Round-up This Week In New Music (28th March 2015)

DIY’s new music discoveries, featuring Fruit Bomb, The Japanese House and Okay Kaya.

DIY and Neu’s new music round-ups arrive in two forms - first there’s all our Have You Heard’s from the past week, where the biggest tracks get another seal of approval. Then there’s This Week in New Music, where Neu takes a look at the early days excitement; debut tracks that turned heads; brand new discoveries; premieres that landed first on DIY. All that stuff.

Beginning the week by scrubbing off taco stains and catching up on sleep, we delivered our SXSW discoveries. Sheer Mag led this year’s findings (a running pattern from post-SXSW reports, it would seem), a breath of fresh air in an anything-but-stale crowd. Following post-fest heartbreak, new songs from Tei Shi and Captured Tracks signings EZTV helped ease the pain. Elsewhere, Bully announced their debut album, QT delivered *that* video for ‘Hey QT’ and Matador punks Algiers added more fuel to their curious rock hybrid with ‘Irony, Utility, Pretext’.

Here’s the best of what happened this week in new music:

THIS WEEK IN DIY PREMIERES:

Fruit Bomb, Sea Moya, YAST

The hair’s still ruffled, shoelaces remain untied, and hearts are firmly locked for Fruit Bomb’s ‘Normcore Girlfriend’, a track appearing on Art Is Hard’s new ‘Family Portrait’ release (aka the go-to guide to great new DIY bands). Stemming off from Nai Harvest as a side-project, their all-encompassing blast of fuzz helped set this week’s agenda.

Things didn’t get any less escapism-first with Sweden’s YAST, who brought romance into their daydreaming pop with a taste of LP2. ‘When You’re Around’ is in danger of making lazy day intentions a source of actual sentiment. Sea Moya are a mostly instrumental “beat group” from Germany, and while on paper that sounds genuinely terrifying, their debut track ‘Do Things’ takes note from The Avalanches and Battles - it’s ace.

TRACK OF THE WEEK:

The Japanese House - Pools to Bathe In

Nobody’s any the wiser about The Japanese House - two songs in, we’re still clueless about how she ended up being Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record, post-signing a deal with Dirty Hit, and how this has all been achieved at the age of nineteen. That’s half the mystery. The other half revolves around the strange quality to a song like ‘Pools to Bathe In’, which flirts with standard fare acoustics before turning the rulebook inside out. Ether effects rule the roost, with barely-there vocals sinking given a moment’s notice. Part glitchy electronica, part fleeting lullaby, reality doesn’t sit well with The Japanese House. All this mystery only adds to the overall package.

DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK:

Okay Kaya

If this Twin Peaks remake actually happens, its soundtrack would do well to take notes from Okay Kaya. Signed to XL imprint Hot Charity, this New York prodigy’s ‘Damn, Gravity’ single sends dancehall pop into hyperspace. There’s a slick, dusky open road guitar line at work, while Kaya’s vocals operate in their own space. Surrealism’s at work with Okay Kaya, and nothing’s quite as it seems.

Tags: Sea Moya, Features, Neu

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