New music guide The Neu Bulletin (15th August 2014)

DIY’s batch of new music tips features Pin Tweaks, The Magic Gang and Sweden band School.

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 WEEKEND’S BIG GIG:
The Magic Gang, Tangerines - London, The Old Blue Last (Saturday 16th)

In amongst all the post-Jabberwocky bedlam that’s swept the UK capital this weekend, one gig’s been billed for a good while, and it’s a big one. Brighton bunch The Magic Gang are headlining a freebie for The Old Blue Last, so if you didn’t get tickets to our last minute DIY Presents night with Cloud Nothings, Hookworms and Speedy Ortiz, make this your tonic.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Pin Tweaks

Don’t laugh and don’t scoff. Pin Tweaks is a thing now, get over it. Chicago hellraisers Twin Peaks took the obvious route in David Lynch homage, but adoration for his freakish cult show keeps coming. Instead of opting for the raucous rock ‘n roll route, unsigned duo Aman and Jonny are more in debt to dark Lynchian freakouts. Their moody R&B carries no mention of logs, owls or creepy spirits - in fact it’s about as present-day as The Weeknd taking a selfie while crying. ‘Girl On The Wire’ is a debut good enough to see past the name, and then some.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
School - SoLong

Anything we can do, Sweden does better. Just when the wave-riding, spirited dreampop remit seemed to have been sewn up by Beach Fossils and its offspring projects like DIIV, out comes a crop of bands re-setting the agenda from over in Scandinavia. Makhhaverskan brought deathly darkness to the escapist tag, and new band School have been paying attention in lessons too. The Gothenberg group first arrived on these pages back in spring, but their ‘SoLong’ effort ups the anti, Alice Botéus being the vital glue that soars the whole thing right up into higher skies.

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