News The Neu Bulletin (18th September 2012)

Neu’s daily new music & live music recommendations, curated by editor Jamie Milton.

Now’s the time to get a hold of yourself, slap yourself around the face and pretend that Freshers’ students aren’t going to crash every single musical event for the next month. Ignore them. Pretend they’re just like the rest of us. And check out the following dates with a clear conscience. Something particularly special is happening tonight:

WHO’S PLAYING WHERE? We’re not allowed to tell you who the very special guests are tonight, nor will you actually find out unless you turn out in person. The act won’t be performing under their more well known stage name (sidenote: isn’t this secrecy thrilling?!), but they’ll be playing alongside the fascinating Howl and indie pop stalwarts Casablanca (pictured, above) on a launch night by the newly bred Party Politics label.

Casablanca and Howl play the Old Blue Last, London. Details here.

If you’re like me and you’ve spent the past week pretending you’re on a beach in South East Asia while listening to the steel drum olympiad that is the new Taken By Trees album, you’ll love this. The Beat Pyramid blog assures us that CUBS isn’t some kind of “mysterious” side-project of Victoria Bergsman. The debut song by Amber Bain is bereft of background details, but its alluring, enchanting slowly-slowly sound is calm epitomised; a hypnotic soundtrack to every sleeping hour.

Yesterday we gave you the scuzziest thing possible to bask your ears in, in the form of the gut-wrenching Drenge. Now for something a little more soothing: Night Beds is a step up from the multitude of Bon Iver impersonators doing the rounds. He’s on the level of fellow Neu favourite Farewell J.R., with this kind of stargazing string-led balladry. Add the songwriting gift of Andrew Bird and you’ve got yourself a star: Winston Yellen possesses all these qualities and plenty more to boot.

Stream Night Beds, ‘Even If We Try’ above. It’s taken from a 7” out today on Dead Oceans.

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