New music guide The Neu Bulletin (16th October 2014)

DIY’s delivery of new music tips includes Girl Band, Good Boy and Totoake.

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.

Girl Band - London, Shapes

Over the past few months, Girl Band keep cropping up at shows, reminding all of their charged, unparalleled live show. What’s intense and foreboding on record is tripled in threat on stage - it’s something special to witness. Tonight’s London gig is set to be their last in the country for a while, as the Dubliners near their debut album.

Totoake - Otherwise

Santa Cruz resident Elisha Kim continues his impressive hitrate of explorative, expressive bedroom pop that lunges at the senses. Totoake’s ‘Otherwise’ contains the kind of chorus reserved for emotional nights out, soundtracked by perfect pop punk. Contained within a scrappy aesthetic, it makes for something more unhinged from Blink et al, but it’s just as capable of hitting hard from the get go.

Good Boy - Green Boy EP

Imagine if Mac DeMarco smoked more doobies than he already does. Consider the situation where his smoke-encrusted, romantic and on-point songwriting sounded even more hazey. The result would sound like Good Boy, a Los Angeles resident making songs with titles like ‘dang, i’m a loser’, spelling out his intentions in cloudy guitar pop. ‘Green Boy’ - his first EP - is far from perfect. It’s a bunch of rough edits that occasionally produce a gem - the best point of reference is its dreamy opening track.

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