April Releases to Look For
Words by Stephen Whiting
Comprised of bandmates Dylan Minnette, Braeden LeMasters, and Cole Preston, ascending trio Wallows hail from LA bringing everything from explosive rock hooks to West Coast influenced pop. Despite popularity from Minette’s acting roles, Wallows confidently paves their own path juxtaposing melancholic suburbia with youthful exploration. Their debut EP Spring is out April 6 and can be ordered here.
DJ. Producer. Singer. Alison Wonderland is an electric performer from Australia who has made a name for herself over the past few years headlining shows such as Coachella, EDC, and even a festival of her own making called the Scarehouse Project. Wonderland creates a pulsing world of her own with sounds ranging from future pop to trap beats. Lyrically, Wonderland is at her most vulnerable capturing small moments of despair and escapism. Themes of depression, heartbreak, and self-medication are turned into gnarly, high energy production. Her second studio album Awake released on April 6 and is not one to miss. Order Awake here.
The enigmatic LA-based Elohim is an experience of love and otherworldly artistry. Last year saw her put out several collaborations with artists such as Louis the Child and Whethan in addition to expansive tours across the country. Elohim’s experiential electronic deconstructs reality and bleeds into a vibrant audio/visual journey that brings solace to her audience. Piercing through her lyrical narratives is the struggle of finding identity and dealing with engulfing anxiety. Desire to hide her identity leaves the focus on spreading her message of light and love through glitched out textures of sound. Her self-titled album Elohim is out on April 27 and can be pre-ordered here.
Songstress Nandi Rose Plunkett is a multi-instrumentalist who plays melodic electro pop with a hint of classical influence. Soundscapes of isolation and healing are carefully crafted by Plunkett who builds a frenetic internal rhythm filled with synth textures overlapping acoustic instrumentation. Half Waif circumvents genre drawing everything from Celtic to Indian influences. In her latest sophomore album, Plunkett’s rich inflections examine pilgrimage and the fissures experienced throughout relationships. Half Waif’s album Lavender is out April 27 and is available for pre-order here.
Bold and restless. Wye Oak is comprised of Baltimore natives Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. Slowly building their sound over the years, Wye Oak has explored everything from violin and pedal instrumentations to disorienting synths that push the barriers of harmonic boundaries. Wasner’s ethereal phrasings raise questions around power, identity, and the complexities of humanity. Their fifth studio album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is out April 6 and is available for order here.