Showing no signs of winding-down after Record Store Day, April ends with more releases than you could shake a highly adhesive stick at. There is plenty to dip into in our weekly roundup which contains a huge variety, from conventional song structures to the weird and wonderful, from established names to less celebrated artists.

Braids – Euphoric Recall

Highly appealing Canadian experimental pop, a supernova swirled up in a suite of bold, melodic, symphonic pop songs and glitchy electronics.

Skinny Pelembe – Hardly The Same Snake

The songs are assembled by sampling instrumentation originally recorded live. The sound is far-reaching and technicolour; genre-agnostic, incorporating jungle-inspired rhythms, saloon-style pianos, low-slung indie-rock and Afrobeat-meets-8-bit-riffs.

Various – Waves of Distortion (The Best of Shoegaze: 1990 -2022)

Compilation covering acts tagged as part of the early Shoegaze boom like Ride & Slowdive through to current practitioners like Horsegirl & bdrmm.

A Cloud Of Ravens – Lost Hymns

Post punk duo with hints of Killing Joke in their dark rock melodies.

Hawkwind – The Future Never Waits

New studio album from space rock legends.

JFDR – Museum

The project of Icelandic experimental singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Jófríður Ákadóttir, with beautifully unfurling melodies and subtle percussion propelling songs upwards.

Withered Hand – How To Love

UK indie folk/rock troubadour with guest appearances from King Creosote & Kathryn Williams.

Martyna Basta – Slowly Forgetting, Barely Remembering

Polish composer performs on guitar, voice, manipulated field recordings or zither, achingly precise in her sense of detail.

Tiny Ruins – Ceremony

New Zealand indie-folk. Orchestrated folk, its songs “chapters” of a saga set on the shores of Tāmaki Makaurau’s (aka Auckland’s) Manukau Harbour.

Susanne Sundfor – Blomi

Folk-inspired Norwegian artist with a love letter to her daughter.

The Bellwether Syndicate – Vestige & Vigil

Alternative post punk from Chicago. For fans of Killing Joke, New Model Army, Lords of the New Church, The Chameleons, Love & Rockets, Placebo, White Lies.

Matthewdavid – Mycelium Music

Ambient pioneer with futuristic zither music.

Yune Pinku – Babylon IX

Bouncy breakbeats and swathes of atmospheric synth textures collide with hypnotic and dissociated vocals, creating a lustrous and pensive dancefloor sound.

Moreish Idols – Lock Eyes and Collide EP

Hyper-melodic guitar, sleepy-eyed murmurs glowing with unassuming poetry, blossoms of wise saxophone, rhythms that pulse and purr.

Caesar Spencer – Get Out Into Yourself

Paris-based English songwriter with a love letter to France with vintage-pop & baroque inspired arrangements.

Tin Man – Arles

Exploring a new realm of impressionistic beauty where pristine, heartfelt melodies dance delicately atop austere motorik rhythms.

The Soundcarriers – Celeste

Reissue of 2010 album. Haunting folk melodies underpinned by rhythmic static and the physicality of the totally analogue recording and mixing, baroque keyboard counterpoints and sweeping arrangements.

The National – First Two Pages Of Frankenstein

Long awaited return of indie band this time with help from Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, and Sufjan Stevens.

The Lottery Winners – Anxiety Replacement Therapy

Mancunian guitar pop with collaborations from Boy George, Frank Turner and Shaun Ryder.