New music guide The Neu Bulletin (1st August 2014)

SOPHIE, Huntly and Bodega Bay feature in today’s new music guide.

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 GIG:
Visions Festival (Saturday 2nd August)
(Sophie, Yumi Zouma, Alvvays, Flamingods & Boneyards)

Last year’s Visions festival (its first) was an exciting opportunity to see tons of bands packed into a small corner of East London. This year’s no different, but there’s a greater emphasis on new bands this time round. Sophie (post-’Lemonade’ sugar rush) is the big draw, but there’s also a chance to check out Alvvays ahead of their sold out DIY Presents gig. Yumi Zouma are making their first ever UK appearance, post releasing one of the EPs of the year, and Flamingods & Boneyards have decided to join forces for a one-off performance.

THE BIG NEU THING:
Huntly - Go Out

It’s impossible to find any details on Huntly, a new project stemming from Melbourne, Australia. In the midst of a musical gold rush that’s happening Down Under, this might be one of the best, most sparkling discoveries to arrive out of the country in recent months. ‘Go Out’ is delicate to the touch, but it’s a brilliant mix of sweet textures, barely-there percussion and vocals that soar above everything else within their reach.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Bodega Bay

Brooklyn band Bodega Bay are the audible equivalent - and this is a compliment - of the slimy layer of sticky beer that tends to soak the floor of the average venue. Disgusting stuff, but think of all the music it’s been fortunate to absorb, the saliva of jaw-dropped punters witnesses something special for the first time. Of the two tracks forming their debut single, ‘Tarkovski’ is worthy of severe excitement. Its mantra of “TAKE HIM TO THE ZONE” is resolute and ready to be chanted in unison. ‘Cultural Consumer’, too, is enough to bring Marx back to life and on the dancefloor.

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