Stumpwork Dry Cleaning

Following on from last year’s ‘New Long Leg’, this second album from Dry Cleaning finds their sound expanding into more wide-ranging textures while still retaining their Post-Punk instrumental influences. Less angular than before, the sounds here are no less off-kilter as Florence Shaw’s rambling, storyteller vocals depict uncanny and amorphous vignettes that demand attention with their wit while continually pulling away in new directions.

The evolving opener, ‘Anna Calls From The Arctic’ is louche and laid-back, Lounge Jazz gone awry while album highlight ‘Gary Ashby’, the most linear narrative cut, tells the tale of a lost pet tortoise to chiming, Johnny Marr- esque guitar and grooving bass.

While their debut was inventively original, ‘Stumpwork’ shows Dry Cleaning have plenty of room to evolve and grow as their world-building songs become ever more vivid.

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