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.
Spring King - London, KOKO
They spit and they snarl in triumphant unison, and when 2015 comes round everything’s going to be coming up Spring King. Tonight, the barmy bunch follow-up last month’s DIY all-dayer performance with a set at London Koko - last time round they brought out a saxophone-playing Dad on stage. Anything can happen, here.
THE BIG NEU THING:
Less ‘Eez-eh’, more easygoing, the reference-steeped glow of Brooklyn’s EZTV is yet to make a misstep. The trio of Ezra Tenenbaum, Michael Stasiak and Shane O’Connell kicked things off with an Emitt Rhodes cover, and in the past three months their old-school approach to songwriting’s reached full bloom. ‘Calling Out’ sounds like a ‘50s hit bleeding out of a modern day stereo, while ‘Hard To Believe’ spits cold truths over guitar lines that’d make the greats of old blush. Thanks to DIY’s Samuel Cornforth for the tip.
OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Not quite in the same direct mould of Tobias Jesso Jr., North Carolina songwriter Earth Ghost is nevertheless capable of singing true and pure, with little fuss. On two demos, he brings clarity to an unfussy process, hitting emotional highs and lows in gorgeous, pendulum-swinging extremes. “This town is just power lines, dark roads,” he sings, and it’s practically like you’re stepping into the outdoors with him, step-by-step.