New music round-up This Week In New Music (7th February 2015)

DIY and Neu round-up the best premieres, tracks and new discoveries of the past seven days - featuring LA Priest, Formation and Cloud Castle Lake.

This week, a swarm of fire-breathing mouths invaded poor unsuspecting screens thanks to Clarence Clarity’s new video, a dance craze was created via Diet Cig’s ultra-infectious ‘Scene Sick’ clip and two blog-hyped artists combined very different worlds through Shy Girls and Tei Shi’s collaboration. It’s been an unpredictable few days, the strangest occurrence being Hannah Diamond officially introducing herself to the world. A straight-up, honest as can be introductory video (‘Meet Hannah Diamond’) saw one of 2014’s most unsuspecting, purposefully enigmatic faces stepping out. Maybe 2015’s the year that anything PC Music-affiliated grasps an identity of its own - Diamond’s first ever spoken word vid certainly suggested as much.

Outside of surprises, we excitedly announced Hooton Tennis Club’s addition to this year’s Roundhouse Rising bill (which has since sold out), and Say Lou Lou finally shared a lead from their debut LP - ‘Nothing But a Heartbeat’ promises big things.

Below, we round up the best things from brand new acts to have taken place over the last seven days. From DIY premieres to brand new discoveries, if you’ve been sleeping this past week and avoiding that new music fix, see below.

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


Cloud Castle Lake, Yung, Ara Koufax, GRADES x Leo Kalyan

Sometimes Cloud Castle Lake’s Daniel McAuley sounds like Thom Yorke trapped in a hotbox. Other times he’ll sound like an alien setting foot on planet earth for the first time, his only communication being a strange, piercing, shrill voice. Elsewhere, he sounds like Jonsi from Sigur Ros’ long-lost sibling. Either way, on the Dublin trio’s new ‘Glacier’ single, they step out as a united talent, one led by McAuley’s otherworldly stance but one brought to life by a whole lot more. It most definitely ticks the Radiohead ‘Amnesiac’/‘The King of Limbs’ box, too. Elsewhere this week, we debuted a straight-down-the-line source of escape from Danish thrillseekers Yung, whose Tough Love debut 12” is looking like being one of the year’s essential releases. There was also Cut Copy-approved production duo Ara Koufax, raising their game with ‘Market’, a take from their debut EP. GRADES and Leo Kalyan finished the week with an eerie remix of Twin Shadow.


Formation - Back Then

Some bands dodge nostalgia like it’s the plague, driven out by ‘Retromania’ and anything that might make snobs groan. Formation embrace it. Their first release was an artwork-less white label, released in a handful of record shops and harking back to a disco 12” heyday. With ‘Back Then’, they glorify the past even more, coupling cowbell and LCD-style songwriting with a firmer grip on reality. There’s nothing stopping Formation from filtering this retro obsession into something future-leaning either, which is arguably what makes the duo so exciting. They’re penning straight-up pop triumphs that’d float in any decade - now it’s up to them to pave the way forward.


LA Priest

As a former member of the now disbanded Late of the Pier, Sam Dust’s LA Priest project is less a “discovery” of the week, more a “HOLY FUCKING SMOKES THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING” of the week. The realisation sinks in about five plays into ‘Oino’, a standalone track that more-than recalls the craziness and cacophony of LOTP’s fleeting headrush, switching things up a gear and applying old methods to 2015. This is the real deal, an extension of a beloved band that sadly missed out on accolades and number one records. The big thing about ‘Oino’ is just how prepared it is to take on the charts.

Tags: Cloud Castle Lake, Listen, Features, Neu

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