Month In Music – Best Thing You Heard In April?

“April is the cruelest month,” wrote TS Eliot in The Waste Land. If only he’d heard some of the choicest cuts we’ve been treated to in the last 30 days, he might have revised his opinion. Here’s a list of our favourite moments – and make sure you let us know yours, too.

Jack’s glorious comeback
Oh we’ve missed thee, Jack. ‘Blunderbuss’ finally arrived on April 24 and garnered an 8/10 rating , making us go all weak-at-the-knees and doe-eyed.


Alabama Shakes became chart heroes
The year’s unlikeliest chart-botherers? The Alex Turner-endorsed troupe gatecrashed the Top 10 as their first LP, ‘Boys & Girls’, entered the UK charts at Number Three.


Graham Coxon proved he didn’t need Blur
Our Graham’s doing just fine without Damon and co, as his new LP ‘A+E’ nabbed a 9/10 review. Other big releases, meanwhile, included Mystery Jets, Cancer Bats, Actress and Flats – for some of the finest album tracks from April, check out our Best Of April Spotify playlist below.


Florence Welch released a new track
It’s been a busy month for Flo Welch – in addition to releasing her MTV Unplugged live album on April 9, she also premiered new track ‘Breath Of Life’ taken from the soundtrack to forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster Snow White And The Huntsman.


The return of MIA

Are we finally getting a glimpse of her new material? MIA debuted a two-minute teaser for new track ‘Come Walk With Me’, and also unveiled the theme tune she penned for Wikileaks boss Julian Assange’s new telly show The World Tomorrow. Madonna must have finally let her off the naughty step, we assume.


Frank Carter’s Pure Love made their live debut

A suited and booted Frank Carter revealed what he’d been doing post-Gallows: finding a trusty tailor, and polishing some stadium-rock riffs for new ‘Bury My Bones’. Love it or hate it, it whets our appetites for that debut album just a little bit more.

Palma Violets come out of the shadows
We don’t know much about these south London newcomers – apart from the fact they just got signed to Rough Trade after one of the fiercest bidding wars of recent times – but we know we like this song a whole damn lot.