Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork

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Stumpwork is the second studio album by English post punk band Dry Cleaning, released in October 2022 via 4AD Records.

Dry Cleaning was formed by friends Tom Dowse, Nick Buxton and Lewis Maynard after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with until six months later Florence Shaw, a visual artist, university lecturer and picture researcher by day (with no prior musical experience) turned up to a band rehearsal armed with reams of her own collected writing and a copy of Michael Bernard Loggins’ Fears Of Your Life to read out over the music. Before long she was the group’s front-person, contributing words of her own, and serving as the perfect foil to the band’s music.

‘Stumpwork’ is the follow-up to 2021’s ‘New Long Leg’. The South London-based group’s first studio album, recorded in just two weeks with producer John Parish at the iconic Rockfield Studios, became a huge critical and commercial success reaching #4 in the UK Album Charts and featuring in Best Of 2021 polls across the board.

Buoyed by its success, Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) returned to rural Wales in late 2021, partnering once more with Parish and engineer Joe Jones. Working from a position of trust in the same studio and with the same team, imposter syndrome and anxiety was replaced by a fresh freedom and openness to explore beyond an already rangy sonic palette, a newfound confidence in their creative vision.

‘Stumpwork’ was inspired by a plethora of events, concepts, and political debacles, be they represented in the icy mess of ambient elements reflecting a certain existential despair, or the surprising warmth in celebrating the lives of loved ones lost through the previous year.

Surrealist lyrics are as ever at the forefront - but there is a sensitivity now to the themes of family, money, politics, self-deprecation, and sensuality. Furious alt-rock anthems combine across the record with jangle pop and ambient noise, demonstrating the wealth of influences the band feed off and their deep musicality.

With the pressure of their debut album behind them, Dry Cleaning have crafted an ambitious and deeply rewarding new work that marks them out as one of the most intelligent and exciting acts to come out of the UK.

This album is on white coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed inner sleeve and booklet, pressed in the UK via 4AD Records.

(15599)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Anna Calls From The Arctic

4:58

A2

Kwenchy Kups

2:45

A3

Gary Ashby

2:11

A4

Driver's Story

3:41

A5

Hot Penny Day

3:38

A6

Stumpwork

4:12

B1

No Decent Shoes For Rain

5:58

B2

Don't Press Me

1:50

B3

Conservative Hell

3:48

B4

Liberty Log

6:53

B5

Icebergs

5:23

SKU 15599
Record Label 4AD Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number 4AD0504LP
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 21 October 2022
Original Release Date (Year) 21 October 2022
Barcode # 191400050419
Shipping Weight 0.4500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, White Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Printed Booklet
Vinyl Colour White
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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