april slowed to a comfortable pace. after the whirlwind of a month that was march, there seemed to be a collective need to pause and regroup for the early summer of 2015, which promises stimulation on par with the rest of this year. still, april churned out a handful of impressive albums and new singles, along with plenty of new announcements to tide over its slower periods. read on for our usual breakdown.
april 7th: soft cat – all energy will rise
april 21st: alabama shakes – sound & color
new releases from waxahatchee and toro y moi dominated the opening week of april, but we were more enamored with soft cat; the baltimore-based folk outfit turned in an impressive, sprawling album that fleshed out their prodigious skill as a chamber ensemble while simultaneously allowing frontman neil sanzgiri to explore very personal and traumatic lyrical themes. the middle of the month was dominated by coachella and record store day, but understated bedroom-popper alexei shishkin put out the dog tape via forged artifacts, a collection of songs featuring cuts that appeared here on dimestore saints earlier in the year. speedy ortiz and alabama shakes offered up two of the most important rock albums of the year on the same day; we’re still digesting foil deer, but the shakes’ sound & color seems to be the band’s most telling work of their short career and an album that could serve as a template for something truly spectacular down the road. a more quiet release came from japanese composer radicalfashion; his new album garcon is a collection of quaint, erik satie-inspired solo piano pieces.
summer camp kicked things off in the singles department this month with the title cut from their upcoming full-length bad love. we were also treated to new cuts from made in heights and gosh pith, with the latter of the two projects withholding any substantial body of work in favor of a highly-anticipated string of standalone songs. mick jenkins and scallops hotel rounded things out in the rap department; jenkins offered up a track from his forthcoming ep wave[s] while rory ferreira is taking a break from milo to focus on plain speaking, his new scallops hotel album. “lavender chunk” is its lead single, and features the rap alter ego of future islands’ samuel herring, hemlock ernst.
a side note: we’re aware that april does not only have twenty-seven days. dimestore saints is taking a week-long personal vacation and as such, no new content will run until wednesday, may 6th. we’ll keep tabs on all that develops while we’re off the air and pass along any pertinent information when we get back, most likely starting with a review of the new scallops hotel album. as always, check back at the end of may for a streamlined presentation of the month’s proceedings.