New music guide The Neu Bulletin (3rd September 2014)

DIY’s pick of new music tips highlights Vaults, Spur and Wonder Wonder.

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 for everything new music related.

Vaults - London, ICA Theatre

Tonight sees London trio Vaults playing a sold out headline show in their home city. With just a few gigs under their belts, they’ve already arrived as the full package: The three-piece tend to adorn the stage with string sections, sample pads and instruments that’ve come straight out of a sci-fi film. Ahead of Bestival and Festival Number 6 appearances, catch them in their element.

Wonder Wonder - Body Gold

For the next few months, Wonder Wonder are releasing one track a month, all amounting to an eventual debut album. Within ten months, presumably, anticipation for this full-length will be at fever pitch. ‘Body Gold’ is supremely meticulous, with snapping beats and lightly-filtered vocals overlapping in perfect synchronicity. Instant pop on the surface, this one’s also bubbling up with finer details.


Hailing from Pennsylvania, Spur can be placed next to the equally dazzling Ought in being a band devoted to slugging out emotions and touch, loose-ended notes. Their chugged style of delivery is subject to open spaces and words left unsaid. And on a debut, self-titled EP, they sway between hushed notes and piercing yelps. Lyrical content is dark to the extreme (‘Fugue’ claims “my body betrays me”), but there’s also a bright, beaming light at the end of the tunnel.

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