Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every single thing that’s been played at full volume in the office, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion acts. Just depends how good the week’s been.
Alongside our weekly round-up of discoveries, there are also Neu Picks. These are the very best songs / bands to have caught our attention, and there’s a new one every weekday. Catch up with the most recent picks here.
Photo: Ne-Hi, by Virinchi Kanneganti.
NE-HI - Buried on the Moon
Grand Jury-signed Chicago group Ne-Hi allow the message to cut through. It’s tempting to submerge raspy vocals and unhinged guitars in a thick fog of effects, but these four take a different route. ‘Buried on the Moon’, without brushing too close, brings to mind early The Shins material - simple, charming songs delivered in a hot fever.
PANGS - KILLING KIND
Nashville’s PANGS give a severe slant to pop. They sing about cutting noses off “to spite my face,” which sounds a bit much. But there’s a lot hinging on their razor-sharp routine, which comes off as a chasm between Sky Ferreira, Phantogram and Metric. Alt-pop paradise, basically.
Law Holt - Spit
Edinburgh’s Law Holt remains one of Scotland’s bright, unsung talents. A collaborator with Young Fathers - she was up on stage with the Scots when the won the Mercury Prize - her disjointed, spirit-first take on pop is deranged, always capable of collapse. ‘Spit’ sees her pushing this formula even further.
Hussy - Forever
This is just a live take, but it’s enough to put HUSSY’s doom-laden grunge in the spotlight. The South Londoners swerve a pendulum between nasty fuzz and sweet, open-ended restraint. Like Warpaint trading blows with early Parquet Courts, there’s a divine interplay between two distinct worlds.
Empara Mi - Wanderlust
With the right tools and enough time, it’s easy to layer a vocal multiple times, to the point where one person sounds like a harmony-hitting choir. Empara Mi knows a thing or two about this trick, but she uses the trade for a unique, dark purpose. ‘Wanderlust’ is a bleak introduction, talk of how “nothing really matters” swimming around in a vast, bleak space. There’s a vivid sense of purpose, here - the kind stars would trade their soul for.
LOUDS - Speak
‘Speak’ has an instant summertime charm, like sipping coke out a bottle for the first time, or dipping toes in the sand after a bleak half-year away from the coast. Philadelphia-based, six-piece LOUDS will either end up soundtracking grim car adverts or your next house party - one or other.