentary from various places, like Youtube comments or TV advertisements. It adds the actual word art to what often gets lumped in as art-rock; this here is an elevated version of what we’ve all been bankrupt on selling. The Sweet Princess EP drops August 16th via It’s Ok.