New music guide The Neu Bulletin (Posture, Chaika, Xenia Rubinos & more)

DIY’s essential, weekly guide to the best new music.

Neu Bulletins are DIY’s guide to the best new music. They contain every single thing that’s been played at full volume in the office, whether that’s a small handful or a gazillion acts. Just depends how good the week’s been.

Alongside our weekly round-up of discoveries, there are also Neu Picks. These are the very best songs / bands to have caught our attention, and there’s a new one every weekday. Catch up with the most recent picks here.

(Photo: Chaika)

Posture - I Just Can’t Wait To See My Girl

Where debut track ‘Bitter’ swayed in the breeze, Posture’s latest tightens the screws. Bringing Beach Boys-esque chirpy romance to a new generation, it’s a spiky and spirited surf-rock number from a group who are quick to note that yes, they actually do surf. It’s rarer than you’d think, y’know.

Xenia Rubinos - Lonely Lover

Once Xenia Rubinos begins to sing, nothing else matters. Not to shun the importance of ‘Lonely Lover’’s dagger-sharp percussion or jazz-nodding, open ended strut. But this is all about the Brooklyn newcomer’s stronghold, which captures a dozen emotions at once. Debut album ‘Black Terry Cat’ lands 3rd June via Anti-.

sir Was - Falcon

Led by throbbing organs and a crackling, desperate vocal, the first teaser of sir Was’ debut EP is the perfect encapsulation of his big-city Gothenburg hometown - dark and solid as concrete, the City Slang-signed newcomer nevertheless harbours an idiosyncratic beauty amongst all the gloom.

Tourists - Cut and Run

Tourists rhyme the words “dead or alive” with “dignified”, because they can do whatever the hell they want. The Torquay-based five-piece have a knack for dreamy beach pop with a sinister edge, ‘Cut and Run’ merging a patchwork style with giant, sky-reaching guitar lines and arty intentions.

Chaika - I Fall

Chaika’s last effort, the sprawling ‘The Quietness’, may have been a salt-in-wound stabber, but ’I Fall’ treads a bit lighter. Frustration and anger replaced with a delicate, almost romantic edge, it’s evidence that this Leeds lot have more up their sleeves than just 500mph thrash.

Exam Season - Megabus

Budget coach brands might not be the most common songwriting subjects, but it’s that side-eyed glance at the everyday that’s solo emo Exam Season’s biggest asset. Instantly relatable, Ed Watson’s songwriting hits a Los Campesinos!-meets-American Football sweet-spot. When paired with debut track ‘A Petty Song’, it’s a more than promising jumpstart on what should be a long-haul journey.

Jens Kuross - Nobody’s Problem

Jens Kuross gets uncomfortably close. If he perched next to you on a bench, he’d shuffle up to get a closer look. And although that makes him sound like a gigantic perv, which he’s clearly not, it makes the following point clearer: Just when his recordings begin to sound too intimate, he goes further. Whispered vocals try and coil inside of ears, while in ‘Nobody’s Problem’, bedroom-hushed pianos feel brutally on-the-nose.

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