New music guide The Neu Bulletin (25th September 2014)

DIY’s new music tips include Cloud Castle Lake, Danish band Cancer and Liverpool’s Gulf.

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.

Cloud Castle Lake - London, Sebright Arms

Last week DIY premiered the full stream of Cloud Castle Lake’s debut EP. The Irish group pull no punches. Less a collection of early tracks, more an outright manifesto, it showcased fuck knows how many wild ideas, tripping over each other to reach the spotlight. Tonight marks a hotly-attended night to run in line with their debut release on Happy Valley.

Cancer - Ragazzi (DIY Premiere)

The first release from Danish duo Cancer, ‘Ragazzi’, is a dashingly daring debut. This mini-album brings together choral falsetto, guitar lines that inhabit their own spaces, and a distinct sense of minimalism that doesn’t tend to wind up on ghostly, expansive pop. Oddities are free to roam around, particularly on highlight ‘Same Color as Digital Photography’, the track that put this pair on the map. Closer ‘Hot Snake Dead Boy’ is another standout, sounding like very little else on the planet, except the extremes of Blaue Blume or Antony and the Johnsons.

Tonight Cancer play The Lexington, London. ‘Ragazzi’ is out 29th September.

Gulf - Emitter

Liverpool’s Gulf share a few characteristics with fellow city-dwellers Outfit. Both share a love for curious alt-pop, a desire to keep forward-thinking pop spacious and slick. ‘Emitter’ - the band’s debut track - dances with uncertainties before coming to one severe conclusion in the form of a cutting chorus capable of breaking down just about any boundary.

Gulf play London’s The Old Blue Last on 20th November.

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