New music guide The Neu Bulletin (Ead Wood & The Heights, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Kira & more)

The Neu Bulletin (Ead Wood & The Heights, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Kira & more)

DIY’s essential, weekly guide to the best new music.

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.

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Ead Wood & The Heights - Ignored

Ead Wood & The Heights consists of Bristol artist Ed Soles and South London band Margot. Venturing into sunny surf-rock for their latest project, ‘Ignored’ is the second single off the band’s upcoming second EP ‘Beige Dreams’. The upbeat, jangly track tackles “fading relationships and the troubles of miscommunication”, according to Ed, but with its breezy feel, it’s one where it feels easy to sit back and listen. (Rachel Finn)

Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud

Saddle Creek-signing Black Belt Eagle Scout - aka Katherine Paul or KP - is set to release her debut album ‘Mother Of My Children’ this September. The album’s lead single ‘Soft Stud’, which Paul describes as her “queer anthem…about the hardships of queer desire within an open relationship”, is a sprawling six-minute offering of crunchy guitars and delicate yet emotive vocals that builds into an explosive finish. KP draws from her childhood spent in a small Indian reservation in Washington state in her music, weaving themes of frustration and dreaming into her lyrics and ‘Soft Stud’ is a fascinating first insight into the rest of the album to come. (Rachel Finn)

Kira - If It Makes You Feel Better

The first single from London duo Kira, with ‘If It Makes You Feel Better’ we’re treated to a glossy helping of alt-pop. Drenched in dreamy synths, guitars and crystalline vocals, we don’t know very much about them yet, but if their first offering is anything to go by, we can only hope they’ve got more gorgeous pop hits to offer us very soon. (Rachel Finn)

Knightstown - Catcher

Brighton producer Knightstown is releasing his debut album via FatCat next month, and if new single ‘Catcher’ is anything to go by, he’s more than ready to make the step up. Perfect for this unnatural heat we’re currently experiencing, the new cut is a muggy, subtly danceable cut that it’s easy to melt into. Punctuated by soft, half-whispered vocals reminiscent of Dan Snaith on Caribou’s last LP ‘Our Love’, ‘Catcher’ is an unobtrusive but gorgeous gem. (Will Richards)

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