LONDON’S Dry Cleaning have shared details of their debut EP ‘Sweet Princess’ out on 16th August aswell as a new track ‘Magic of Meghan’
A band who have gathered immense word of mouth hype in recent months with their initial shows, including a rammed set at The Great Escape in May and a tour in support of Bodega, they formed at a karaoke party in 2017 and went onto make some instrumentals before Fiona Shaw, a university lecturer and picture researcher by day, joined on vocals with no prior musical experience.
The rest is history and the band have carefully crafted a wiry, vibrant post-punk and new-wave indebted sound that pairs itself with surreal vocal narratives, often delivered in spoken word. ‘Magic of Meghan’ is the perfect introduction for those yet to become acquainted with the outfit thanks to its brilliantly taut, punkish guitar lines and detached, Grace Jones-like delivery. It’s skitterish andexcitable yet anchored by its resolutely pop songwriting.
As its title suggest, it is a song about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex which cleverly dissects the misogyny and barely disguised racism of the British establishment, full of clever, witty wordplay.
The band said: “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 (“You got engaged on the day that I moved out. It’s ok. She’s a smasher, perfectly suited to the role.”).
The song also aims to highlight how the news media dissect her decisions (“Never has one outfit been designed, to send so many messages”) 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.”)”
Check out the song and its video below.