New music guide The Neu Bulletin (Whitney, EAT, Fake Laugh & 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.
Whitney - No Woman
Back in June, Whitney introduced themselves as specialists in classic songwriting with a soulful twist. Former Smith Westerns members Max Kakacek and Julian Ehrlich emailed DIY about the project last summer, debut track ‘No Matter Where You Go’ coming off like UMO basking in sunshine after months of hibernation.
New song ’No Woman’ is in a different league. Newly signed to Secretly Canadian, Whitney already possess a timelessness you can’t teach. Ehrlich adopts a drum/vocals role, and instead of delivering thudded force through two different means, he uses both tools to create a soft sweetness. In a weird day, ‘No Woman’ sounds like a near namesake, Rhye’s ‘Woman’. Both songs are bright-thinking, new takes on a traditional soulful sound. It’s the kind of track that could get buried below the surface for decades, before floating upstream and being cherished by future generations.
Fake Laugh - Mind Tricks
Kamran Khan’s been a fixture in the world of instant fix guitar pop for the past two years. In-between touring with Oscar as part of his full band, he’s been wheeling out sweet numbers like ‘Mind Tricks’ for fun. Consider this in the same sphere to The Magic Gang’s doting but deadly invention, with nods to Stateside giants like Mac DeMarco. Khan always links everything with a ‘50s-nodding charm, like Buddy Holly raised in a broken digital age. He’s a star - half the world just doesn’t know it yet.
The Hour - No One’s Going to Heaven
The Hour are one of several buzz bands to link their debut track with a phone number. Call them up on 07508425274 and presumably they’ll tell you all about their previous musical incarnations, and maybe why they smash up a Polo in their first video. If you’re more the reclusive type, ditch the hotline business and get immersed in ‘No One’s Going to Heaven’, a razor-sharp intro doused in thick bass and future-R&B intention.
EAT - Byker Drone
There’s been a longing for bands like EAT. A group who can scrape out the bullshit and cut to the chase, go straight for the jugular without worrying about gimmicky build-up. On ‘Byker Drone’, the group’s debut album is an effortless guide in how to make the skywards sound like childsplay. Menace Beach if they were a little less… menacing, INHEAVEN if someone nicked their pedals - this is high-adrenaline and instantly loveable.
Witching Waves - Twister
Sharp-witted and delivered with a blunt-edged fuzz, Witching Waves’ latest wraps their sucker punch noise-pop in a frayed rope, fit to snap from the tension - tied up as tight as its name suggests, ‘Twister’’s stabbing guitars poke right through the haze of their contemporaries.
Klangstof - Hostage
“I ran for shelter, but I got hit,” croons Koen, the creative mind Klangstof on his debut single. That sense of vulnerability defines ‘Hostage’, as he pairs sparse guitars to a colder, electronic backbone - juxtaposition runs throughout, and it’s a gripping balance to behold.
Emily Wells - Don’t Use Me Up
Stirring and shivering, the instrumentation behind Emily Wells’ haunted vocal holds an otherworldly beauty. Religious imagery might abound in Wells’ lyrics, but there’s an overarching fragility to both ‘Don’t Use Me Up’ and her stunning upcoming album’ Promise’ that easily leaps any boundaries.
Sego - Obscene Dream
LCD and Formation might’ve dragged that dance-punk flavour (and its cowbell garnish) back onto the scene’s collective palette, but with ‘Obscene Dream’, Sego look set to drive it into new territory. Storming ahead with buzzsaw synths, it’s a floor filler in waiting from the off - when they pull it all back for a choppy guitar interlude or two, it’s instantly irresistible.
Whitney share fan favourite single ‘For A While’
It was a staple in the band’s live sets around 2016 debut ‘Light Upon The Lake’.
Whitney - SPARK
A jarring change: not one from that familiar warmth to icy cold, but only halfway, a sort of uncomfortable mild chill.
What do you mean, you’ve never heard… Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou?
Whitney guitarist Max Kakacek waxes lyrical on the Ethiopian artist.
Whitney cover David Byrne and Brian Eno’s ‘Strange Overtones’
It's the latest from their upcoming covers album 'Candid'.