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EP Release: Dry Cleaning – Sweet Princess

London’s Dry Cleaning have announced their much-anticipated EP Sweet Princess, and have shared their debut single & video ‘Magic of Meghan’, a celebratory song about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Their debut EP has been released through Pod/Inertia Music.

The announcement continues a period of fervent activity from the band who despite having no music online, have already seen significant interest as early headline shows and a tour in support of NYC’s Bodega quickly marked out Dry Cleaning as possessing something entirely different to the rest of the pack – their wiry, excitable post-punk and new-wave paired as it is to surreal, detached vocal narratives in the form of a predominantly spoken word delivery.

In the words of vocalist Florence Shaw: ‘Dry Cleaning think Meghan is really great. The song acknowledges that following the lives of those in the public eye can provide people with an escape; an outlet for difficult emotions, and subsequently help them to cope with hard times in their lives. The song is, in part, intended to serve as a thank you to Meghan for this service. The song also aims to highlight how the news media dissect her decisions and the creative ways they conceal the misogyny and racism that is sometimes behind what they write about her (“You’re just what England needs, you’re going to change us.”)’

The video for ‘Magic of Meghan’ was made by Sheffield based artist Lucy Vann. Vann investigates, records and reinterprets overlooked behaviours and occurrences in the everyday, in this case through moving image, but she also works with photography, writing, sound, objects and performance. Her work balances between a state of tedium and interest, and attempts to reveal something beyond the immediate surface of daily life.

Firm friends for years, the band (Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse, Florence Shaw & Nick Buxton) only started making music after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration.  When they started they knew they wanted to make simple music, direct and uncomplicated. The musical influences were clear – The Feelies, The Necessaries, The B52s and Pylon as a starting point.

The garage / rehearsal space had a huge influence on the sound as it was so small and intimate; anything unnecessary was to be left behind. They wrote instrumentally to begin with and six months later Shaw, a university lecturer and picture researcher by day, joined on vocals with no prior musical experience. They recorded the six-track Sweet Princess EP before playing their first show only last year.

 






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