The straightforward factor to do with Dry Cleansing is to focus on Florence Shaw and her laconic, subdued, spoken supply of lyrics which are nearly surreal of their quotidian blankness. However that does a disservice to the opposite three members of the band, as a result of New Lengthy Leg is the work of a terrifically centered group, whose model of post-punk is much extra different than it would at first seem. Tom Dowse has a knack for insinuating guitar strains – the cascading riff of Unsmart Woman; the easy sample that underpins Robust Emotions – and generally the hooks come from the basslines of Lewis Maynard. There’s not a revolution right here: the rulebook of the four-piece indie band just isn’t being rewritten, however even with a standard singer, singing typical lyrics, Dry Cleansing can be a superior instance of the type.
All that mentioned, Shaw is the magic ingredient. Her lyrics – snippets of discovered textual content, however largely her personal writing – leap out, and have extra influence from being delivered conversationally, free of the rhythms and meter of the music. “Bought my shorts on in preparation for the new, these idiots in trousers, they don’t know what they’re doing,” she intones in Her Hippo, a single line that opens up a dozen prospects. It’s a disgrace, then, that her finest lyric – the lengthy, dense, allusive Each Day Carry, a succession of seething, lacerating strains – is married to the least fascinating music of the file, seven-and-a-half minutes that one suspects are supposed to be hypnotic and doubtless are – stay. On file, although? Not a lot. Nonetheless, this can be a debut to be enthusiastic about.