New music guide The Neu Bulletin (4th June 2015)

DIY’s new music tips, featuring Alex Burey, Bad Sea and Cotillon.

The Neu Bulletin is a daily update of the most exciting new things DIY’s listening to. 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 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.


Alex Burey (w/ Soak)

London, Bush Hall

Fresh from just his second headline show at London Fields Brewery, smoky songwriter Alex Burey supports Soak on the week of her album launch. Bridie Monds-Watson is being spoken about as a unique talent, but anyone heading to tonight’s Bush Hall gig should keep a close eye on the support art.


If Alex Turner’s curious transition from Sheffield lad to actual American continued and if he spent time at more house parties on the West Coast, he might wind up sounding like Cotillon. Jordan Corse makes classic-sounding pop songs built up like giants. Girls’ Chet ‘JR’ White is on the production desk (and given his backing for Tobias Jesso Jr., he’s fast-becoming a producer with a big curation role), and a self-titled debut album is out this June. ‘Call Me Up’, above, is a horn-backed dose of easygoing and beautifully earnest songwriting. The real deal.

Bad Sea

Hailing from Dublin, Bad Sea is a two-piece working on smoky, simple recordings with a soulful glow. Everything so far has been captured with a rough-around-the-edges charm, like peering into a studio when they don’t realise anyone’s watching. ‘I’d Want U’ in particular is the kind of song you could have by your side for life, without requiring anything else for company. Intimate and big-thinking, it gives nods to Angel Olsen and even Johnny Cash with simplicity and sincerity.

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