Laundromat has shared the second single from his his debut ‘Blue’ EP. The three-track EP is set for release via Brace Yourself Records on April 10th. Laundromat, the new project from Toby Hayes has been a long time in the making. Hayes admits as much, recalling a process that has taken “years” to bear fruition. The resulting Ep’s (‘Blue’ EP, the first of a trilogy set for release on BY) – showcase a musician who has earned his stripes in the DIY scene. Humans, the first single to be taken from the EP has received extensive support at 6 Music from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley.
On new single Slow Clap, Laundromat manages to sound simultaneously arch and pleading. The lyrical refrain of “Watch Your Mouth” threatens too, juxtaposed with Coxonesque guitar. Hayes says of the single:
“Slow Clap was the first Laundromat tune that had the sound I was looking for, until then I’d scrapped a lot of material. Lyrically it’s fucked off observation about those in power not representing the people that elected them, more often than not. And perhaps more specifically, the maddening dissolution it brings. I try and keep it all vague though. Read what you want into it, better for everyone that way. “
The Laundromat project began when Hayes was living in China. Fast forward through a stint in Berlin, a period in London, he now finds himself settled in Brighton – where an appreciation of public space aesthetics has influenced subsequent recordings. Jukeboxes, buses, service stations, phone boxes: these overlooked and often ignored objects providing beauty and feelings of transience that resonated greatly with Hayes.
Lyrically the EP explores the end of the world, panic attacks in the work-place, political figures that don’t represent the people that elected them, the preciousness of friendship, binge drinking, mental health and the time Hayes got ‘catfished’ – for nearly 7 years.
Influences are broad, ranging from Broadcast, Jaki Liebezeit, Jason Albertini, Madlib to Gonjasufi. Kim Deal stands out as major inspiration. Hayes finds salvation in the intimacy of bedrooms recordings, “I love the sound of them. There’s something special there that I will always love, the sound of someone exploring their imagination, performing to themselves.” Lo-fi may be the guiding force, but after an eventful and painful few years Laundromat is ready to embrace positive change and seek catharsis with these new recordings.
‘BLUE EP’ OUT APRIL 10th VIA BRACE YOURSELF RECORDS
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