Album of the week: October 21 – Dry Cleaning

October 21st 2022

Stumpwork is the much anticipated sophomore album by singular London post punk outfit Dry Cleaning. Mirroring the chaos of the modern world through vocalist Florence Shaw’s lucid storytelling and almost-speaking stream of consciousness delivery, the band twist and turn through different musical references, creating a cerebral, bordering on psychedelic, listening experience. Bold in its shrewd directness yet abstract simultaneously, Dry Cleaning’s discordant, angular guitar work is pushed into new territories for their second record, creating a woozy and cinematic backdrop to Shaw’s wry proclamations, which were often spontaneously recorded directly onto the album. With fragmented references to grief, archives and the surreal happenings of everyday life, Stumpwork is a masterful capture of the bewildering world around us.

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