April Releases You Shouldn’t Miss
With so much fantastic music available, how do you choose what to listen to next? Of course, we have our tried and true favorites, but there’s truly no better month than April to branch out. Whether you know of these artists, or they are new to you, be on the lookout for the release of these albums:
Lady Lamb: Even the Tremor
The third release from Maine-born, Brooklyn-based artist Lady Lamb, Even the Tremor is an exploration through the emotional labyrinth of the human condition. If this sounds like ambitious subject matter to tackle in one album, you’re right. But Lady Lamb has never shied away from an ambitious task, leading with verbosity and emotional honesty. Even the Tremor is no exception.
The album is explored through singer and writer Aly Spaltro’s perspective as a late-twenty-to-early-thirty-something. Rife with subtle wordplay, right-brained narratives, and musical pacing that takes its direction from the lyrics, you’ll find new treasures with each listen. No matter if you’re brooding on a rainy day, jogging on the trail, or stuck in traffic, Even the Tremor is always a good idea.
Anderson .Paak: Ventura
Even before Anderson .Paak started releasing albums of his own, he’d been honing his skills as a music producer, writer, and drummer. The breakout success of his 2016 album Malibu throttled Paak into the spotlight, earning him his first two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. The laid back grooves that made songs like “Am I Wrong” and “Room in Here” easy favorites left fans wanting more music from Paak as soon as possible.
Last year Paak released Oxnard. Garnering less acclaim from fans, Oxnard still received critical praise from various sources like the A.V. Club and Pitchfork. Released a mere 5 months after Oxnard, Paak’s newest album Ventura is a marked return to the soothing, jazz-funk grooves that made Malibu a success. As always, he collaborates with a swath of music industry veterans to showcase other artists and infuse other styles into each song. Collaborations on Ventura include Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway, André 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, and Sonyae Elise.
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You
This is the album we may be the most excited about. After jamming to “Good as Hell” for years, and relistening to Lizzo’s EP Coconut Oil, we really can’t wait for a full-length album from Lizzo. Based on the singles that she’s released so far, we know the wait is going to pay off. “Juice” was a seminal neo-eighties pop jam that we’re carrying from the spring into the summer. Not only will Lizzo’s music get you moving, but it will make you feel good doing it. Much of the subject matter that she explores is anchored in self-love and self-possession, and that’s a message we are always willing to endorse.