It is easy to forget it has only been fifteen months since Wet Leg released their debut single “Chaise Longue”, such has been their impact in that short time. Globally, the duo have reached over 150 million streams and sold over 250,000 albums, inspired a wealth of lobster fancy dress, garnered an ASMR following as well as finding fans in the likes of Drew Barrymore, Lorde, Iggy Pop, Elton John, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Harry Styles, Edgar Wright and Dave Grohl. Fresh from their Number 1 debut album been shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize, Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers are happy to share two songs recorded with James Ford for Spotify Singles, each one marking a path back to those early days of the band.
First up is a cover of “Daisy” by Ashnikko – a song that soundtracked the pair’s initial foray into songwriting together at Teasdale’s old house in Hackney. Chambers reflects: “I remember going to stay with Rhian around the time we recorded Chaise with Jon McMullen and she had told me about this artist she’d been listening to loads. She sang and played ‘Daisy’ on the guitar in the morning while we had coffee. It feels like another little circle coming round in our Wet Leg world getting to make this cover.”
Their other offering is a reworking of album track “Convincing”, the only song released so far with Hester on lead vocals. She explains the evolution of it: “Most of our album was written in the depths of 2020, and right up to April 2021 when we went into the studio. Since live music has opened back up, we play some tracks just as they were recorded, but ‘Convincing’ is one of the songs that has gone through a little shapeshift over time as we’ve been playing gigs for the last year. This version we recorded with James leans into the more mellow and woozy world it exists in our live sets.”
Stream Wet Leg’s Spotify Singles here.
Earlier this month, the band were also in session for Radio 1’s Live Lounge performing Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” and their own “Wet Dream”.