Another month, another glut of exciting new album releases to froth at the mouth over. April is here, and with it a brilliant array of potentially brilliant records. Here's 18 we're particularly hyped to hear, starting with Field Music's David Brewis, aka School of Language. Out April 7, 'Old Fears' promises to build on the off-piste thrills of 2008 debut 'Sea From Shore'.
Following overlooked 2011 solo debut 'Past Life Martyred Saints' (an overlooked gem), EMA is also back this month, with new album 'The Future's Void' also released on April 7. It's likely to be a dystopian no-wave trip, if scaremongering song titles like 'Cthulu', 'Neuromancer' and 'Dead Celebrity' are anything to go on.
'So It Goes' is the debut album from NY noise-rap specialists Rat King, released on April 7. Featuring a transatlantic guest spot from King Krule on the excellent 'So Sick Stories', their dirty, hardcore hip-hop grind could go global with this record.
Here's all you need to know about Protomartyr: they're from ashen, decaying Detroit and make music to match it; their frontman looks like an investment banker who's lost it all and gone feral; and most importantly, their debut 'Under Color of Official Right', out April 7, could just be one of the year's most thrilling breakthrough albums. Expect post-punk at its most punishing.
SOHN's debut album is either going to see him become the next James Blake or this year's Jamie Woon. In other words, it'll either launch him into the stratosphere as an icy electro brooder whose songwriting casts an enigmatic spell, or his recent buzz will fade and he'll slope into the shadows as a producer for other artists. We'll find out after April 7, when 'Tremors' is released.
A "jazz power trio" from the twisted mind of Animal Collective founder Avey Tare, Slasher Flicks' debut album 'Enter The Slasher House' promises Misfits and Cramps style garage dirge with an art school twist.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek goes it alone under the alias Ramona Lisa on new solo record 'Arcadia', which early reports suggest is just as dreamlike as its eerie castle-set cover.
London pair Playlounge release their debut 'Pilot' this month, an scuzzy pop-punk adrenaline rush of an album, with vocals lost in haze. Look alive, fans of Joanna Gruesome, No Age et al.
Toronto's Odonis Odonis: the industrial punk combo so skin-blisteringly brilliant they named them twice. Can new album 'Hard Boiled Soft Boiled' exceed the shoegazy thrills of 2011 debut 'Hollandaze'? We'll soon find out.
Misery-soaked indie rock veterans Eels are back again with new album 'The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett'. We were hoping eccentric frontman E might have titled it 'Eezus', but you can't have it all, can you?
Canadian down-'n'-outer Mac DeMarco is one of the most gifted modern songwriters going. Expect new album 'Salad Days' to reinforce that reputation.
California's Thee OhSees' new album 'Drop' will, err, drop on April 19. Expect musical colours every bit as vibrant and psychedelic as the record's cartoon sleeve.
Kelis releases her new album 'Food' on April 21, some nine months after fans' first taste of the album (the groove-led, horn-adorned 'Jerk Ribs'). Featuring production from TV On The Radio man Dave Sitek, this is set to be a retro-soul epic.
Brighton dream-poppers Fear Of Men will drop their debut proper on April 21. Expect warm choruses, pretty melodies and harmonies. Just lovely.
We've already heard four hot jams from 'The New Classic', the long-awaited follow-up to Iggy Azalea's debut album 'Glory'. "It's going to be similar to TrapGold and that will be very electronic and high-energy but I'm gonna talk more about my story and where I'm from and things about myself," said the Australian rapper.
Another first solo album from an artist who's been around for over a couple of decades. Damon Albarn's 'Everyday Robots' is an introspective, personal listen with a couple of high-spirited moments. It's beautifully crafted, with production Richard 'XL' Russell and it's been a constant on the NME stereo for a while.
'Diploid Love' is Brody Dalle's first solo album under her own name. It's got guest spots from Shirley Manson, The Strokes' Nick Valensi, Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age and Emily Kokal of Warpaint. The already-released 'Meet The Foetus/ Oh The Joy' suggests it's going to be one of the best releases of the month. Out April 28.
Finally - gnarly, gritty and distorted, once you've heard The Amazing Snakeheads' sound, it'll never leave you. It gets under your skin like a tattoo needle that means business. 'Amphetamine Ballads', the debut album from the Glasgow three-piece, will be released on April 14 2014. Hold onto your hats.