April has been an absolute belter for album releases and a tough one to pick and choose. Here are just some of the great albums we’ve had on rotation this month…and a host of bands self-releasing albums and EPs.

On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesCold Water Swimmers
Holiday At The Secret Lake
(DIY or Die)

None of these songs are new to the initiated, yet if you’ve followed the band from the early days you’ll notice a massive difference in sound, style and production. Everything has been scrutinised down to fine detail including the tracklisting and the excellent album cover by Paul Husband. Album of the year contender anyone? I’ve not heard one as good yet. As debuts go, this is perfection.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesMad Daddy
S/T
(Self-release)

High-octane Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll Blues from the Isle of Man. A ten-song powerhouse of a debut album. The wheel isn’t re-invented, but do you know why? Because it’s going too god-damn fast. What they lack in originality they make up for ten times over – and this is a perfect, dumb, authentically ass-kickin’ punk rock’n’blues explosion, coming straight out of the past, blasting into the future.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesAmigo The Devil
Born Against
(Liars Club)

Born Against is another magnificent journey through the dark and mysterious world of Amigo The Devil, combining his poetic and macabre sense of storytelling with haunting and epic soundscapes. It explores such a wide range of emotions from heartbreak to humour and beyond with such thought-provoking narratives, all backed by such expansive musical arrangements and unconventional sounds. Rarely does an album contain so much soul, emotion and mastery of the art of storytelling, conveyed through such warmth, passion and sincerity, but this one has it in spades.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesThe Coral
Coral Island
(Run On Records/Modern Sky)
The Coral return with a double concept album that pulls you into their rose-tinted world of wonder. On Coral Island, the band have created what could well be their opus. It sprawls across 24 tracks, of which the 15 songs are amongst some of their best work. It’s a whole world within a world, an escape from reality that resonates deeply, fantastical yet altogether real. This could be their best album to date.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesDu Blonde
Homecoming
(Daemon T.V.)

Although glam-punk aesthetics still echo on the new LP, this record is again an unintentional step aside from the marked course. These songs, of experience if not innocence, draw on influences during Houghton’s formative years at the beginning of her creative career. Homecoming communicates the necessity to embrace one’s younger self and recall things that have shaped his or her personality. Still, with the poppier vibes, Houghton stays true to her garage and glam-punk oeuvre.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesRadio Silence
Isolation EP
(Self-released)

Newcastle garage-psych berserkers unleash their red-hot debut EP, Isolation with echoes of The Cramps, The Gun Club and The Birthday Party. The best no-holds-barred rock & roll group to come out of Newcastle since The Animals. There’s never been a better time for Radio Silence to emerge. This is the start of something special.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesPink Suits
Political Child
(Self-released)

This is entertainment, this is fun, this is angry shouty sweary (divisive) basic guitar and drums punk rock made by two people who seem to know how to entertain and shout about the stuff that needs shouting about. These are the good guys and there’s always room in this world for nonsense such as this. Have a listen and Object, refuse, reject or abuse it at your will.
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And this month has also seen the release of two fantastic posthumous albums.

On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesTony Allen
There Is No End
(Blue Note)

Tony Allen has left an incredible and fitting legacy with There Is No End. It is an album that is a musical triumph, one that is groundbreaking and thrilling. Furthermore, it will do what Tony Allen’s work has been doing for decades – influence and inspire the musicians of tomorrow. The beat goes on. I play yours, you play mine. Quite literally, there is no end.
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On Rotation: Our pick of April album releasesAlan Vega
Mutator
(Sacred Bones)

An album recorded by Suicide’s Alan Vega at his mid-Nineties creative peak finally sees the light of day. Whenever a legendary artist dies and a posthumous album arrives a few years later, you can usually hear the sound of barrels being scraped in a bid to squeeze every last cent out of their legacy. Happily, nothing could be further from that with Mutator, a genuine “lost” album by Suicide’s late great Alan Vega, recorded in the mid-1990s and shelved only because he was producing such prolific art and music at that time.
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Nathan Whittle
Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for manchestermusic.co.uk. Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.

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