Ah, April. A month of rebirth, renewal, and regeneration. Also the month when we get to shed a few layers and dare to hop back in the bike seat, now that freezing climes and black ice are behind us. And what’re a few April showers as long as you have a wheel mud flap and rain bike seat cover, really?
But to truly set the mood for spring you’re going to need the perfect April playlist, which is why we wanted to share with you what’s in our ears this month.
Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning: Eclectic electronic mastermind Dan Deacon’s latest album is all killer, no filler. We really can’t get enough of this anthemic track, what with its twinkling percussion and vocals that draw you in for a second (and third and fourth) listen. And we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if you ever get the chance to see this man live… bike, don’t run… do it.
Viet Cong – Continental Shelf: Our neighbors to the North, Canada, are the masters of good alt rock. Viet Cong’s latest essay is no exception – jangly guitar, haunting vocals, and a healthy dose of fuzz give way to a catchy chorus that we dare you to get out of your head.
Mitski – Townie: Brooklyn darling Mitski gives us a good taste of structured pop rock with a bit of an edge. This song takes several unexpected turns that keep you on your toes, which is exactly where you should be when listening to this dancey track.
Frankie Cosmos – School: If you aren’t in love with Frankie Cosmos, it’s because you don’t know them yet. Fronted by Greta Kline, this band churns out heartwarming and heart wrenching gems – short but so sweet.
The Decemberists – The Wrong Year: Everybody’s favorite old time-y folksters are back with the new record ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.’ This tune’s a bit on the softer side, and we love the soft, heaving accordion and carefully picked guitar notes. Perfect for a sunny Sunday brunch and bike ride, if we do say so ourselves.
Twin Peaks – Making Breakfast: Here’s something a bit rowdier from Chicago’s top crazy dudes Twin Peaks. This is a bubbly tune with a bit of a classic rock edge. Something to tap your toes to and sing at the top of your lungs.
Modest Mouse – Sugar Boats: We’ve all waited so long for a new Modest Mouse record, and we’ve finally been rewarded. This is one of our favorite tracks from the new LP, what with its jumpy melodies, tinny percussion, and hints of ragtime jazz.
She & Him – Time After Time: Time to slow it down. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s ‘Time After Time’ is the sweetest little love song we can think of, and it’s meant to be accompanied by sweet sunshine and probably some hand-holding.
Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love: The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has broken out on his own, and this first taste of his solo work has certainly whetted our whistle. Pretty catchy with an anthemic chorus that seems to take its cues from Gloria Estefan (and no, that isn’t a bad thing).
Built To Spill – Never Be The Same: Hearing something new from Built To Spill is always a delight. We hope that you’ll take this song with you through spring, into summer, and the rest of your life. An uplifting, light song that encourages you to “go everywhere you wanna go // see everything you wanna see.” Don’t miss them at Northside Festival this summer with Best Coast, Alvvays, and Bully.
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