New music guide The Neu Bulletin (5th August 2014)

Today’s new music guide includes Gengahr, Alvvays, Soph Nathan and Cloud Castle Lake.

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.

Alvvays, Gengahr (DIY Presents) - London, Birthdays

This is some shameless trumpet blowing, but it’s hard to think of a new band combination hitting the capital to be this exciting in a long time. Headliners Alvvays top our DIY Presents bill for a sold out gig at Birthdays tonight. They’re joined by Gengahr, a band responsible for demos that stick to the conscience, already lending the band support slots on the Wolf Alice tour, plus the lead Neu slot in this month’s issue. Last night they signed to Transgressive, for crying out loud. It’s going to be a special night.

Cloud Castle Lake - Sync

Cloud Castle Lake arrive fully-formed, an outfit already capable of recruiting a full horn section, a band with clear sight ahead, wholly aware of where they’re headed. ‘Sync’ - their debut track - packs a ton of elements into its soaring five minute stay. Trombones bark, Daniel McAuley’s shriek-like vocals soaring above tightly-wound, ‘King of Limbs’-style musicianship. Clearly the beginning of something special.

Their debut EP, ‘Dandelion’, is out 22nd September on Happy Valley Records.

Soph Nathan

Some waves of noise slipstream past the conscience. They add to the background, the familiar fuzz. Others go straight for the gut. They lock their target and swing. Brighton trio Soph Nathan strike gold on their debut ‘Our Girl’. This is the kind of track that quite simply doesn’t have time to fret or dither - there’s noise to be made, waves to crash. This one comes produced by Kristian Smith, of The Magic Gang.

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