New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On May 1 : All Songs Considered The best new albums out this week include an upside down sound from Car Seat Headrest, the technicolor world of Chicano Batman, a mind-blowing debut from actor Caleb Landry Jones and more.

Featured Albums:
1. Car Seat Headrest — Making a Door Less Open
Featured Songs: "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood"
2. American Aquarium — Lamentations
Featured Song: "Me + Mine"
3. Diet Cig — Do You Wonder About Me?
Featured Song: "Broken Body"
4. Chicano Batman — Invisible People
Featured Song: "Blank Slate"
5. DELANILA — Overloaded
Featured Song: "The Philosopher"
6. Damien Jurado — What's New, Tomboy?
Featured Song: "Arthur Aware"
7. Johanna Warren — Chaotic Good
Featured Song: "Faking Amnesia"
8. Caleb Landry Jones — The Mother Stone
Featured Song: "Flag Day / Mother Stone"

Other notable releases for May 1: Austra — HiRUDiN; Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage; Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric; The Goods — II; Hot Country Knights — The K Is Silent; Joan as Police Woman — Cover Two; Jojo — Good to Know; Kenny Chesney — Here and Now; Man Man — Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.
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Car Seat Headrest. The band's latest, Making a Door Less Open, tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on May 1. Carlos Cruz Sol/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Car Seat Headrest built its reputation on adventurous, hook-heavy and often sprawling guitar rock. But on the band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, frontman Will Toledo turns his trademark sound upside down by building sometimes spare earworms with synths, drum machines and samples. We open this week's show with two cuts from the record, "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood." Also on the program: the technicolor world of Chicano Batman, existential guitar rock from Diet Cig, a mind-blowing debut from actor Caleb Landry Jones and more. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers, Felix Contreras and Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the best new albums out on May 1.

Featured Albums:

  1. Car Seat Headrest — Making a Door Less Open
    Featured Songs: "Hollywood" and "There Must Be More Than Blood"
  2. American Aquarium — Lamentations
    Featured Song: "Me + Mine"
  3. Diet Cig — Do You Wonder About Me?
    Featured Song: "Broken Body"
  4. Chicano Batman — Invisible People
    Featured Song: "Blank Slate"
  5. DELANILA — Overloaded
    Featured Song: "The Philosopher"
  6. Damien Jurado — What's New, Tomboy?
    Featured Song: "Arthur Aware"
  7. Johanna Warren — Chaotic Good
    Featured Song: "Faking Amnesia"
  8. Caleb Landry Jones — The Mother Stone
    Featured Song: "Flag Day / Mother Stone"

Other notable releases for May 1: Austra — HiRUDiN; Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage; Devon Williams — A Tear in the Fabric; The Goods — II; Hot Country Knights — The K Is Silent; Joan as Police Woman — Cover Two; Jojo — Good to Know; Kenny Chesney — Here and Now; Man Man — Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between.