April is crunch time for students – dissertations, deadlines and days in the library while the sun shines, or at least attempts to shine. We feel your pain.
However, this April has been another exceptionally good month for new music. The big news for indie fans this month, of course, has been the imminent return of Arctic Monkeys, who announced that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, their sixth studio album, will be out on May 11th. And about damn time too, we say, coming very nearly half a decade after the triumphant AM. No promotional singles will be released, meaning we’re totally in the dark as to the album’s sound except for that weird 30-second spacey clip on Twitter, but we at The Student Playlist are cautiously predicting a grower – an album that’ll split the fanbase like Humbug did in 2009 when the Arctics began heading in a new direction.
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There’s also been new albums announced from Father John Misty, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Lykke Li and Deafheaven among others, and even a first album in six years from Melody’s Echo Chamber – extremely heartening, following the serious injuries she suffered in a car crash last year. Other new tracks from as-yet-unconfirmed albums come from a prospective fourth LP from Florence + The Machine, Underworld, The Lemon Twigs and Friendly Fires.
As if all that wasn’t enough, 2018’s festival season is beginning to kick off over the coming month of May. There’s still tickets left for the annual Live At Leeds festival, being held on Saturday 5th May at nearly two-dozen venues around Leeds – you can check out our preview of the big day here!
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Oh, and there’s the Eurovision Song Contest on 12th May, if that’s your jam…
Anyway – here’s our monthly playlist round-up, showcasing all the best new music to be released in April 2018!
Tags: April 2018, Ed Biggs, New Music, playlist
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