Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg

New Long Leg

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EnigmaticSnob
85
i very much dig.
Nightwing734
50
The instrumentals are nice I guess?
MasterCrackfox
79
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
Jamobo
70
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
Doofy
46
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
JohnLouisHoward
100
DRY CLEANING

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
Astroskye
70
Just an OK Album I Love listening to Unsmart Lady Instrumental-wise it's Post-Punk with the guitars; I recommend it to any Post-Punk Lover
Tielur
57
What the fuck is with all this spoken word shit this year????
AngelHerntz
83
Sabes que una banda tiene potencial cuando desde su álbum debut dan todo de sí, sin medias tintas. Lo que logra Dry Cleaning es contundente; así de simple. Esto en cuanto a su instrumentación, con Nick Buxton aportando unas percusiones extraordinarias, sabe elevar el tiempo cuando debe de hacerlo, Tom Dowse que logra realizar unas distorciones alucinantes en su guitarra, o tan sólo arpegiando como acompañamiento, tiene un talento indudable, el alma del ... read more
Roystor
85
"Scratchcard Lanyard" It's by far the best opening song of the year.
ElectricMess
40
tl;dr: i don’t care for it

This is basically everything I’ve gotten sick of with the current British post punk scene rolled into one album. Dry, droll spoken word-esque vocals, lyrics filled with big brand name checking, and a ten songs i don’t think i’d be able to tell apart after five more listens. If this kind of thing is your JAM, more power to you. For me, I think two listens is more than enough.

HIGHLIGHT: More Big Birds
avernannes
36
★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
3.6/10

The speaking here is so incredibly boring and off-putting, the instrumental is decent but it doesn't save this record. A waste of time.
Felix_96
50
5/10

meh

Fav tracks: <none>
Brihongol
60
I like the instrumental, just the instrumentals.
their_nickname
60
This is almost something. The instrumentals are crisp and sharp post-punk rockers, and many of the tunes are catchy and really nice. The spoken word lyrics however, are much less interesting than on other projects such as For Those I Love. Where on that album there was a story being woven that made everything interesting and you stayed for the conclusion, Dry Cleaning does the opposite. In fact, not very much here is very interesting at all lyrically. The poetry is middling and I kind of just ... read more
Greatr
NR
I'm not hip to this spoken word shit, man.
amelietur
48
Spoken word is big this year, and it’s hit or miss when it comes down to it.
JuliaLosesMusic
75
This is undoubtedly a good debut work with a clear claim to otherness, worthy of the listener's attention. But if you look from the point of view of some more or less long-term perspective ... I have some doubts about its viability both in my playlist and in general.

The ironic lyrics deserve special attention here, but apart from it, everything is too pale and usual here. The album is too flat, without a hint of innovation (the influence of post-punk and psychedelic rock is obvious). Yes, ... read more
AndresHC
86
Incredible record! These are solid and gloomy musical passages that engage with surreal, quirky, emotional, and inevitably funny lyrics. The words are claustrophobically dry but wonderfully clear!
Quilaiba
64
A few of the tracks on here are structured quite well and overall it's a pleasant listening experience. But the mix of the overly dry vocals and silly surrealist lyrics made to match this ongoing post-punk scene becomes really forced and a little irritating. It's just a case of trying to hard to find their own place in the genre, it would be better if they were less outwardly mundane and intentionally satrical.
noisefirst
80
FIRST LISTEN: It’s an über cool vocal delivery from Florence Shaw and the band has a great old school sound to back it too. They’re a welcome unique addition to the post-punk revival hitting the UK.
dustymoth
95
Everything thing about Dry Cleaning is exactly my cup of tea.

Wry dark lyrics and dispassionate vocals set over chugging post punk.

Probably going to be my AOTY
UrsusMaritimus
81
I can't get over the fact I thoroughly enjoy listening to this woman speak, even if musically this is rather paint by numbers for the genre.

Dry Cleaning's first LP offers much the same as their previous EPs, though often more cryptic and obtuse lyrically. Theres a venom / barbed quality to the delivery of certain phrases throughout the songs, that helps layer yet more meaning into what's already a dense tapestry of what-ifs.

This is also a very British album, beyond just the genre stylings ... read more
Melancoholic
55
Generic.
pahcy
38
The unearthly British Post-Punk rally comes to a screeching halt.
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