My pick of top albums from April was very much dominated by girl-powered guitars and retro dance music.
Take, for instance, the highly rated post-punk outfit Goat Girl. This London all-girl band have seen their star rise sharply in 2018, and it’s no surprise with some finely crafted tunes on their eponymous debut album.
Also catching my ear this month were Blackwater Holylight. This female foursome from Oregon’s blend of drone rock and psychadelia ticked a lot of boxes.
Welsh singer-songwriter Bryde also managed to light up the month with her slightly heavier take on the traditional relationship-based crooning of her contemporaries.
On the electronic side of things, we had some head nodding, hands in the air moments from the like of Makeness, SCB (a.k.a. Scuba) and Daniel Avery – the latter pulling off the trick of bringing back the vibes of Aphex Twin and Plastikman while remaining rooted in the 21st century.
Elsewhere there were a couple of guilty pleasures to be had. Cosmo Sheldrake‘s use of woodwind throughout his album gives it a very whimsical feel – almost like visiting the circus.
Confidence Man‘s effort is something to behold and utterly irresistable. It revels in its high camp pop while laying on some serious 90’s style acid house grooves. Glorious – a top guilty pleasure.
Top of the tree this month was German outfit Die Nerven, whose mix of shoegaze and indie/post-punk kept me enthralled, even though I didn’t have a clue what they were going on about. Not sure they were a very happy bunch though.
Top 10 April 2018
1: Die Nerven – Fake
Standout track: Neue Wellen
2: Confidence Man – Confident Music for Confident People
Standout track: Don’t You Know I’m In a Band
3: Daniel Avery – Song for Alpha
Standout track: Clear
4: Cosmo Sheldrake – The Much Much How How and I
Standout track: Come Along
5: Rival Consoles – Persona
Standout track: Hidden
6: Goat Girl – Goat Girl
Standout track: The Man
7: Makeness – Loud Patterns
Standout track: Gold Star
8: Blackwater Holylight – Blackwater Holylight
Standout track: Willow
9: Bryde – Like and Island
Standout track: To Be Brave
10: SCB – Caibu
Standout track: Five Degrees – Caibu Adjustment