New music guide The Neu Bulletin (29th August 2014)

DIY picks out new music from Boston’s IAN and fuzz fiends Wax Children.

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 BIG NEU THING:
IAN - IAN

‘IAN’ is the self-titled release from a Boston musician in the middle of a prolific streak. What makes this new one from Jillian Medford stand out is its recruitment of a backing band. Suddenly emotive, already powerful songs gained a bigger charge. On ‘Don’t Call Me’, in particular, cries of “I’m sorry” sound so much more potent when they’re being thrashed out in a rhythmic sway. Marching drums clatter into the frame, and throughout, Medford’s vocals are actually enhanced in this kind of envrionment. New to IAN? Get to know everything on Bandcamp and stream the latest, greatest, release up above.

OTHER NEU BUSINESS:
Wax Children - Rene’s House

Another fuzz-centric find. This came about when Melody Prochet shared a new demo earlier today, before asking fans to submit some of their own in the comments thread. This kind of thing could spell disaster, but anyone adoring Melody’s Echo Chamber has to have some redeeming musical qualities. Turns out Wax Children have them in spades. Amongst a slew of demos, their latest, ‘Rene’s House’, catches the attention. It’s nonchalant and up to its knees in angst all at once. Psych music just got that little bit more tense. It just goes to show - people who complain about getting sent links by bands on Twitter and Facebook don’t know what they’re talking about and need to crawl out of that cynicism hole of theirs.

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