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4 Albums to Look Forward to in April

A look forward to releases by Wye Oak, Kimbra, and more.

Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (April 6)

The emotional indie rock of Wye Oak sounds very enticing on the singles released for The Louder I Call. Jenn Wasner’s voice has a poppy appeal not Leslie Feist, which makes Wye Oak’s sounds easily digestible in spite of the intricate composition of a song like “It Was Not Natural”. The production is seamless and only adds to the general appeal. My worry is that this album will be relatively forgettable past the 2018 festival season. If the three released songs are the best of the bunch, that is not a great sign. We’ll have to wait and see if this will just be a solid record, or one that will find a place in our hearts.

Laura Veirs – The Lookout (April 13)

I’m loving the sound of Laura Veirs’ newest singles “Everybody Needs You” and “Lightning Rod”. There is a subtle hint of Radiohead (In Rainbows era) and Julia Holter intermingled with a warm and dreamy folk sound. Add to that a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens and I am sold. This is how you market an album ahead of release! Perfect for endless road trips or starry nights, I am convinced this album will be connected to some precious memories made this year.

DRINKS – Hippo Lite (April 20)

The second collaborative album for Cate le Bon and Tim Presley (White Fence) promises to be just as interesting as their other ventures. Single “Real Outside” gives more Cate le Bon vibes, but based on their first release Hermits On Holiday I am sure we will hear some of Presleys psychedelic garage sound shimmer through as well. The fact that these two unique and talented artists are working together is a reason for excitement in itself. But if that is not enough, do read the below description of the new album, straight from DRINKS’ bandcamp:

A month spent in an old mill, river swimming, scorpion fear. No wifi. Night sounds, used frogs. Broken music, a crumble, a mysterious place. An album made for each other by one another with no piercing the bubble, the opposite of a typical recording experience. Tim and Cate serve Drinks again!

Kimbra – Primal Heart (April 20)

I know what you must be thinking: “Kimbra, I know that name,” and I am sure you do. After her feature on Gotye’s mega hit “Somebody That I Used To Know” the world had her name in the back of their heads forever. She was never quite able to climb up to the front, but the release of Primal Heart this spring might finally change that. It sounds like Kimbra has been paying attention to Lorde, Sigrid, etc. Let’s hope the album keeps the simple pop tracks like “Like They Do On The TV” to a minimum, and instead have it focus on a song like “Top Of The World”. Rather than recycling familiar power pop sounds, this song incorporates something that can almost be called rap, and it works! It looks like Kimbra might have found her niche with this one.

Honourable Mentions:

Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy (April 6)
Daniel Avery – Song For Alpha (April 6)
Dr. Octagon – Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (April 6)
Hinds – I Don’t Run (April 6)
Kali Uchis – Isolation (April 6)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sex & Food (April 6)
King Tuff – The Other (April 13)
Post Animal – When I Think Of You In A Castle (April 20)
Grouper – Grid Of Points (April 27)
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer (April 27)

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