News The Neu Bulletin (4th February 2013)

Neu’s daily new music & live music recommendations, featuring Foxygen and Brooklyn band Hints.

Every day of the week, Neu gives you a choice show and a selection of new music tips, all in the name of exposing you to something new and exciting.

If there’s a gig that’s worth heading to, we’ll tell you all about it, and if there’s a song you need in your life, we’ll make sure it doesn’t fly under the radar. It’s the Neu Bulletin.

THE GIG
Foxygen - The Lexington, London


Last time Foxygen toured they asked their fans on Facebook if their shows had been a) drugged-up b) full of stage fights c) awesome and those responding seemed to opt for all three. The Lexington, then, is unlikely to showcase a conventional band get-together. Jonathan Rado and the ever-spontaneous Sam France will be engaging, excitable and they’ll play all the hits.

THE SONG
Hints - Cher Ami


If you hear The Smiths when you listen to Merchandise, you’ll most definitely hear them when you listen to the melodrama pop of Brooklyn’s Hints. Deep, discerning vocals, glistening guitar lines that shun song structure convention and just go for it. It’s all there. If you ask us though, the chop-and-change excitability of ‘Cher Ami’ sounds more like Maximo Park than anyone else, Paul Smith getting ahead of himself without the cringy lyrics. Make of that what you will, but we’re really enjoying Hints.

Taken from Volume II

OTHER NEU BUSINESS
So-so Echo - Imaginary Worlds


Has it been too long since you put on Drive and had a feast on Ryan Gosling’s half-formed sentences and odd violent fits? When was the last time you heard the bright, gleaming soundtrack ring out with such purity? If there’s a void that needs filling, Copenhagen’s So-so Echo might do the trick. Built on the foundations of Chromatics and that Drive soundtrack, debut track ‘Imaginary Worlds’ is still a beautiful thing. The synths are bold and they ring out big and loud, and tales of a ‘madmen in disguise’ are born for cinema. If only they made a Drive 2’.

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