EMA EMA, The Future’s Void
Erika M. Anderson has a thing for dagger-pointed observations that sear like a hot iron. On one of the best songs on her previous album, Past Life Martyred Saints, she starts, “Fuck California, you made me boring,” and doesn’t let up from there. Her latest, coming from a similar place of West Coast ennui/dystopia, sounds like Morrissey sung over the static of a dial-up modem: Noise rock littered with abstract clanks that do battle with Anderson’s assertive voice and dark, jarring words. (Out April 8)
Essential song: “Satellites”
   

Thee Oh Sees Thee Oh Sees, Drop
For anyone who has seen the Bay Area garage rock unit live, the news in December that they’d be taking a hiatus elicited a moment of sudden, brief panic. Brief only because frontman John Dwyer corrected the record, explaining that they’d only be recalibrating, not disbanding, as he moved to the sunnier climes of LA. That shift didn’t affect this new release, which is as fierce and unhinged as ever, and as good an entry point as any to their high-octane charms. (Out April 19)
Essential track: “Penetrating Eye”    

Todd Terje Todd Terje, It’s Album Time
The cover of the Norwegian DJ-producer’s aptly titled debut LP depicts, in cartoon form, a disco-suit-clad pianist sitting before a keyboard topped with a trio of sugary, bendy-straw cocktails. This is “Leisure Suit Preban,” one imagines, the titular hero name-checked in several of Terje’s song titles. If you haven’t left the room yet, the music inside is fun stuff—house, disco and lounge that evokes ’70s action movie themes, Knight Rider-y synths and casino elevator music, and worth getting in on the joke for. (Out April 8)
Essential track: “Delorean Dynamite”    

Woods Woods, With Light and With Love
To hear the Brooklyn psych-rock band’s way with an unforgettable hook and a brain-scrambling guitar solo dive into their eighth album’s title track, a nine-minute epic. As founders of Brooklyn’s Woodsist label, the group has defined a certain lo-fi sound that connects pop songwriting with twisted otherworldly production. This album, with its clearly sung melodies and roiling Hammond organ, is a turn toward sunnier pastures. (Out April 15
Essential track: “With Light and With Love”
   

Future Future, Honest
Though the Atlanta rapper-singer scrapped his album’s previously announced, astronomically overreaching title, Future Hendrix, hopes are still high that Honest will push the summer radio playlist into a weird, Woodstock-meets-AutoTune-y place. The maestro approaches the much-reviled vocal effect like an expressionist painter, squeezing emotive yawps and howls from its compressed layers. The cast of guest spots he’s amassed—Kanye West and Andre 3000 among them—shouldn’t hurt either. (Out April 22)
Essential track: “Honest”