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Mixing Bowery sleaze with a whisky-soaked optimism, QTY's "Dress/Undress" is their boldest track yet

27 February 2017, 14:00 | Written by Jake Hawkes

New York duo QTY have just released their new track “Dress Undress”, and it’s just as good as we've come to expect from the Manhattan rising stars.

Clocking in at just under three minutes, “Dress/Undress” is a swirl of infectious guitar and vocal harmony, with the song’s title referencing daily routines and anxieties. Dan Lardner, one half of the duo, explains in one of his trademark typewritten notes:

“The title is used as a metaphor for what comes between dressing in the morning and undressing at night. Two bookends in the daily routine. Like lying awake in bed going over all that self-doubt, knowing that it’s all trivial and you’ll start again in the morning.”

“Dress/Undress” is the only track QTY have written so far that wasn’t entirely conceived in their apartment, instead being written partly in London and partly on a 48-hour night out in San Francisco.

Despite its apparently fragmented writing process, the song is as perfectly formed as QTY’s previous releases, mixing Bowery sleaze with a whisky-soaked optimism that’s more than deserving of the praise that the duo are fast accumulating. As Lardner rounds off: “It feels like a new chapter is about to start. Now the ball is rolling.”

QTY’s second 7" single, featuring “Dress/Undress” and B-side “Ornament” is out 28 April on Dirty Hit Records.
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