New music guide The Neu Bulletin (23rd September 2014)

Circa Waves, Porches and FLESH feature in today’s batch of new music tips.

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 GIG:
Bloody Knees support Honeyblood - London, Sebright Arms

Joining a newly lined-up Honeyblood, Bloody Knees are kicking and screaming their way to the forefront of 2015’s big conversation. Post-‘Stitches’ EP release, momentum’s on their side, and that’s largely due to their sheer intensity of their force.

THE BIG NEU THING:
FLESH - VAUXHALL CASANOVA

At first, it’s quite a shock to the system when an actual bloody shower features in ‘Vauxhall Casanova’; but any paradigm shifts in cleanliness are quickly chucked out for the usual creepy shots of bare skin and – err – leg rubs. Yep, it’s Manchester’s favourite self-parodied grimy Snotpoppers Flesh, back with a track just as playfully sordid and unashamedly mischievous as ever. Guitars whine like haunted voices from the 90s and snarling vocals get mucky with funk basslines to create something as fantastically horrific and comically Britpop as Alex James rubbing cheese fondue all over himself. [Kyle MacNeill]

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Porches - Prism

It’s unexpected, but it works: Aaron Maine - customary with emotion-led, strung-out guitar-based songwriting - is trying his hand at ghostly synth pop for ‘Prism’, Porches’ first single on Terrible Records. It arrives following on from last year’s fantastic ‘Slow Dance in the Cosmos’, but this is a completely new look. Despite the different environment, Maine is steadfastly concerned with pulling heart-strings, albeit with new tools.

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