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.
Jagara - Let Me Go
Sampha’s ‘Blood On Me’ track might be 2016’s best attempt to capture impending doom, but JAGARA’s ‘Let Me Go’ comes a close second. The London trio capture paranoia to a T with eerie, 80s-nodding synthwork, and that’s before they chant “can you hear them coming?” in deathly unison. Perfect for apocalypses and break-ups, particularly when it’s hard to tell the latter from the former.
Bambi Lou - Call Waiting
Montreal trio Bambi Lou take soft steps, like sneaking from one room to another without creaking the floorboards. The sister’s ‘Call Waiting’ track is tagged “#tender”, and boasts lyrics like “what’s the point in waiting around?” Their cotton-wool approach is deceptive, though. Beneath the calm exterior is a cutting no-bullshit filter and some deft precision.
Flasher - Destroy
Marrying bleached out punk with a dreamy hue, Flasher’s nonchalance defines ‘Destroy’. A melodic, charming nod to the early nineties, it’s taken from their self-titled debut EP, set for a vinyl reissue on November 18th via Sister Polygon.
w. baer - The Shakes
Midway through California producer w.baer’s eerie, Stranger Things-nodding ‘The Shakes’, a voice in the background asks “are you scared of dying?” On the one hand, Wyatt Baer deals masterfully with abstractions, where where’s left unsaid has its own impact. But there’s still a cutting fear and paranoia running through this track, taken from a new EP on Hush Hush Records.
Grief Tourist - Strigoi
With all six tracks on Grief Tourist’s debut EP sitting at around two minutes, it’s clear as day that this lot aren’t fucking about with pleasantries. Thrashy, trashy punk with both a bark and a bite, the incoming vinyl release for ‘Strigoi’ (via the ever-reliable Too Pure) is likely to smash your turntable to pieces.
Horsey - Everyone’s Tongue
‘Everyone’s Tongue’ could be mistaken for stream of consciousness poetry, every word stumbling into the spotlight. Across four minutes, Horsey bark about being “the French man’s son!”. They rhyme “I don’t care who it is” with “I’m gonna jizz.” There are no limits to the London four-piece’s jazz-inflected spontaneity, where every gallop forwards could be a potential misstep. Every single second of ‘Everyone’s Tongue’ is a spectacle.
Artificial Pleasure - I’ll Make It Worth Your While
Few debut singles put cards on the table quite like Artificial Pleasure’s. A fully-formed statement, it takes the poised pop of Talking Heads, and adds a heady dose of glam and glitter. “Let me out!” they cry in unison, “I really wanna dance” - with a bassline this thick, it’s little wonder their toes are so desperate to tap.
Temptress - Guilty Pleasure
Ditching the doom and gloom of their earlier singles, Temptress’ latest is a skronky pop banger of the highest order. All warbling, electronically-warped horns and happy-clappy percussion, it’s a newfound fanfare that suits the London duo - a December 1st headliner at The Nines in London’s ever so trendy Peckham should be a carnival.
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