Three months into 2015, and we’ve already been treated to some absolutely wonderful albums. Whether it was Kendrick Lamar’s exceptional To Pimp A Butterfly, Bjork’s magnificent Vulnicura, or newcomer James Bay’s stunning debut Chaos and the Calm, it’s safe to say we’ve had lots of great music to celebrate and tuck into. As we head into April, I thought I’d handpick five of my most anticipated albums for you to check out.
Number Five: East India Youth – Culture of Volume. Having recently signed to London label XL Recordings, East India Youth brings more of his eclectic spin of electronic indie pop with Culture of Volume. Out April 6th, the follow-up to last year’s Total Strife Forever boasts a more upbeat and energetic atmosphere rather than the mellow aesthetic of his debut.
Number Four: Passion Pit – Kindred. Passion Pit are set to release their third LP Kindred via Columbia Records come April 21st, and if lead singles “Lifted Up (1985)” and “Where the Sky Hangs” are anything to go by, it’s set to be another stunner. The band continue to their slew of infectious hooks and melodies with their signature synth-pop-laced sounds.
Number Three: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too. Just six months after surprising everyone with their Mercury Prize win with the spirited Dead, Scottish hip hop trio Young Fathers announced the release of White Men Are Black Men Too, for an April 6th release. If their first album’s anything to go by, expect some very thoughtful and clever songwriting hidden behind some experimental and industrialised hip hop beats.
Number Two: Denai Moore – Elsewhere. Newcomer Denai Moore has been making quite a name for herself ever since her gorgeous voice shone through SBTRKT’s “The Light.” Since then, she’s been hard at work on her debut album,Elsewhere, which is set to drop April 6th via Because Music. Produced by XL’s Rodaidh McDonald (who’s worked with the likes of Adele and The xx), the record features “Blame” and “I Swore” which perfectly see the youngster dazzle with her effortless and rich voice.
Number One: Toro y Moi – What For? My most anticipated album for April, without a question, is Toro y Moi’s fourth studio full length What For? out April 7th via Carpark Records. Real name Chaz Bundick, Toro y Moi is known for his experimental approach to both production and vocals and so it comes as no surprise that at the core, all his albums have an electronic undertone, neither sound like other. Taking that into consideration, and with lead single “Empty Nesters,” it looks like with What For? Toro y Moi is leaning towards a 90’s indie rock aesthetic.
FDRMX Eyes: Les Sins is another experimental project formed by Toro y Moi. Check out the artist’s music video for “Bother.”