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The first months of 2016 has been quite amazing when it comes to new music releases, and also this month I have found some I really, really like. Quite a lot of great releases this month, actually.
Here is a summary of the huge number of releases I loved the most in APRIL.
Like last month, I have dropped the single releases here, but they can be found in the Spotify playlist. From the singles, I especially liked the new singles from Boys, Fear of Men, Peaness, Girl Ray, Mutual Benefit, My Favorite, Juniore, Martha, Hideous Towns, Die Heiterkeit, Amber Arcades, Farväl till Ungdomen and The Zephyr Bones. All of these are amazing, and I am sure at least a couple will stay with me through the year.
The list is in no particular order. I love them all, but the ones that have meant most to me are marked with a red ||.
A Spotify playlist with songs from this list can be found below.
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ALBUMS I LOVED THIS MONTH
Black Market Karma – Plastic hippie || Majestic, big-sounding, colourful psychedelic pop, with chiming guitars and some real gems inside. You have to like long songs (few are under 5 minutes) and long albums (14 songs/1 hr, 18 mins), but give it a chance, and I am sure you won’t regret it. (Spotify)
Dylan Mondegreen – Every Little Step || Norway’s Dylan Mondegreen’s new album is full of beautiful pop songs, with lovely, heartfelt lyrics. (Spotify)
Autolux – Pussy’s dead || This is one of my absolute favourite albums this month. Dark, semi-electronic pop styled somewhere between Portishead, Massive Attack, Clinic Blonde Redhead and My Bloody Valentine. If you can’t imagine that, have a listen? (Spotify)
Benedict Benjamin – Night songs || Singer-songwriter/folky songs with a lovely, soft voice on top. Strong songwriting. Definitely songs for the night. (Spotify)
Frankie Cosmos – Next thing || I have been listening to Frankie Cosmos for a long time now, and finally, her album is out. This one is a selections of songs where I feel equally close to the lyrics as I do to the music. Lofi indiepop. You will like it. (Spotify)
Go Cozy – Glaziao || Beautiful, dreamy album, not too far from Lush, Slowdive and other old 4AD heroes. Very nice mix of male and female vocals from Homero and Maria, and both are really good singers. The songs are outstanding. This one will get a lot of listens from me. Love it! (Spotify)
Keeps – Brief spirit || Originally released in March, I think, but I didn’t catch it until recently. Great guitar based indie/indiepop. (Spotify)
Tacocat – Lost time || Brilliant, fun album, – edgy punk attitude, “easy to listen to” indiepop-songs. One of my favourites. (Spotify)
We Are The Willows – Picture (Portrait) pt 1 & 2 || A great album both in size and quality. 20 songs, 1 hour and 3 minutes long. The songs are so good that you won’t think it is too long. Sometimes very, very beautiful. (Spotify)
Ashley Shadow – Ashley Shadow || This one is so good. Her voice, lyrics and songs go straight to my heart. (Spotify)
Black Twig – Blaze on a plain || Dreamy, shoegazy guitarpop from Finland. Love the vocals and the melodies are really good. (Spotify)
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day || This took a lot of time to “get”, and I am still not entirely sure that I like it. Her spiky, experimental popsongs keeps me interested, and makes me want to listen more, so I guess that is a sign of quality. (Spotify)
Free cake for every creature – Talking quietly about anything with you || This lofi bedroom pop album, full of tape hiss, sometimes reminds me of The Softies. It has the same simplistic instrumentation and style, and the lyrics are almost like a diary. It is a beautiful album. (Spotify)
Hovvdy – Taster || Beautiful, atmospheric lo-fi and mostly quiet, thoughful songs, with some fuzzy, jangly parts inbetween. If you like the music of Red House Painters, the quieter songs of Sebadoh and Ewan Dando, you will like this. Great songs all through the album. (Spotify)
Laura Gibson – Empire builder || Gibson has been a folky favourite of mine for a long time. Great melodies and a beautiful voice. If you like Feist or Laura Veirs, you will probably enjoy this. (Spotify)
Lomelda – 4E || A new discovery for me, and such a great one! Lomelda has a unique voice, a beautiful one, and her songs are both poetic and a very pleasant listen. Lofi, fragile bedroomish folk, with her guitar and vocals in front. Great lyrics as well. Love it! (Spotify)
Lost Tapes – Let’s get lost || This Spanish band has been one of my favourites for a long time. They have refined their sound on this album, and sound really good. “Girls” is a contender to the best songs so far this year, in my opinion. Upbeat indiepop. (Spotify)
Marc Elston – The colour they bring || Marc Elston has been making music for a very long time, and this album is a selection of EP and Compilation tracks he has done. This is classic indiepop, and a wonderful album to listen to. I am amazed about the good consistency and flow of the album, which is rare on a compilation like this. Brilliant stuff! (Buy on Bandcamp)
Programm – A torrid marriage of logic and emotion || Another very fine surprise-find this month. This is a very strong album that sometimes reminds me of great favourites like Pale Saints and Lush, but at the same time they have their very own sound. The rough beauty of this even makes me teary eyed at times. Definitely one of my absolute favourites this month. (Spotify)
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop – Love letter for fire || Oh my God, how stunningly beautiful this album is! Two of my favourite songwriters join together, Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Jesca Hoop makes great songs, wonderful harmonies and brilliant, interesting lyrics. Style? Folkish, kind of. (Spotify)
SULK – No illusions || Back to the 90s both in sound and cover art. This sounds like pre-Britpop, Madchester-styled indiepop, – add some The Mighty Lemondrops, Darling Buds, House of Love and That Petrol Emotion, and you will either like or hate this depending on your relation to those bands and genres. I like it. (Spotify)
We show up on radar – WSUOR || I absolutely LOVE this album. The songs are amazing, and the quirky lyrics are very interesting to listen to. (Spotify)
Wire – Nocturnal Koreans || I am amazed that a band that have a so long history, still are able to sound fresh and interesting. This is good! (Spotify)
Hurry – Guided Meditation || Hurry has made a great album on Lame-O records, with the kind of melodies that creeps into your ears and stay there, – and it feels so good having them there. Guitar-based indie/indiepop. (Spotify)
Beach Skulls – Slow grind || PNKSLM Recordings has become one of my favourite labels, and everything they release is very good. This one too. Garagy, twangy indie surfpop? Something like that. (Spotify)
The Blessed Isles – Straining hard against the strength of the night || This came out late this month, so I haven’t been able to listen to it as much as I would like, but it became an instant favourite after my first listen. Dreamy and very catchy indiepop. (Spotify)
Emily Jane White – They moved in shadows all together || White’s music is otherworldly, almost too beautiful, but still they never cross that line. There are definitely edges here. Her lyrics and musical themes are often dark and melancholic. Perfect for evening listening. Folkish. (Spotify)
Pity Sex – White hot moon || Rough indie, that is softened by the beautiful male/female vocals and the good melodies. (Spotify)
EPs I LOVED THIS MONTH
Eskimeaux – Year of the rabbit || Eskimeux is in the same style as Frankie Cosmos, but I thinks she’s even better. Her releases are always good, and also here, the lyrics are like a good short-story. Very good! (Spotify)
David Thomas Broughton – Crippling lack vol 1 || Some like his Antony-styled vocals, others hate it, and again, I love it. His music is not always an easy listen, but if you give it a chance, you will be rewarded. (Spotify)
Lightning in a twilight hour – And all the ships at sea || Field Mice/Trembling Blue Stars related. I am not a big fan, but this is quite good. (Spotify)
Sleeping Jesus – Perennial || 4 very good songs with an almost crooning vocalist. A pleasant listen. Indie/indiepop. (Spotify)
Grave School – Grave School || A 5 song EP from the San Fernando Valley, CA-band Grave School, a band I fell in love with early this year. The songs have a rich sound, fronted by lovely vocals and rough guitars. These songs are so good that they deserve to be heard by a lot more people. (Spotify)
Hunter as a horse – The two magics vol 1 || I am so glad it says “vol 1” in the title, because that means there may be another one. Synthy sound, sometimes – like on “The Passenger” – they sound a bit like Broadcast (Spotify)
Hvitmalt gjerde – Saiko EP || Norwegian band from the Bergen area, with a sharp, garagy, 60’s sounding sound. I would love to be at a concert with these guys. I think it would be a really fun experience. The EP should be enjoyable even if you don’t know the Norwegian language. I love it. (Spotify)
Lush – Blindspot || This one is mostly here because it is so nice to have them back again, and that they show some good signs of their greatness here. I don’t think this EP is THAT good, but it’s good enough to be optimistic of a new future for the band. (Spotify)
Panda Panda – Millions EP || Another wonderful band on the Norwegian label Riot Factory. Panda Panda makes dreamy, shoegazy pop their own way, with syncoped rhythms and fun arrangements. The style is not too far from their label-mates Dråpe and Gold Celeste, but still very unique. Looking forward to an album release from them. (Spotify)
Pinkshinyultrablast – Happy songs for happy zombies || This band seems to be super productive! It’s not too long since their last release, and now they already have an EP ready. Lots of noise, lots of reverb, and beautiful melodies hidden behind. (Spotify)
Listen to most of the songs from this list on Spotify: