Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
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Based on 31 reviews
2021 Ratings: #39 / 514
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The Observer

The everyday becomes poetic on this intensely original album of post-punk shape-shifting from the south London foursome.

Dry Cleaning have really nailed the delicate balance of music v.s lyrics: the band themselves are really well put together, playing dancey, groovy indie pop that gives you flashbacks to prime Blur. The addition of Florence Shaw’s beatnik-esque spoken word lyrics and delivery really takes this project to the next level.
Displacing the emotional in favour of engagingly tenuous perspectives, this precariously magnetic album, much like the contents of Dourofs, will absolutely floor you.

New Long Leg may not always be positive, but it's more interesting than that, more needling and necessary. It's everything at once, a record that absorbs and spits back the unending noise of the world and asks that you take a second look, every common thing somehow made brand new.

No Ripcord

A sonic cigarette hanging off the bottom lip.

Spill Magazine
This is a bit of a know-it-when-you-hear-it band that comes along once in a while, whose uniqueness is felt immediately, and the best part is that they manage to keep it up the whole way through. A truly stellar debut.
The London art-rockers’ outstanding debut is a droll album full of surreal images, bizarre obsessions, and sense memories. The cumulative effect of Florence Shaw’s narration is inexplicably wonderful.
Beats Per Minute

Dry Cleaning seem a working-class band, but they are not a political band in that same sense. This concept is mimicked across many post-punk bands past and present, but instead of trying to stay firmly between those politically-charged guardrails they have stepped outside of them and created their own scenic route.

Some grin in the face of the absurd and rotten, and others reflect all the hot air back outward. Dry Cleaning make an art of doing both.
The Irish Times

Dry Cleaning bring a refreshing pop sensibility to British rock music, and New Long Leg is a cracking and captivating debut.


Cerebral, caustic: exhilarating John Parish-produced debut from art-schooled Londoners.


А smart foursome me with a working try knowledge of Life Without Buildings and late-period Magazine, Dry Cleaning enlisted John Parish to add extra damp-kitchen murk to their pleasingly grubby debut LP.

The Skinny

Like Shaw’s one-liners, and the mundane moments they represent, the songs on New Long Leg become heavy and improbably moving when stacked on top of each other.

Northern Transmissions
Across ten tracks Dry Cleaning’s debut offers an almost bottomless pit of wordy treasures to salvage and like any challenges you’re encouraged to burrow deeper to gain a great understanding.

As a complete aesthetic statement, the debut album from Dry Cleaning hardly merits contemporaries at all – suffocating, surreal, and exploratory, it takes chances other groups could scarcely envisage.


Following their two hype-building EPs ‘Sweet Princess’ and ‘Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks’, the quartet’s debut album sees them wade further into lyrical surrealism and musical experimentation.

The Telegraph
The arty Brighton quartet’s debut album is an engrossingly energetic fusion of the mundane, the surreal and the downright bizarre.
The Line of Best Fit
In the past decade or so, countless bands have been brought up from the same well of tightly-wound, expressionistic rock, but none hold the same uniquely fascinating appeal that Dry Cleaning have. Play New Long Leg loud, and play it often.

A record that exists in the gaps of modern life that most other bands skip over, ‘New Long Leg’ sticks its head in your kitchen cupboards, worries about Brexit, waits for the bins to get collected, feels paranoid, gets its leg pissed on in the big Sainsbury’s. Modern life is delightful!

Under The Radar

New Long Leg delivers on every level, from Shaw’s lyrical attention to detail to the impeccable musicianship that surrounds her. Fulfilling all the promise shown by those early releases not to mention 4AD’s faith in signing them up, Dry Cleaning are the real deal. Potential realized in abundance.

The Guardian
Florence Shaw’s laconic spoken delivery is a highlight in a talented band making the quotidian exciting.

They know exactly what they're doing, and the risks they take result in a debut album that brings a fresh energy to post-punk that's equally challenging and rewarding.

God Is in the TV

The end result is so unique and detached from current trends that anyone who fails to listen to Dry Cleaning is missing out on something they won’t be getting anywhere else in their musical diet.

FLOOD Magazine

The group has been buzzing for a while, and as is too rarely the case, New Long Leg lives up to the hype and builds upon it, imagining a future in which a new crop of bands long to mimic their style.


There’s a charming purity that runs through ‘New Long Leg’, and a sense that Dry Cleaning wasn’t the product of a masterplan.

Record Collector
Fresh, clever and endlessly intriguing, it adds up to a stellar debut.
Spectrum Culture
Rarely does a freshman project have such a solid identity and personality. And Dry Cleaning are able to diversify their sound just enough to last an engaging 41 minutes.
American Songwriter

Whether this seems like something that tickles your sweet spot or you would rather stick with music more predictable, there is no doubt it sounds like nothing else.

Loud and Quiet

The album that emerged is a record of greater confidence and refinement than Dry Cleaning’s two EPs, Sweet Princess and Boundary Road Snacks. Here, triviality and meaning compete to create a compelling portrait of ordinary life, one littered with acerbic wit, intricacy and yawning negative space.

The Forty-Five
Modern-day absurdities and wry truths show up on the debut album from the London post-punk band, delivered with languid panache.
Crack Magazine

On debut album New Long Leg, the south London quartet further exploit that tension by broadening their palette, experimenting with an array of guitar textures, as well as thrillingly tinny drum machines and pointillist basslines, placed prominently in the mix.

The instrumentals are nice I guess?

A Kerry Bog Pony.
Do everything and feel nothing.
Nick Buxton’s drums.
An Oslo bouncy ball.
Working class roots vs. middle class roots.
Tom Dowse’s guitar.
Aldous Harding’s even more eccentric cousin.
Just an emo dead stuff collector, things come to the brain.
Lewis Maynard’s bass.
Authentic vs. post-authentic. Most listeners have lost the ability to tell the difference.
Aldous Harding’s producer, John Parish.
Listeners have lost the ability to tell ... read more
Dry Cleaning certainly take a turn we don't often hear in the modern but thriving post-punk scene. The Londoners tow a thin line of contrasts, one of which is groovy art punk instrumentation and the other a deadpan and deadly nonchalant vocal performance style that feels less like an average singer and more like a poet who stumbled into a jam session. Whether that juxtaposition suits you is entirely up to listener discretion, but there is little room for debate that the execution is quite ... read more
The year of British Post-Punk continues!

Gladly this particular wave of Post-Punk, as opposed to the 00's revival, has a larger range of influences. Rather than relying so heavily on Joy Division, bands are pulling from Talking Heads, Wire, Slint and many less Punk infused groups, allowing this scene to find its own feet and actually become something worth paying attention to.

In regards to Dry Cleaning, the biggest comparison point for me is The Cool Greenhouse's self-titled debut from last ... read more
Did Baxter Dury and Kim Gordon have a daughter together?

Sadly Florence Shaw's low energy vocals lack character or soundbite appeal - really feels like you're sitting bored at a beat poetry performance so put some Sonic Youth/The Fall instrumentals on your headphones to try and drown out the endless monologues.

The connection between these vocals and the music supporting them feels loose at best - and I don’t ever get the feeling I'm listening to one of the great wordsmiths of our age ... read more
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Added on: February 9, 2021