The 10 Albums You Need to Hear This April

From Kendrick Lamar to experimental pitchshifter compositions and the return of an ambient techno pioneer: some April listening for your aural delectation.

For some reason, this April seems loaded with shitty artists. If you’re after albums by New Found Glory, The Chainsmokers, and (shudder) that Father John Misty guy, then you’ll be happy to hear that they’re coming your way — but you won’t find them on this list, I assure you.

Arca — Arca (April 7)

We’ve written a lot about Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca, on Flavorwire over the last year or so, for the simple reason that he’s one of the most exciting and fascinating talents in music today. His previous albums — 2014’s Xen and 2015’s Mutant — have been wonderful and strange, exploring alternate personas and identities. In view of this, the title of this record — simply “Arca” — suggests a more personal work, as does Ghersi’s accompanying statement: “Here’s my voice and all my guts: feel free to judge it.”