I would be lying if I said that the order these albums are in has nothing to do with how many dalmes I played each one. It’s a strange year in music. Take a look at any of the Best Albums of 2018 and you’ll see the usual group think, but also lists that are all over the place. Frankly, when I look at this list in comparison to the others, I think I must be living in a parallel universe. All I know is that there is a lot of flat out brilliant work on this list and I hope you take the time to check them out. Happy New Year!
Kemper Norton: Hungen
File Under: post-rock, dirges, electronic and a real treasure to our world. He’s never failed us yet.
Todd W. Emmert: A New Normal
File Under: folkatronic, experimental dirges
File Under: earatronics, incantations, antediluvian-deep space, fourth world
The Glands: The Glands
File Under: Athens Indie rock reissue. How did we all miss this one?
Zimpel / Ziołek: Zimpel/Ziolek
File Under: Kraut-trance-jazz-fusion
File Under: singer songwriter, Dutch, R&B, electronica, a revelation
Julia Holter: Aviary
File Under: So much promise and brilliance, then she goes and explores a new planet and sends back these musical messages instead of words.
Hamish Kilgour: Finklestein
File Under: barn owls, pudding and other tidbits
Hidden Glow: Fimian
File Under: analog experimental, Russian avant-garde, improvisation
Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker: Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos
File Under: psyche, american ragas
Flasher: Constant Image
File Under: Indie pop, post-punk has never seemed more timely and necessary.
Mothers: Render Another Ugly Method
File Under: art-rock, avant-garde and sometimes proggy. Certainly one of the most original and inspiring pieces of rock music from 2018.
File Under: ambient ethno-dystopia
Mind Over Mirrors: Bellowing Sun
File Under: Some musicians just know where to find the Interzone.
A Macaca & Gama: J’ecris
File Under: Little is known about this collaboration. I just hope it continues.
Landing: Bells in New Towns
File Under: 25 years this husband and wife team have been making remarkable music together.
File Under: it’s not rock, jazz, grime, techno, hardcore, punk, vaporware, or anything else.
Will Stewart: County Seat
File Under: I’m going to call it Americana
Celer + Forest Management: Landmarks
File Under: ambient revelations
The Bunny Tylers: Chance Meetings
File Under: Tones On Tailish
AMMAR 808: Maghreb United
File Under: Arabic, modulation, trance and desert blues
Power Trip: Opening Fire: 2008-2014
File Under: I can’t help but love these guys. They do it so well and its a vibe and a mood that I sometimes want to revisit.
Ben Vince: Assimilation
File Under: Avant-garde-jazz and so much more
Haley Heynderickx: I Need to Start a Garden
File Under: A subtle, serene songwriter
Chris Carter: Chemistry Lessons Vol. One
File Under: master futurist industrial synth sensei
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay: Plight & Premonition/ Flux & Mutability
File Under: reissue of double LP (1988-1989)
Mark Fell: Intra
File Under: microtonal intercepts
David Keye & Thomas Harris: Patchworks
File Under: hypnogogic, jazz, electronic, field recordings
Conner Youngblood: Cheyenne
File Under: folkatronic neo-soul and other raptures
Phantastic Ferniture: Phantastic Ferniture
File Under: she rocks
Emma Ruth Rundle: On Dark Horses/Marked For Death
File Under: post-rock, post-folk, post-metal
The Necks: Body
File Under: ecstatic jazz/ambient meditations
Chaines: The King
File Under: simply amazing electro-acoustic dramaturgy
Ambrose Akinmusire: Origami Harvest
File Under: If this is hip hop then why is it so rarely I hear it?
Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar
File Under: these Brits have been exploring the history of black music in beautiful and startling ways. not to mention what is the most stunning album covers
Demdike Stare: Passion
File Under: arc light, barn burning, dissolution overdrive
Low: Double Negative
File Under: Imagine writing amazing music for 20 years then stepping it up a few notches more and adding it some dissonance, noise. and glitched
Tim Hecker: Konoyo
File Under: did you ever wonder where the birds go to sleep at night. This is the music they hear in their dreams.
Amen Dunes: Freedom
File Under: His best effort so far, imbued with a pathos and empathy and his struggle with the loss of his mother to cancer.