Wet Leg is a new band comprising Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers and hailing from the Isle of Wight. Although today sees the release of their debut single, “Chaise Longue”, it’s coming out on Domino, so you know they must have something about them.
The name Wet Leg suggests some kind of nervous disposition, but there’s no trace of uncertainty in this opening shot. They begin “Chaise Longue” with a skeletal beat and wiry guitar, a sound charged with potential energy by the teasingly unimpressed vocal; “I went to school and I got the big D,” they offer in monotone, leaving all suggestions purely to your mind. A surge of guitar adds to Wet Leg’s momentum, but they stay determinedly serious as they continue to subtly pick apart modern expectations, offering “would you like us to assign someone to worry your mother?” and later, “I’ve got a chaise long in my dressing room / and a pack of warm beer that we can consume.” They then rip heedlessly onwards, and by the time they double down on the earworm hook “on the chaise longue all day long,” you feel about ready to collapse onto titular seat and unload all your stresses.
The excellent self-directed video for “Chaise Longue” finds the duo taking up positions as disinterested porch-dwelling damsels, which you can watch below. Otherwise listen on streaming platforms.
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