Top 20 Indie Releases, April 2014
As we prepare for the release of Indie Cindy, the new album from alt heroes the Pixies, we look back at the month in new indie releases, which spotlights quite a few artists somewhat influenced by the Pixies themselves -- or at least their noisy mentality. Topping our list is feisty provocateur EMA and her decidedly angsty, '90s-leaning The Future's Void, alongside Cloud Nothings' Here and Nowhere Else, which recalls that same Gen X style with more of their great lo-fi slacker punk. Speaking of the '90s, we've also got Afghan Whigs' first album since 1998, Do to the Beast; the Eels' latest bummed-out beauty, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett; and The Faint's synth-rock sizzler [Doom Abuse]. In other captivating sounds, there's Animal Collective member Avey Tare's latest experimental journey (featuring ex-Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian); the Kaiser Chiefs' sharpest, snappiest rock album to date; songwriting vets Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joining forces as The Both; Sufjan Stevens' Sisyphus collaboration with rapper Serengeti and producer Son Lux; and much, much more. Also, in our attached playlist, check out new singles from Damon Albarn, Lana Del Rey, Little Dragon, Lykke Li and Jack White.