Spring is here at last! The semester is wrapping up, the weather is perfect, and bands are all dropping their projects before they begin their grind on the summer festival circuit. There are dozens of records coming out this month alone, but to make things easier, I’ve compiled a list of the most anticipated records coming out in April.
Alright, I know why you’re reading this article, so I’m just gonna go ahead and get it out of the way. Kendrick Lamar, also known as K-Dot, has released two singles, “The Heart Part IV” and “HUMBLE”, and has hinted that he’s dropping his fourth studio album on April 7. Following up his instant-classic “To Pimp A Butterfly” and its demos “untitled unmastered.” will be no simple feat for the Compton rapper. The two singles suggest he may be moving away from his jazz influenced sound, but until the album releases, this is all just speculation.
Here are some things to look out for on April 7:
Josh Tillman will be releasing his third studio album under the stage name Father John Misty. Titled “Pure Comedy,” the album will touch on themes of modernity, technology and the current political landscape. Four singles have already been released, “Pure Comedy,” “Total Entertainment Forever,” “Ballad of the Dying Man” and “Two Wildly Different Perspectives.”
Diet Cig will release their first LP, “I Swear I’m Good At This.” The indie-rock duo has seen an increase of buzz over the last year, and the album has already streamed through NPR Music.
Future Islands will release their newest album, “The Far Field” through 4AD. With production by super-producer John Congleton, the follow-up to “Singles” will definitely be worth the listen.
Legendary indie-rock group, Guided by Voices will release their first double album, “August By Cake”. Twenty-four years into their career, this will also mark lead singer Robert Pollard’s hundredth album.
Joey Bada$$ will release his second studio album, “ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$.” Features will include J. Cole, Schoolboy Q and Chronixx. Two singles “Land of the Free” and “Devastated” have already been released and have drawn up quite a bit of hype. Maybe Mr. Lamar is in for a bit of competition?
Animal Collective will release a new EP, “Meeting of the Waters,” on April 22nd for Record Store Day. The EP consists of live recordings from Brazil. Be sure to check it out before they headline Moogfest.
After years of anticipation and speculation, Gorillaz will finally release “Humanz” on April 28. It’s been seven years since the virtual band released “Plastic Beach” and “The Fall,” during which Damon Albarn reunited with his old band, Blur, released a solo record “Everyday Robots”, and scored the opera “Dr. Dee” and the musical “Wonder.land.” “Humanz” will include features by Vince Staples, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M, Pusha T, De La Soul, Popcaan and many more.
Sufjan Stevens will release “Carrie & Lowell Live” on April 28. Capturing a performance at North Charleston Performing Arts Center during the tour behind 2015’s gorgeous “Carrie & Lowell” the live album will be released on Steven’s label Asthmatic Kitty with a video of the concert. Also, it’s worth noting that a cover of “Hotline Bling” is on the tracklist.
North Carolina indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso will release their second album “What Now” on April 28 through Loma Vista Recordings. The album features dancier, yet more analog production, and the vocals are more powerful than their self-titled album. Having promoted the record with three singles “Radio,” “Kick Jump Twist” and “Die Young”, their own festival organized at Shakori Hills, and a Jimmy Fallon appearance, this could be the biggest record to ever come out of the Triangle.