Albums Of The Year 2018

I spent most of this truly awful year hiding away in quiet, melancholy music and not paying as much attention as I should to what was going on outside my door, so this isn’t the most varied or eclectic end of year list. But the albums that made the cut are still absolutely worth your attention. I’m surprised I even got it together to do this, and there’s definitely no write-up this year. But check all of these out if you haven’t:

stick in the wheel

 

  1. Stick In The Wheel – Follow Them True / This And The Memory Of This (From Here)
  2. Low – Double Negative (Sub Pop)
  3. The Ex – 27 Passports (Ex)
  4. Hen Ogledd – Mogic (Weird World)
  5. Anna & Elizabeth – The Invisible Comes To Us (Smithsonian)
  6. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King Of Cowards (Rocket)
  7. Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse!)
  8. Woven Skull – Woven Skull (Oaken Palace)
  9. Ill – We Are Ill (Box)
  10. Workin’ Man Noise Unit – It’s Not Nothin’ (Riot Season)
  11. Shannon & The Clams – Onion / Shannon Shaw – Shannon In Nashville (Easy Eye Sounds)
  12. Gnod – Chapel Perilous (Rocket)
  13. Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens (Sub Pop)
  14. Nathan Bowles – Plainly Mistaken (Paradise Of Bachelors)
  15. Henry Blacker – The Making Of Junior Bonner (Riot Season)
  16. Death & Vanilla – The Tenant (Fire)
  17. Eli Paperboy Reed – Meets High & Mighty Brass Band (Yep Roc)
  18. Jon Spencer – Plays The Hits (In The Red)
  19. Steven Adams & The French Drops – Virtue Signals (Hudson)
  20. Rattle – Sequence (Upset The Rhythm)
  21. Alexander Tucker – Don’t Look Away (Thrill Jockey)
  22. Haiku Salut – There Is No Elsewhere (PRAH)
  23. Alison Cotton – All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre (Bloxham Tapes)
  24. Group Listening – Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works, Vol. 1 (PRAH)
  25. Portland Vows – Your Corners (Concrete Tapes)
  26. Carla Bozulich – Quieter (Constellation)
  27. Lovely Eggs – This Is Eggland (Egg)
  28. Christine & The Queens – Chris (Because)
  29. Chlorine -The Velvet Teeth (TQ)
  30. Cath & Phil Tyler – The Ox And The Axe (Thread)

And honourable mention to these (some of which might have placed higher if I’d heard them sooner):

Angelique Kidjo – Remain In Light // Autechre – NTS Sessions // Big Lad – Pro Rock // Blawan – Wet Will Always Dry // Bodega – Endless Scroll // Carter Burwell – Ballad Of Buster Scruggs // Charlemagnes – 3 Chords And A Half Truth // Chris Carter – Chemistry Lessons // David Terry – Sorrow // Death Pedals – Death Pedals // Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – Divine Ekstasys // Dickon Hinchcliffe – Leave No Trace // Dylan Carlson – Conquistador // Ekio Ishibashi – The Dream My Bones Dream // Ekoplekz – Impressionz // Elysia Crampton – S/T // Gazelle Twin – Pastoral // Gem Andrews – North // Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band – Hyper Rituals // Grouper – Group Of Points // Guttersnipe – My Mother The Vent // Half Man Half Biscuit ‎– No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut // Hawthonn – Red Goddess // Helena Hauff – Qualm // Holly Golightly – Do The Get Along // James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes // Josephine Foster – Faithful Fairy // JPEGMAFIA – Veteran // Kamasi Washington – Heaven & Earth // Kate Carr – I Ended Out Moving To Brixton // King Champion Sounds – For A Lark // Laibach – Sound Of Music // Laura Veirs – The Lookout // Left Outsides – All That Remains // Lonny Holly – Mith // Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy // Melting Hand – Faces Of Earth // Mesange – Gypsy Moth // Miss Red – KO // Mogwai – Kin // North Sea Dialect  – Local Guide // Orchestra Of Constant Distress  –  Distress Test // Papa M – Broke Moon Rises // Parquet Courts – Wide Awaaaake // Richard Youngs – Belief // Richmond Fontaine – Don’t Skip Out On Me // Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis – Wild! Wild! Wild! // Sauna Youth – Deaths // Shit & Shine – Bad Vibes // Sleep – The Sciences // Surgeon – Luminosity Device // Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time // Necks – Body // Tunng – Songs You Make At Night // Uniform – The Long Walk // Ursula Le Guin – Music Of The Kesh // Vince Staples – FM // William Basinski & Lawrence English – Selva Obscura // Wreaths – The Sea To Which The Body Is Drawn // Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On

 

 

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