New music guide: The Neu Bulletin (11th August 2014)

Childhood head up today’s new music guide, also featuring Mirror Talk and Final Flesh.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. Some of the music you’ll like, some of it you won’t. Think of it as a stream of recommendations that every so often pops up something spectacular. Most of these are Bandcamp finds, big ups from readers or cheeky submissions that pop out of the inbox.

Every day we offer up a choice show, a song of the day (branched under the understated heading “Big Neu Thing”) and a little something extra that’s caught our attention. Check back here every day for your latest Neu Bulletin delivery and follow our ‘Listen’-tag for everything new music related.

THE GIG:
Childhood - London, Rough Trade East

Tonight welcomes in the celebratory launch of Nottingham via London band Childhood’s superb, psych-doused debut ‘Lacuna’. Smart songwriting and full-blown distortion clashes heads at a constant on this record. Live, the two merge into a beastly combination. Before they triumph at Reading & Leeds, this more low-key freebie takes place from 7pm.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Final Flash - Memory Sigh

This is a disturbing, alien debut track from London musician Final Flesh (formerly known as Nowa Huta). Abrasive, ear-cleansing effects rinse the frame, but beneath the surface is an under-ether funk not too distant from the sound of Jai Paul being sucked into a black hole. Production is intentionally, disgustingly out of place, and ‘Memory Sigh’ exists to disturb.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Mirror Talk - 1997

Los Angeles musicians Mirror Talk cite Prince and The Knife as their biggest influences, and the two combine more than ever on ‘1997’. Extravagant synth-pop with zero sleight of hand isn’t pulled off by everything - St. Lucia and Haerts are the newbies managing to pull it off - but this ticks every box. It’s always on the verge of being overblown (think Twin Shadow with even less fucks given), but that’s the charm.


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