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Title: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: jamiefairlie on November 30, 2018, 07:08:10 AM
Ok, it's that time of year again and I'll kick off with these:

Faeland - All my swim    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGBhSXwUXU8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGBhSXwUXU8)

A lovely little folk-rock/pop collection that is reminiscent of Sandy Denny's softer side.

Hater - Red Blinders
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6a73POtc8o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6a73POtc8o)

From Malmo, Sweden, they seem to be classed as Dream Pop

Lowtide - Southern Mind    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNtLzsf2iJk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNtLzsf2iJk)

Their name sounds like Slowdive and thankfully so does their music

Modern Studies - Swell To Great      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk-zRQyjtaA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk-zRQyjtaA)

Another one with a folk-rock sound

The Essex Green - Hardly Electronic    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUQIFaYAUhE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUQIFaYAUhE)

Their first album in 12 years, you could call this slightly psych-pop in flavour

The Innocence Mission - Sun On The Square      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kesCVrL1pzc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kesCVrL1pzc)

11th album from one of the best and most consistent artists of the last 20 years.

We Are Muffy - The Charcoal Pool     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_X44njCmI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_X44njCmI)

Featuring Nick Duffy of The Lilac Time,




Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: mojo filters on November 30, 2018, 07:55:56 AM
The only new album I've been impressed by this year was the latest Spiritualized - "And Nothing Hurt" which is the best thing Jason Pierce has done since "Let It Come Down" in 2001.

I wish Belle & Sebastian had pared down their new three EPs from 15 tracks of varying quality to one coherent body of work.

To be fair, I really haven't listened to much new music this year.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: DrGreggles on November 30, 2018, 08:33:06 AM
The Essex Green - Hardly Electronic 

Good call.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: samadriel on November 30, 2018, 11:57:21 AM
I'm frustrated that 'DOVE' by Belly isn't in my list; it's okay, it just hasn't lodged in my head like their old stuff, or Tanya Donelly's solo material.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on November 30, 2018, 02:08:51 PM
Still waiting on three, and one album isn't complete yet (a wonderful track-a-month calendar album). But although I've been severely disappointed by a few favourite artists this year, overall it's shaped up pretty nicely. List coming in forthcoming weeks.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: holyzombiejesus on November 30, 2018, 04:16:37 PM
I've been dreading this thread. Serge should fucking be here.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Kane Jones on November 30, 2018, 05:31:12 PM
I've been dreading this thread. Serge should fucking be here.

Hear, hear.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: chveik on November 30, 2018, 06:07:57 PM
top 10 so far

Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYPCpjyLDIs

Denzel Curry - TABOO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKAv7eOK2dg

Khalab - Black Noise 2084
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjKj4Cb9TK8

Ruby My Dear - Brame
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maVS3QMIBLs

Alameda 4 - Czarna Worda
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45uzCxMy60M

Koenji Hyakkei - Dhorimviskha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eBbgkoreGY

Peter Brotzmann/Heather Leigh - Crowmoon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c0lbsFddic

Laurie Anderson/Kronos Quartet - Landfall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlVXBxAuDGw

Puce Mary - The Drought
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKRANFv_S60

Laibach - The Sound of Music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EavTye99eZA

Best reissue: Dur-Dur Band - Dur Dur of Somalia Vol. 1 & 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsXOazMP7OU
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: The Boston Crab on November 30, 2018, 06:18:59 PM
Panda Bear - Buoys
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: non capisco on November 30, 2018, 10:52:38 PM
I'm gonna surprise approximately no cunt who knows me by saying my favourite album of the year by a country mile is 'Double Negative' by Low. Mimi and Alan throwing their beautiful voices into a pit of pulsing dissonant uneasiness in protest at a world going to shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z1ETYnTB7Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzMo-EpWcPA&frags=pl%2Cwn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz5ACAg_iik&frags=pl%2Cwn
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 01, 2018, 07:26:13 PM
I'll be back closer to the end of the year with mine, as I've been obsessively poring over as much 2018 stuff as I can get my hands on, and I may still be surprised. I've listened to and rated over 50 new releases and it has been a sensationally good year, in my opinion.

All I'll say for sure is that Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Segall and Parquet Courts are near the top spot, but I don't think anything is going to topple the three releases that I'd deem faultless, boundary pushing and remarkable beyond all else: SOPHIE, Daughters and SHXCXCHCXSH.

Oh and Idles are at the bottom of the list, closely followed by Beach House.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Head Gardener on December 01, 2018, 07:33:54 PM
Panda Bear - Buoys

doesn't that come out next Feb?
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Head Gardener on December 01, 2018, 07:44:34 PM
ten I like lots

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Teresa Winter : What The Night is For


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/fc2891979bd57de0693a67c7513ff7c8/tumblr_inline_piyugdAfsE1qz6tne_640.jpg)
The Doozer : Figurines


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Yves Tumor : Safe In The Hands of Love


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/101d59951b842709f8066bef0ca51706/tumblr_inline_pcocf5g2301qz6tne_640.jpg)
Pram : Across The Meridian


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/2bf43f3ab19f6719ed7481cecf3c8862/tumblr_inline_p9jnhigReo1qz6tne_640.jpg)
Aurbennig : Ffordd O Fyw


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/ae142caf7883fe9045815a72afacb93c/tumblr_inline_paz53hz2eK1qz6tne_640.jpg)
Wooden Shjips : V


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/82b095aba8a1220077a4ccc282c7f8b2/tumblr_inline_p68w06rhTk1qz6tne_640.jpg)
Haley Heynderickx : I Need To Start A Garden


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/aa0424e6b3e20fac8cd98dcbbf03d99c/tumblr_inline_p4rr2pTg041qz6tne_1280.jpg)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra : Sex & Food


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/3ec91ece6b94c514b3f7931b398e71e5/tumblr_inline_p4rqwuNnss1qz6tne_1280.jpg)
Anna Von Hauswolff : Dead Magic


(https://66.media.tumblr.com/4b9d720ab3b4b95a0b33849b0841c6a0/tumblr_inline_p68w21fYWJ1qz6tne_640.jpg)
Snapped Ankles : Come Play The Trees
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Z on December 01, 2018, 09:23:17 PM
Kids see ghosts and Daytona

Sophie
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: jobotic on December 01, 2018, 09:28:05 PM
I saw Anna Von Hauswollf's dad perform once and it was amazing. They're a very different type of thing though aren't they? CM is sort of abstract electronics.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: prwc on December 02, 2018, 11:36:58 PM
For me it's Guttersnipe - My Mother The Vent (https://guttersnipe.bandcamp.com/album/my-mother-the-vent). Ultra visceral no wave/black metal tinged skronk with an abrasiveness rarely heard outside of full bore harsh noise. But the rigorously rehearsed song structures are more influenced by the likes of Captain Beefheart and Sun Ra. Probably a bit much for most listeners but if that description sounds appealing then I hope you find it as thrilling as I do.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Johnny Textface on December 03, 2018, 11:30:23 AM
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Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: RicoMNKN on December 03, 2018, 12:43:46 PM
I forced myself to get back into new music this year after years of mostly listening to old stuff, so pleased that I'm able to name ten I've enjoyed.

* Julian Cope - Skellington 3
Plays up his comic side.  Actually reminds me of Half Man Half Biscuit in places.

* Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus
First I heard of him, and was glad to see he's got loads of other albums to discover.

* Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
Was a bit disappointed at first as it's quite different to their first album.  I now like it more than the first one.

* Tracey Thorn - Record
A strong elecropop album that doesn't outstay its welcome.

* Go-Kart Mozart - Mozart's Mini Mart
Whilst not their best, I'm always happy for more Lawrence, and When You're Depressed is one of their best songs.

* David Byrne - American Utopia
I know people who find it  annoying, but I found it rather charming.

* Daphne and Celeste - Save The World

* Language of Prairie Dogs - The Water Boatman
They did an enjoyably weird Cyndi Lauper-meets-The Associates song about The Shining a few years back, which I liked enough to back this on Kickstarter.  If you like things like The Associates or early Tears for Fears, it's really good.

* Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar

* Andrew WK - You're Not Alone
It's objectively a bit rubbish, but the relentless optimism cheered me up on an awful holiday, so it works!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Dirty Boy on December 03, 2018, 01:01:30 PM
I stupidly thought there wasn't much i'd got into this year until i sat down and made a list:

koenjihyakkei - dhorimviskha (https://koenjihyakkei.bandcamp.com/album/dhorimviskha)
The Gasman -  Controlled Hallucination (https://thegasman.bandcamp.com/)
Julia Holter - Aviary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIk2CGUTPr0)
Anna Von Hausswolf - Dead Magic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nre0hcDz5TI)
Daughters - You Won’t Get What You Want (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSl4w6PXVbY)
Arabrot - Who Do You Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgPZ3Pc-5cY)
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ_DzRJUI4)
Voivod - The Wake (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuSHngMy-g)
Uz Jsme Doma - Kry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er8hvmMecBg)
Zevious - Lowlands (https://zevious.bandcamp.com/album/lowlands)
 PinioL - Bran Coucou (https://piniol.bandcamp.com/album/bran-coucou)
Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury (https://imperialtriumphant.bandcamp.com/album/vile-luxury)

It's not out until January, but i'm really looking forward to the new stuff from Lost Crowns (https://lostcrowns.bandcamp.com/). More greatness from the Cardiacs gene pond.

Decent releases from Anna Calvi, Bjork and Melvins, but not really super impressed by any of them to be honest.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Dirty Boy on December 03, 2018, 01:05:37 PM
For me it's Guttersnipe - My Mother The Vent (https://guttersnipe.bandcamp.com/album/my-mother-the-vent). Ultra visceral no wave/black metal tinged skronk with an abrasiveness rarely heard outside of full bore harsh noise. But the rigorously rehearsed song structures are more influenced by the likes of Captain Beefheart and Sun Ra. Probably a bit much for most listeners but if that description sounds appealing then I hope you find it as thrilling as I do.
Sounds great!

Do check out that Imperial Triumphant thing i linked as well.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: SteveDave on December 03, 2018, 01:07:35 PM
Thanks guys.

*sniff*
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 03, 2018, 01:34:26 PM
Decent releases from Anna Calvi, Bjork and Melvins, but not really super impressed by any of them to be honest.

Yeah, I thought this year's Melvins effort was pretty weak too. They're allowed to make disappointing records though, given the rate at which they make them and the amount of gold they've put out already.

I listened to the Anna Von Hausswolf album yesterday and reckon I'll give it another whirl today as I enjoyed it. There are a few experimental albums I've been checking out that have had mixed results:

Puce Mary - The Drought
I found this one fairly middling and nowhere near as hellish as other fans have noted. I wasn't fed up with it at all, but it didn't really draw that much of a reaction out of me.

The Body - I Have Fought Against It, But I Can No Longer
This one I like a lot. They're an excellent outfit and this thing really is brutal.

Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love
Am I missing something here? I'm reliably informed that their live show is one of the noisiest, most extreme things, but fuck me this album was pedestrian. I do aim to give it another listen but I just don't think I got it. I'd appreciate if someone could explain.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sevendaughters on December 04, 2018, 11:21:20 AM
top 15 in no order, i don't have a definite #1

Gary War - Gaz Forth
Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
Tal National - Tantabara
Mamuthones - Fear On The Corner
Low - Double Negative
Gwenno - Le Kov
They Hate Change - Now and Never Again
Suede - Blue Hour
Sandro Perri - In Another Life
Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
The Necks - Body
Uniform / The Body - Mental Wounds Not Healing
Harmony Rockets - Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos
Chris Carter - Chemistry Lessons Vol. 1
Ceephax - Camelot Arcade

here's a playlist of a track from each sans Spotify refuseniks The Necks: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/260wtXegIBuKQZtqHIhsiY
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: twonk on December 04, 2018, 03:10:11 PM
MY TOP 10 SO FAR

1.Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury
2.Mid Air Thief - Crumbling
3.Kathryn Joseph -From When I Wake The Want Is
4.Charlie Looker - Simple Answers
5.Scott Johnson - Mind Out Of Matter
6.Traden(ex Trad Gras Och Stenar) - Traden
7.The Necks - Body
8.Bosse De Nage - Further Still
9.PinioL - Bran Coucou
10.Jim O'Rourke - Sleep Like It's Winter
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Head Gardener on December 04, 2018, 03:29:15 PM

Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love
Am I missing something here? I'm reliably informed that their live show is one of the noisiest, most extreme things, but fuck me this album was pedestrian. I do aim to give it another listen but I just don't think I got it. I'd appreciate if someone could explain.

Coke helps
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on December 04, 2018, 04:45:15 PM
Before my top 20 albums, then, here are a few other lists:

Notable EPs & 12"s
Humanoid - 30303
Stakker Humanoid given a breakbeat makeover for its 30th anniversary, backed by two spanking two acid tracks.

Nullptr - Aftermath
Pristine melodic electro from the always reliable Central Processing Unit label. At 6 tracks, one of the best value releases they've put out.

LNS - Recons 1
Superb EP of techno and ambient from Laura Sparrow's excellent LNS project.

The Future Sound of London - Ramblings of a Madman 2
Five solid pieces as an accompaniment to the second volume of their ongoing zine series.

Favourite reissues:
Carbon Based Lifeforms - The Path & Twentythree
Blood Music fills in two of the three gaps in their CBL reissue campaign, and thankfully the band don't go back to remix them beforehand. The Path is effectively a demo album from the '90s, but many moments stand up to their 'proper' releases; Twentythree is largely beatless ambience, and not quite up there with their other records for me, but still worth owning, and great to have at a reasonable price at last.

Nurse With Wound / Aranos - Acts / Bicycle
Two of NWW's collaborations with violin player Petr Vastl - Acts of Senseless Beauty and Santoor Lena Bicycle - both of which were extremely rare and pricey before this two disc collection pieced them together at the start of the year. The former is very much in the '90s NWW electronic soundscape style, while the latter is more folky and contains some of the most ludicrous material in the NWW catalogue.

Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel / Pop 2
Charli XCX's two 2017 mixtapes given a double LP release. Could do without quite so many guest vocalists, but otherwise an immaculate set of boundary-pushing pop.

The Fires of Ork - The Fires of Ork 1 & 2
Six years on from Pete Namlook's death, and his extensive collaborative back-catalogue continues to get new reappraisals. These two Biosphere collaborations came out on Geir's own Biophon imprint as part of his ongoing reissue campaign; the first is on the techno side of ambient techno and firmly rooted in 1993, but the second is an ambient masterpiece and feels, in many ways, like a sequel to Biosphere's own Substrata.

Off Land - Blue Narration & Eventide Passage
Before moving to CD and tape releases in the past five years, Off Land's material was largely confined to digital releases, so it's great to see these two superb ambient albums get CD releases at last. The former is blissful field recording-sourced electro-acoustic ambience, the latter runs closer to microhouse in places, and was mastered by ex-Orb member Thrash.

Nurse With Wound - Sinister Whimsy to the Wretched
Another superb 2CD set from Steven Stapleton (whose self-published reissues are up there with Biosphere's in terms of quality and price), bringing together 1991's Sugar Fish Drink and 1993's Large Ladies With Cake in the Oven (themselves tying together tracks from EPs, splits and compilations). My favourite NWW material generally runs from 1979-1991, from which almost all the tracks on these compilations comes, so there are plenty of favourites here. Standard NWW krautrock-inspired noisy, whimsical experimentation.

Biosphere - The Hilvarenbeek Recordings
Originally an unofficially sanctioned four track 12" from a few years ago, this collection of field recording-based ambient pieces was expanded into an eight track album as part of Biosphere's superb reissue series. A slight release in comparison with some of his works, but beautifully textured throughout.

And the disappointments...
Dubstar - One
Three or four tracks in the second half are quite nice on here, but on the whole it's a pretty dull, forgettable set. Almost uniformly mid-tempo ballads, the album lacks the spark and memorable melodies of the band's original three. Key songwriter from their '90s lineup, Steve Hiller, left the band before they started the album, and it shows painfully: Chris Wilkie's mellow, jangly songs worked as nice foils to the energetic tracks on their earlier works, but are nowhere near interest enough to fill out an entire album.

Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is Futile
This one was both pleasantly surprising and sadly disappointing: although far more interesting than the singles suggested, the bulk of the album is still Manics-by-numbers, of the 'major key pop-rock' variety. The thick, layered, slightly electronic production is lovely, but doesn't particularly suit the material. The Wire-sung closer is nice, and 'Song for the Sadness' matches wistfulness with an unexpected bluesy riff in a really effective way, but the rest is sadly forgettable.

The Orb - No Sounds Are Out of Bounds
A few gorgeous ambient pieces near the end - epic ambient closer 'Soul Planet' does a fairly good impression of 'classic' era Orb - aside, everything here feels half finished: tracks start with some tightly programmed beats, a bassline, some daft samples, and then don't really do much else. This wouldn't be so bad if the sounds were more interesting - the loose grooves of the breakbeats sampled on their classic debut, or some of the interesting textures and samples from Orbus Terrarum - but the very precise production and uninspired 'goofy' samples make it all sound sterile, as if it's just a collection of backing tracks.

Underworld ft. Iggy Pop - Bells & Circles
Underworld provide some excellent backing tracks, only to be ruined by Iggy Pop talking over the top like a grumpy old bloke moaning about the 21st century. He can no longer smoke on aeroplanes or expect women to be ok with him indiscriminately hitting on them, so he complains about it a lot.

Zu93 - Mirror Emperor
David Tibet and Zu come together to create a surprisingly forgettable album of acid folk that really should be a lot more exciting and memorable than it is. A few moments inspire several listens, but the overall effect is very disappointing.

Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
I loved the lead single, but nothing else on this did anything for me at all. I've always preferred the 1990-1995 era of 'classic' Aphex, so perhaps that explains why I took to Syro, Cheetah and Orphaned Deejay Selek a lot more than the hyper-programming of this very percussive EP. I'm aware I am almost entirely alone in finding this one underwhelming.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: SteveDave on December 04, 2018, 05:04:21 PM

* Language of Prairie Dogs - The Water Boatman
They did an enjoyably weird Cyndi Lauper-meets-The Associates song about The Shining a few years back, which I liked enough to back this on Kickstarter.  If you like things like The Associates or early Tears for Fears, it's really good.


I've relayed your review to Matthew from Language Of Prarie Dogs and he's overjoyed with it.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: norbert on December 04, 2018, 09:05:55 PM
Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love
Am I missing something here? I'm reliably informed that their live show is one of the noisiest, most extreme things, but fuck me this album was pedestrian. I do aim to give it another listen but I just don't think I got it. I'd appreciate if someone could explain.

You’re not missing anything, it was pedestrian compared to his other stuff, especially Serpent Music. I think pitchfork touted it as an accessible noise record and his best, but it just fell flat for me after some genuinely great records.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Z on December 04, 2018, 09:23:08 PM
* Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears
Was a bit disappointed at first as it's quite different to their first album.  I now like it more than the first one.
This was really good actually, yeah. Like half of it is very meh but I really enjoyed the other half a lot and they pulled off a ten minute track so fair fucks to them.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Ja'moke on December 05, 2018, 04:11:42 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5e/Daytona_by_Pusha_T.jpg/220px-Daytona_by_Pusha_T.jpg)

Pusha T - Daytona

The best hip-hop album of the year? It certainly makes a good case for itself. The first of Kanye West's "five-albums-in-five-weeks" stunt from earlier this year, Pusha T delivers some of his hardest bars of all-time over some of West's finest production. In terms of content and themes, Pusha rarely moves beyond his calling card, 'detailed drug-rap', but he does it with such flair that it's difficult to hold that against him.

"The Games We Play" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j98tczxXKtE

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Mac Miller - Swimming

This album took on a whole new meaning when Mac Miller tragically died earlier this year from an accidental drug overdose at just 26-years-old. It was already a beautiful record before that; soulful, jazzy, that funky Thundercat bass, and assembled by soundtrack maestro Jon Brion. It was another step in Miller's evolution from teenage frat-rapper to experimental druggie to respected, well-rounded artist. Swimming was about surviving the shit times (the drug problems, the well-publicised break-up) and coming out the other side, he was finally fixing himself, "self-care... I'm treating meeee right." He was assuring us he was in a better place. Then a month after the record dropped he died.

"Come Back To Earth" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ocPPhtglU

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/1b/Kali_Uchis_-_Isolation.png/220px-Kali_Uchis_-_Isolation.png)

Kali Uchis - Isolation

More Thundercat production! Isolation is Kali Uchis's first studio album and it's an incredible debut. She has a smoldering voice, kind of old-school sounding, which works really well with the modern R&B production. It's just really catchy, and gave me that same feeling I had when I first heard Anderson .Paak's Malibu.

"Tyrant" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDUOLz9ZL2g

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/42/Ta13oo_by_Denzel_Curry.jpg/220px-Ta13oo_by_Denzel_Curry.jpg)

Denzel Curry - TA13OO

Loud. In your face. Dark. The bass on this thing is bone-rattling. Sometimes you just want an album to break your neck to, and Denzel Curry gives you that on TA13OO, although there is some introspective stuff peppered throughout this record too.

"SUMO" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVaO5PFv_g

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Rosalía – El Mal Querer

Maybe my favourite pop album of the year (from an artist I'd never heard of until a couple of months ago). Rosalía mixes classic flamenco music with contemporary R&B/hip-hop-inspired production. Much like the Kali Uchis album, it's just so bloody catchy, and not being able to understand Spanish doesn't affect my enjoyment at all. Her music videos are brilliant too.

"MALAMENTE" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rht7rBHuXW8

(https://i.imgur.com/hS4gja3.png)

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

I know it only came out last week, but I haven't stopped playing it since. Earl bringing back looping as an art-form. It's short, noisy, abstract, distorted, and at times sounds like it was recorded in a toilet cubicle, but that just all adds to the atmosphere.

"Loosie" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bdoltoj_hw

Others:

Saba - Care For Me
Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts
Soccer Mommy - Clean
J.I.D. - Dicaprio 2
Metro Boomin - Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Mitski - Be the Cowboy
Rico Nasty - Nasty
Jay Rock - Redemption
Smino - Noir
Vince Staples - FM!

Plus a bunch more I'll remember later.

Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 05, 2018, 06:33:05 PM
You’re not missing anything, it was pedestrian compared to his other stuff, especially Serpent Music. I think pitchfork touted it as an accessible noise record and his best, but it just fell flat for me after some genuinely great records.

Mate I listened to it again this morning. It's crap. Vaguely noisy/ambient with trash beats and some bullshit half-arsed emo singing on top.

Gary War - Gaz Forth
Uniform / The Body - Mental Wounds Not Healing

Fuck, there's a new Gary War album? Good lord, this year just keeps coming. Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in...

As for that Uniform/The Body album, I really didn't think much of it at all. As industrial/noise stuff goes I found it very middle of the road. To be honest, I've never thought Uniform were much cop anyway, but I love The Body. Their new one "I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer" is fantastic. Massive dread atmospherics.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sevendaughters on December 05, 2018, 06:59:22 PM
the debut by Uniform didn't grab me, and The Body do a lot of stuff and I like some and not others, but the collab record hit the sweet spot of trudging gloom, coldwave, and a bit of aggro for me. It's nothing new under the sun but I got something out of it.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Norton Canes on December 05, 2018, 08:31:45 PM
Downloaded quite a lot this year but haven't had a chance to listen to all of it in depth. Plenty of albums have had a couple of great tracks that have ended up on playlists but the only long-players I've been playing over and over again have been Meat Beat Manifesto's incredible vacuum-black comeback Impossible Star and Gazelle Twin's nightmarish bucolic apparition Pastoral.

 
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: SteveDave on December 06, 2018, 10:38:20 AM
Most of the best LPs I've heard this year haven't been from this year. Here's the ones that have been though:

Arctic Monkeys “Tranquillity Base Hotel And Casino”
Father John Misty "God's Favourite Customer"
Joe Kane/Radiophonic Tuckshop “Joe Kane/Radiophonic Tuckshop”
Spencer Segelov “Loser Leaves Town”
Whoa Melodic "Whoa Melodic"

And the non-2018 LPs (that I heard for the first time this year): 

Kevin Ayers “Joy Of A Toy” 1969
Car Seat Headrest “Teens Of Denial” 2016
The GTO's "Permanent Damage" 1969
Elton John "Honky Chateau" 1972
The Kinks “Muswell Hillbillies” 1971
Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly” 2015
Chuck Prophet “Temple Beautiful” 2012
Alexandra Savior “Belladonna Of Sadness” 2017

And my favourite songs not on albums or just the only songs I liked from albums (all 2018 unless stated):
 
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard “Double Denim Hop”
Cut Worms “Cash For Gold”
Elton John "Part Time Love" 1978
L.A. Peach "Heartstrings"
Matt Maltese "As The World Caves In"
Paul McCartney “Despite Repeated Warnings”
Buck Owens “Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass?” 1969
Joel Sarakula "Coldharbour Man"
Superorganism “Something For Your M.I.N.D.”
Swamp Dogg “I’ll Pretend”
Kanye West “Ghost Town”
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Neville Chamberlain on December 06, 2018, 11:05:45 AM
I stupidly thought there wasn't much i'd got into this year until i sat down and made a list:

koenjihyakkei - dhorimviskha (https://koenjihyakkei.bandcamp.com/album/dhorimviskha)
The Gasman -  Controlled Hallucination (https://thegasman.bandcamp.com/)
Julia Holter - Aviary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIk2CGUTPr0)
Anna Von Hausswolf - Dead Magic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nre0hcDz5TI)
Daughters - You Won’t Get What You Want (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSl4w6PXVbY)
Arabrot - Who Do You Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgPZ3Pc-5cY)
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ_DzRJUI4)
Voivod - The Wake (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuSHngMy-g)
Uz Jsme Doma - Kry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er8hvmMecBg)
Zevious - Lowlands (https://zevious.bandcamp.com/album/lowlands)
 PinioL - Bran Coucou (https://piniol.bandcamp.com/album/bran-coucou)
Imperial Triumphant - Vile Luxury (https://imperialtriumphant.bandcamp.com/album/vile-luxury)

Couple of things in there I haven't heard, but otherwise your list is near-identical to mine! The Gasman just keeps getting better and better, doesn't he?!?

It's not out until January, but i'm really looking forward to the new stuff from Lost Crowns (https://lostcrowns.bandcamp.com/). More greatness from the Cardiacs gene pond.

Yes, album pre-ordered! I caught only the final few seconds of their final song at last year's Salisbury bash due to boozing in the pub beforehand, but my appetite was suitably whetted. Didn't think it'd take quite so long to hear more from them, but I'm so glad the wait's nearly over.

I'd also add Sorry to Disturb You by Army of Moths (https://armyofmoths.bandcamp.com/album/sorry-to-disturb-you) to this year's list - and another gem from the Cardiacs fetid pond!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Vitalstatistix on December 07, 2018, 11:58:50 AM
1 - Amen Dunes - Freedom

Totally absorbing, emotionally wrenching journey through swampy, psychedelic classic rock. And, that voice!

2 - Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine

A satirical snapshot of 2018 life cooked to perfection. Sardonic, smart, danceable, but not hopeless.

3 - Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Thankfully his apparent stab at the mainstream is just as fucked up and mind-altering as before.

4 - The Internet - Hive Mind

The best thing they've done. Smooth, nuanced, subtle and funky. Gets better with each listen.

5 - Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World

The return of Max Tundra! It's tempting to dismiss D&C as his puppets but they deliver his hyperactive material perfectly.

6 - Mitski - Be the Cowboy
7 - Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer
8 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food
9 - Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
10 - Tirzah - Devotion
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: chveik on December 07, 2018, 06:28:02 PM
I'd like to add to my list two great albums from french bands La Tène and France (drone/krautrock/folk):

https://fougeremusique.bandcamp.com/album/la-recherche-de-la-flexitude-du-temps

https://wearethreefour.bandcamp.com/album/abandonn-e-mal-ja

And the best metal album of the year (imo), Love in Shadow by SUMAC:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwmeIbwlv9M&list=PLISGyrohN_iwf5ELFZxTFpOojQYavwA5U
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 07, 2018, 06:49:59 PM
Gary War - Gaz Forth

So I gave this a go and whilst I do enjoy it, I'm somewhat uncertain about it, on the whole. It feels musically like a step back for Gary War and I far prefer his totally out-there weirdo electronic stuff to this, which just feels a bit too derivative of Ariel Pink (although he has always been a bit derivative). It feels like he's lost a lot of that bewildering, bizarre edge here, even if the songs are sufficiently decent and catchy. Given the option of more of this in future or a return to the freakish alien shit like Highspeed Drift (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDKOF_eyPrc), I'd definitely opt for the latter.

1 - Amen Dunes - Freedom

Totally absorbing, emotionally wrenching journey through swampy, psychedelic classic rock. And, that voice!

Glad to see this getting mentioned, it's such a brilliant album. I had the pleasure of seeing him live earlier in the year, (with the wonderful Delicate Steve on guitar duties, no less) and it was magnificent. I would have liked to hear more stuff off "Love", mind, but there was a bunch of stuff from "Through Donkey Jaw" in there and I couldn't complain really as the whole thing was cracking.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sevendaughters on December 07, 2018, 07:05:05 PM
So I gave this a go and whilst I do enjoy it, I'm somewhat uncertain about it, on the whole. It feels musically like a step back for Gary War and I far prefer his totally out-there weirdo electronic stuff to this, which just feels a bit too derivative of Ariel Pink (although he has always been a bit derivative). It feels like he's lost a lot of that bewildering, bizarre edge here, even if the songs are sufficiently decent and catchy. Given the option of more of this in future or a return to the freakish alien shit like Highspeed Drift (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDKOF_eyPrc), I'd definitely opt for the latter.

see I think the opposite - this is the first record of his that I've been really able to get my teeth into. He's always had great tunes like the one you linked and 'Reality Protest' and the great 'Police Water', but I feel that they're somewhat (too much?) in hoc to the production idiosyncrasies of his peers. for me he sounds better-served and more fully realised when you can hear the odd bar/phrase lengths and musical juxtapositions that underpin his weirdness, rather than having some easy production signifier for 'weird' obscuring this formal intrigue. i admit that the songs here are not as original as previous ones may have been, but this is still too far out there enough for most.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: gout_pony on December 08, 2018, 12:19:27 AM
I'm sure once I work through some of your lists I'll find gems so I want to make it clear that this isn't just friend promotion but partly my own difficulty in navigating current music scenes... but my favourite album/EP of the year has been my rather Joe's rather silly Horse Bench album because it's one of the only pieces of art released this year which has consistently cheered me up.

https://wendymiasma.bandcamp.com/releases (https://wendymiasma.bandcamp.com/releases)

If you choose to check any of it out, I recommend 'Skeleton Salesperson' most highly.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: gout_pony on December 09, 2018, 08:16:44 PM
https://wearethreefour.bandcamp.com/album/abandonn-e-mal-ja

This is transfixing, but I find it pretty deeply disturbing. It's like my soul has been put on trial in 1400s France!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: gout_pony on December 09, 2018, 08:17:27 PM
Seriously, it's kind of fucking me up!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: jobotic on December 09, 2018, 09:51:47 PM
Yeah, it's mesmerising but I feel a bit sick.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: chveik on December 09, 2018, 10:06:56 PM
Hehe. I'm glad you're enjoying it !
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: DukeDeMondo on December 13, 2018, 06:11:58 PM
I’m so sorry about this. Am. Jesus sake. Near 5000 fucking words here. Absolutely fucking full of myself. If any record this year was fit to enchant me half as much as the sound of my own voice enchants me then it was some enchanting fucking boy of a record, alright, fuck knows.

Anyway

This has been the best year for new music in junkyard dung knows even how long. If you want my opinion. Every other week, it seemed, something else was kicking the fucking doors down all over again, upending the whole shebang another time, pulling the yin through the yang to the devil.

The result is that I’ve found it very, very difficult to whittle my list down to anything approaching anything halfways manageable at all.

Here anyway are my Top Picks. The title of each album links to my current favourite track from each, or the one that I think’s maybe most representative, or the one that makes most sense to start with if you’re hearing it for the first time. The exception is the Tierra Whack one. That links to the whole 15 minute long “visual album.” Also, The Number One Of All aside, they’re not in any particular order.

The Number One Of All


Pusha T: DAYTONA (https://youtu.be/SJzFSxe__fg) / Kanye West: ye (https://youtu.be/qAsHVwl-MU4) / Kids See Ghosts: KIDS SEE GHOSTS (https://youtu.be/XtkW3cuMNfM)

This summer was fucking magical for me, the best in many, many years, and a good chunk of that magic had all to do with Kanye West and this ridiculous five albums in five weeks stunt that he decided to pull. Waiting for those records to drop every Friday, waiting for them to be fixed sometimes maybe on the Saturday or Sunday, comparing what you thought about them on Monday to what you thought about them three days prior when they first knocked your knees out from under you in whatever state they were in at that time, Jesus it was a rush and a half, but. DAYTONA is probably the most consistently great of the lot, but I found ye the most arresting by far, and the most moving, and the most relatable, and the most surprising. For some reason I had expected a far less adventurous sort of a set from our man this time around. I don’t know why I thought that, but I did. Couple minutes into “I Thought About Killing You” and any notions along those lines had been dashed to kingdom come. I remember I listened to it in two-track chunks for the whole of that first day, for I wanted the thing to last forever. By the time I got to “Ghost Town” it was late in the evening and I was walking along the banks of the Bann on my own and my body just fucking went to fucking pot, like. Jesus I was for nothing. Just stood there with my mouth open and my fists clenched, playing it over and over. Geese just pure gawking at me. I was walking on the opposite side of the same river a week later when I first heard “Feel The Love” off KIDS SEE GHOSTS, then called “4th Dimension” owing to whatever sort of a titling / sequencing cock-up it was that went on, and it was so fucking good that I thought that my head was for cracking open under the weight of it. For cracking open and falling about me in bits. Just a singed tongue hanging out the top of my neck licking limply at nothing every so often. BRAKK-A-KA-RAKK. Sake, but. Blew me to pieces. 

In the end, although I had some issues with the odd track here or there, and although my opinion of some of those records has shifted a bit in the weeks and months since -  I rate the Teyana Taylor one a good bit higher now than I did at the time, for example, and the Nas one a wee bit lower – every one of them was fucking phenomenal, really. I can’t decide which of those three up there is my Favourite Of Them All, so I’m putting them all at #1. That’s all there is to it. No telling which one’s better. No separating them. They’re all pouring out of other and over the top of the other all bloody roads and directions.


The Rest In No Particular Order 
 


Low: Double Negative (https://youtu.be/Sgcy8FtVeu4)

I haven’t listened to Low very much at all these past few years, I don’t know for how long they’ve been edging towards this fucking colossal, dizzying eruption of distortion and crackling and sweeping and panning, but I know it’s nothing I was expecting to hear from them, or from anyone else really. It bears a surface similarity to Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, I suppose, an observation that I’m sure has already been wrung dry and shook done by absolutely everyone else on Earth that has ever had reason to hear both albums, and like that record it has rendered completely, gloriously “other” an act that I thought I knew pretty solidly inside out, and had grown a bit bored of, to be honest. But it’s not as fractured and skittish as 22, A Million. The melodies for the most part aren’t anywhere near as difficult to grab hold of. Not difficult at all, really, a lot of the time. And yet they still feel alien as glass eyes blinking from the back of a donkey’s throat. Times, like in “Fly,” for example, it feels like I’m trying to listen to a Bronski Beat song that's only ever partially downloaded, played at three quarter speed through a speaker on a fucking soldering iron.

Mount Eerie: (after) (https://youtu.be/RLtVDiPJTJM)

The second truly brilliant Mount Eerie album of 2018, far as I’m concerned, presumably completing the trilogy that started with 2017’s utterly harrowing A Crow Looked At Me (a string of songs about the death of Phil Elverum’s wife written in the days and weeks that followed), continued with this year’s Now Only (also about the death of Phil Elverum’s wife but then also about the writing and recording and performing of a bunch of obsessively detailed songs about the death of Phil Elverum’s wife), and then concluding with this, in which a selection of those songs about the death of Phil Elverum’s wife and those songs about the songs about the death of Phil Elverum’s wife are performed live in an ancient old church located somewhere in the Netherlands. The performances are quiet and aching and the songs are desperately sad, full of tiny, wounded observations and asides and also some overwritten lyrics and some meandering hardly-melodies (Phil Elverum has called this stuff “barely music”) that just make the whole thing that much more affecting. It’s not some humourless fucking slog through the muck, though. Not at all. Funny, even, sometimes, you would say. “Now Only,” for example, makes me laugh plenty, albeit in a sort of a snorting through my snotters, tears still blinding me kind of way. Self-deprecating. Confused and bemused, half time. Kind of “what the fuck even is this that’s going on” feel to it all. The bits about somehow finding himself sharing a bill with Skrillex “singing these death songs to a bunch of young people on drugs.” The nonchalant contextualisation (“the person I love got killed by a bad disease out of nowhere / and for no reason / and me living in the blast zone with our daughter and etc…”). The absolute certainty in the “my devastation is unique” followed by an almost audible shrug and a cheerful singalong affirmation that, actually, really, it’s not. Not at all. “People get cancer and die / And people get hit by trucks and die…” It’s just extraordinary. It’s an extraordinary, haunted, humble, beautiful album and it’s absolutely captivating. If you’re in the mood. If you’re not, well, I dunno, chances are it isn’t.

Georgia Anne Muldrow: Overload (https://youtu.be/_h5xtQddIuE)

I could pretend like I knew all the fuck there was to know about Georgia Anne Muldrow long before this record ever appeared, that I knew all about how woke she was, that I knew everything knowable about the colossal number of albums she apparently puts out in the course of a year, that I’d heard all of them a hundred and twenty times and was frankly a bit fucking sick of the woman by now, to tell you nothing but the truth. The reality is that I hadn’t a wizened engine’s notion about who the hell she was or why she was it when I first put this album on whenever it was that I did. I still don’t know very much, but I know that this is fucking stunning stuff. To my ignorant ears it sounds a bit like ArchAndroid-era Janelle Monáe shot through the Björk of a few albums ago. She has some sort of connection to the Sun Ra Arkestra, I think, but it’s almost a decade since I was pretending to listen to far more Sun Ra than I was listening to, so I don’t know. You’ll know more than me. But this is something special. Unless it isn’t. Unless she’s throwing things like this out of her every other fucking week.   

Denzel Curry: Ta13oo (https://youtu.be/hMI86-muHzU)

Another artist I knew nothing about, and who totally stamped my ribs in by way of introduction. For a while this was my second favourite album of the year. Banger after banger after banger. It’s got some sort of loose concept going on, it’s divided into three separate acts that supposedly take us to ever darker and grimmer places as we proceed. I don’t know how well that works out, but it does get increasingly wilder about the eyes as it rattles by. I’ve since heard a fair bit of his earlier stuff – primarily thanks to our chveik – and to be honest a fair bit of that sounds a fair bit like a fair bit of this. To me, anyway. To me it seems like he’s been throwing some of these same sorts of shapes for a while. But it does have new-fangled thoughts in its head, it does push things forward, and even if it didn’t, fuck it, like, virtually every track on this thing is immense. The hooks are huge, the pace is relentless… My favourite 2018 record by an artist I hadn’t previously heard tell of that had already put out records.

Soccer Mommy: Clean (https://youtu.be/fRjiPEFMAXY)

This is actually the third album by Swiss-born, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Sophie Allison but the first “proper” one, by the talk. She’s been described as a sort of grungier, scrungier, more belligerent Taylor Swift, and there’s something in that, I’ve described her that way myself to folk at times, but it’s also pretty reductive. There’s far more going on in her humours. Anyway I really liked this album when I first heard it, then it fell away down the stairs for a while and I largely forgot all about it until I saw her and her band supporting Kacey Musgraves about a month ago, and then here it was again back up on top of my shoulders, this Clean, pulling away at my hair and flicking fuck out my earlobes all sore. What drew me back in was a cover of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” – one of dozens that seem to be in circulation at the minute, whatever the hell’s the meaning – that she performed that night all on her own having sent her band away out the road and brought the red lights down around her, just her and her guitar and the waves of reverb billowing outwards and, aw man, swear, properly took the breath from me. I found out later that she’d recorded that song (https://youtu.be/NPTE02IodLg) a wee while ago, and when I’d sickened myself listening to that over and over the next few days and nights I went back to Clean, and it was better than ever, and it’s been throwing the knives and the forks about my kitchen ever since.

Tierra Whack: Whack World (https://youtu.be/EOTebhPy04g)

15 songs in 15 minutes isn’t maybe all that big of a deal if your favourite bands are all a bunch of screaming, clattering, shouting angry bastards writing songs that would never lower themselves to darken the 61st second of anything, but I think this is a big deal, this album, these 15 wonderful songs in 15 minutes. Every one of them is a small marvel: witty, catchy as fuck, full of ideas and invention. I fell in love with it instantly. It was a while before I saw the accompanying video – it’s a “visual album,” know, is, although thankfully the visual element is far more fun and far less full of its own arse than that appellation often indicates – and I was maybe slightly less impressed by that than others have been, but still, the music’s blinding. It’s undoubtably frustrating too, at times. Stoking frustration is definitely a big part of what it’s up to. Your man Fantano said it was a bit like listening to the 30 second previews of a bunch of really brilliant songs and then not being allowed to hear the rest of them, and it is like that here and there, but it’s still a full and exhilarating experience overall. Radical sort of a thing, really, I suppose, at a time when everyone feels entitled to listen to whatever the fuck they want to listen to for as long as they want to listen to it as soon as they want to listen to it. Frustration in this key isn’t something we’re used to dealing with any more, really. But, you feel it here. You do want tracks like “Hookers” and “Pet Cemetery” to last four times as long as they do. Pleading with them to come in and take their coats off, but they won’t. Other tracks, stuff like “Silly Sam” and “Fuck Off,” the latter among my favourites, they might start casting the shadows of gimmicky novelty songs if there was much more flesh on their bones, they might start to annoy you a bit, maybe, but at 60 seconds they’re around just long enough for that never to have to happen, and the record couldn’t do without them.

Death Grips: Year Of The Snitch (https://youtu.be/IAna_rBuWxQ)
 
This is undoubtedly my favourite Death Grips album since The Money Store. Just fucking frothing and seething and bouncing from one end to the other. The opening track is one of my favourite tracks of the year, but the whole thing left me delirious. Complicated and intricate and synapse-sozzling as ever but it’s just fun as fuck, like. Fun as fuck. No end of peaks. “Shitshow” speeding face-first into the wall over and over till its teeth are fucked halfway up into its eyeballs and it’s grinning at you out of the side of its skull. “The Fear” tinkling about the lampshades and across the ceilings all spindly and arachnid like. “Streaky” strutting about with its shirt ripped open and its tits all glitching and wonky. Sure for Christ sake. It’s not mayhem, but there’s a lot of fucking mayhem in its bones. I adored it, and I still do.

Colter Wall: Songs Of The Plains (https://youtu.be/E-GLE_zo2MY)

Another I went backwards and forwards with. On the one hand it’s a stellar collection of stark, atmospheric Dave Cobb-produced railyards and ranches, beans and sawdust, old school country songs after the fashion of a less metaphysically-minded Sturgill Simpson or someone like this, and I’ve listened to it loads since it came out and I really enjoy every track that’s on it. On the other hand there’s something a bit… I dunno, a bit plastic about the whole construction. A bit dress-up. I don’t know if that’s fair or it isn’t. I don’t know if the notions I have in my head about these kinds of songs and this genre in particular are causing me to misread “really fucking young” as “really fucking inauthentic,” to misread “character-led” as “phoney,” and I don’t know if “inauthentic” or “phoney” even mean anything or they don’t any more. Storytelling’s storytelling, innit. He hasn’t written a song called “Saskatchewan in 1881” because he’s trying to hoodwink you into thinking he was there at the time. But with this sort of thing, you need to believe that he could have been, I think. When he insists that you “better fly ‘fore I produce my .44,” you really need to believe that he might. It’s not always the case that I do. Believe him. Regardless of the texture and the timbre and the album cover and the hat and the boots and all of that. Just, I dunno, something. Something a bit Grindhouse (2007), would you say? But. The quality of the songs and of the performances is undeniable. And his voice is phenomenal. He’s only about three farts old but he sounds like Methuselah. If this album was recorded in 1968 by some absolute waste of gums and marrow, some utterly useless burden of a being that choked to death on his first boak of the morning ten minutes after stepping outside the studio it’d be one of my favourite albums ever made. It’s not really Colter Wall’s fault that he’s a young, good looking, talented, and successful singer-songwriter releasing albums in 2018. But to fuck with it all. It’s good, anyway. And it’s not like he doesn’t know all this. “I know I’m young,” he sings. “I know I’m young / I’ve seen too few / A setting sun.” His debut EP wasn’t called Imaginary Appalachia for nothing. It was called that because he knows all this.

Mitski: Be The Cowboy (https://youtu.be/nK84dWFj8Lw)

More folk being cowboys on the batter, and another number that shot up through the roof and blasted the heavens to bejeesus first time I heard it and then disappeared only to come sneaking back again a while later. Couple nights ago, in fact, is when it reappeared. I’d been talking about it with a dear friend of mine after perusing the Pitchfork Top 50 – within which, if you don’t already know, it ranks pretty fucking highly – and I realised that whilst two of its tracks – “Why Didn’t You Stop Me” and “Old Friend” – have gone on to become two of my very favourite tracks of this or any other year, I’d kind of forgotten about a lot of the rest of it. Last time I listened to it I got a bit exhausted or a bit tired of it or something half way through. Seemed much more front-loaded than it had before. Dazzles and suckerpunches at the outset and it sustains that astonishment for the next few tracks but then settles into a comfortable groove for a pretty long time with nothing particularly outstanding going on. Yesterday I put it on again, except this time I started at track 6, and what I discovered is that actually the second half is brilliant too, just maybe not as immediate as the first. “I gave too much of my heart tonight,” she sings on the first track I clicked on this time round, and I think that was partly the issue. There was just too much of the same really fucking good thing for me to deal with all at once. I got bliss-fatigue or something, shit knows. Never noticed “Nobody” before, really, even though it’s really reminiscent of Music Go Music and I loved Music Go Music like, aw, fuck, man, loved them. Never noticed the next track, really, either. “Pink In The Night.” Never noticed how lovely a thing it was. It is. Lovely. Times it sounds like a cover of something off Viva Hate. “I could stare at your back all day,” she says.

Troye Sivan: Bloom (https://youtu.be/4pxdGNVqwnA)

As good and solid a pop album as any released this year, I reckon. A bunch of huge sounding, vibrant, hook-heavy songs about bottoming-anxiety and nervous exploration and using Grindr before you were old enough to be using it and then, conversely, navigating “The Scene” when you’re staring so far down the barrel of your mid-20s that you might as well be fucking invisible, and all this kind of thing. Inviting Ariana Grande up onto the table one minute, huddling away in the corner quoting “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” the next. It’s fantastic, if not entirely flawless. There’s not a huge amount of variation, really, and as he says himself, “even the sweetest plum has only got so long.” Also, the production sometimes seems to be working against the songs rather than with them. Something a bit stifling about it sometimes. But, whatever, they are mostly tremendous songs – “I want to skip stones on your skin, boy,” for Christ sake – so it matters little in the end.   

SOPHIE: Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides (https://youtu.be/lZ6ppVyWgCI)
 
If it wasn’t for all the Kanyee this might have been my #1 best of the year. After hearing Kanye’s contributions to that prodigiously rotten 6ix9ine album that came out the other day it actually was #1 for a bit. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe the interbelching complexities of the myriad of maddening hisses and thuds and grunts and grinds and screeches among its components, but I know that this Oil… is as sublime and terrifying and awesome a record as any I’ve heard this year. A lot of the time, this year, for different reasons, I’ve been craving more visceral sorts of things, pulverising sort of stuff, and although this is plenty cerebral, and although there are delicate, fragile moments too, it’s also fit to pound you into fucking puddles, and that’s what I wanted and needed. See also:

Abigor: Höllenzwang (Chronicles of Perdition) (https://youtu.be/adnaV2MZI5U)

Around the start of the autumn I found myself listening to a lot of Emperor again. Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk in particular. Listened to it most nights for a while. Och. Never done with this bloody Welkin. Walking through the town in the wee hours with all these various Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk in my ears, in and out of the churchyards and down along deserted alleyways and up over the fences and the gates, ducking and darting hither and thon. Anyway a day came when there was a storm in the post, terrible brutes of winds were predicted, and I wanted something akin to those Anthems to listen to while I was out and about in them. I didn’t know much about what was going on in black metal in 2018, but I have a good friend who knows all about it, so I asked him to recommend something in that fashion and this Höllenzwang, these Chronicles of Perdition, these are what he pointed me towards. I first listened to it whilst walking an unlit country road at one in the morning with the winds thrashing me left and right and with jagged and ancient things all directions. It overwhelmed me and I felt a euphoria hard to credit, besieged and consumed by darknesses beyond number. Listening to it again the following day, sat on the toilet in my parents’ bathroom with my both legs dead and my guts knotted with shits in all different states of becoming, it sounded every bit as impressive as it did the night before. I don’t really know how it ranks among other albums of similar stock released in 2018, I haven’t heard a whole lot, but it’s the only man for me of what I have heard.

Things I Also Really Loved, Just Not As Much As The Others, Or Not As Much Right Now

Ian Isiah: Shugga Sextape (Vol. 1) (https://youtu.be/kbiMdthsXOU) (The only reason this isn't in the list proper is that I've only had a chance to listen to it a couple times and that's not enough to know for sure that it's truly as brilliant as I think it is right now. But I think that it's fucking brilliant. Packed with shimmering, wild, unhinged and unruly majestic autotuned whirls that I doubt I could ever tire of.)

Christina Aguilera: Liberation (https://youtu.be/Zo50UzRYdNI) (I’m a fan of Xtina, always have been, and I’d say that this is easily her best album since Stripped. Not as good as Stripped, like, but it’s not a million miles away either. The tracks that Kanye was involved with are my favourites, but the rest is often excellent too.)

Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (https://youtu.be/maONL_HfI20) (I loved the two albums before this, and I loved this one too when I first heard it, but despite all the acclaim it has received, and despite how awesome these songs sounded live, there’s just… I dunno. There’s something missing in the middle. There’s no bite to any of it. Lacks personality a bit, I think, compared to, say, Pageant Material. Bangers for days, though.)

03 Greedo: God Level (https://youtu.be/mjr9yUkJUjQ) (I was shouting about how this was my favourite hip-hop album of the year before ever the first couple of tracks had ever finished, then maybe ten or twenty minutes later it was my favourite album of the year full stop and that was that. Now it’s neither of those things, but, well, I’m prone to it, this sort of hyperbole and huff and puff. It is excellent, though, even if it does go on a bit, and even if it does become a bit repetitive after a while, and even if the ceaseless anxiety does start to wear you down long before the end. Man’s just been sentenced to 20 years for next to nothing, like. You can give him 90 minutes of your time.)

Daphne And Celeste: Daphne And Celeste Save The World (https://youtu.be/YfXbxkahito) (Some days this is in my top 10 and then some days, other days, it isn’t. Today it isn’t, but tomorrow, I dunno. Very little on this that doesn’t make me giddy and light headed. Maybe it is in my top 10. Damnation only knows.)

JPEGMAFIA: Veteran (https://youtu.be/YmIxEYpOzAE) (This too was in my Top 10 for a long time, but, I don’t know. “Real Nega” and one or two other tracks are unbelievably fucking good, amazing, but if they're lifted out of the picture the album as a whole isn’t maybe as impressive as it seems to be with the shock of those tracks reverberating through it. That’s a bit of a useless observation, really. “It’s great, but if you took out some of the stuff that made it great would it still be great?” Shut up.)

Kali Uchis: Isolation (https://youtu.be/ZMm-M3Y1ISI) (I’m glad this has received so much in the way of the adulation and the plaudits and all the rest, it’s largely fantastic. Both “Your Teeth In My Neck” and “In My Dreams” are high up my Best Tracks Of 2018 list. I was less taken with some of the rest of the songs on here but so what.)

Right.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 13, 2018, 07:15:34 PM
Great work, Duke. I'll give that a proper read in a bit. Looking forward to your insights as always.

This year seriously has been unreal for new music. I have now set myself the task of listening to, rating and ranking 100 albums (and a few EPs) from 2018. So far, I've done 85, and 67 of those are 7/10 or higher for me. I've got a bunch lined up which are already looking super tasty as well.

The Beach House is the shittest thing I've had the displeasure of sitting most of the way through so far. I wanted to be fair and cop the whole thing for a proper rating but it was unbearable.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on December 13, 2018, 07:36:41 PM
This is transfixing, but I find it pretty deeply disturbing. It's like my soul has been put on trial in 1400s France!
Yes, utterly brilliant and harrowing at the same time. The last track on there is monstrous! Might have to grab one of these.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: rue the polywhirl on December 13, 2018, 10:26:35 PM
Don’t think there have been any good albums in 2018. None that could be deemed essential or returnable after one or two listens. Everything put out by anybody has seemed immensely average, pro forma and inconsequential. As a default option for best album of 2018 I’m going to have to nominate Bohemian Rhapsody: The Official Soundtrack.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: poodlefaker on December 14, 2018, 03:40:13 PM
Joe Armon-Jones Starting Today - excellent slice of the young London jazz scene. A bit spiritual, a bit dubby, a bit jazz-funky, some very laid-back mc-ing. Features Moses Boyd, Oscar Jerome, Nubya Garcia etc.

Makaya McCraven Universal Beings - excellent slice of the young Chicago jazz scene, etc etc. 22 tracks, but remarkably consistent. Imagine Ill Communication as a jazz album.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: DangledTeeth on December 14, 2018, 06:04:39 PM
1. Apathy - The Widow's Son
2. Hermit & The Recluse - Orpheus vs. The Sirens
3. Louis Cole - Time
4. Ghost - Prequelle
5. Lake Street Dive - Free Yourself Up
6. Jericho Jackson - Self-titled
7. Kimbra - Primal Heart
8. Murs - A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable
9. Masta Ace & Marco Polo - A Breukelen Story
10. Confidence Man - Confidence Music for Confident People
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Z on December 14, 2018, 06:24:33 PM
Second dud year in a row for albums for me tbh.

I mean, if you remove Daytona and Kids See Ghosts (and that one Nicolas Jaar album that was fantastic summer music) there's fucking nothing at all. 2017 looks a good deal better in retrospect though so maybe I missed something.

Albums I haven't heard yet which have potential:
- the one by Low seems like something that could really surprise me
- Idles seem to have gotten a lot of hype that totally passed me by
- Robyn has always underwhelmed me as far as albums go but who knows
- Tierra Whack's is 15 minutes long so that sounds good!
- Travis Scott, his previous album is kinda great so maybe?
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on December 14, 2018, 07:27:50 PM
One thing I've learned from this thread so far is how bizarrely out of touch I am these days. Although I've listened to at least 50 new albums this year, I've only heard of nine mentioned so far in this thread, and only actually listened to three of those.

It's also probably worth nothing this if you think there was nothing good this year. Sometimes you have to dig deep / away from the obvious, because there's so, so much music out there you're unaware of.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 14, 2018, 08:13:44 PM
saying there's been no good new music this year is the equivalent of one of those dads who's like "there's no bloody good rock bands these days, you know REAL music" on youtube videos of some dogshit quality Queen upload with misspelled lyrics

fuck off
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Ornlu on December 14, 2018, 11:19:23 PM
Mamaleek - Out Of Time
Kraus - Path
Iceage - Beyondless
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Dirt
The Soft Moon - Criminal
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited
Rope - Come Closer Now
Super Unison - Stella
Exploded View - Obey
Evil Blizzard - The Worst Show On Earth

also shout outs to the new Lovely Eggs, The Body, Gang Gang Dance, OPN, Parquet Courts, Daughters & Hot Snakes
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: easytarget on December 15, 2018, 05:32:02 AM
Daughters
late appearance given your avatar :)
most of 2018 was spent listening to bands I already like so :
Therapy? Cleave - fuck yeah Chris Sheldon producing again. Brilliant.
Half Man Half Biscuit No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin' Hedge Cut  - Urge for Offal was fine, this is much better.
Clutch Book of Bad Decisions - took a minute to get into this one, Clutch went through a bit of a 'rubbish' phase a while back and this is the first album I've bothered with in a while. Weaponized funk!
At The Gates To Drink From the Night Itself - HM2 Swedish death metal - grand, as good as Slaughter of the Soul (fight me).

Then, because all music is free and if you put the effort into listening to new music it can be really rewarding:
Deafheaven Ordinary Corrupt Human Love - "ooh, listening to that hipster metal there easytarget, ooh, would you like some bespoke wax for your stupid mustache?" whatever. wha'ver. whev-skis. This is fucking amazing and you should listen to it all the time. I didn't love the first two records but this is just right.
Then as the year closed in I just started listening to a ton of heavy stuff that came out this year, of note:
Skeleton Witch Devouring Radiant Light
Bloodbath The Arrow of Satan is Drawn
The Crown Cobra Speed Venom
and
NAG Nagged To Death
big dumb riffy metal. really fun

Baptists Beacon of Faith
Craft White Noise and Black Metal
heavy. deep.

I also quite liked the latest Judas Priest, Sleep and (what I heard of) Behemoth.
\m/
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Z on December 15, 2018, 09:29:07 AM
saying there's been no good new music this year is the equivalent of one of those dads who's like "there's no bloody good rock bands these days, you know REAL music" on youtube videos of some dogshit quality Queen upload with misspelled lyrics

fuck off
Plenty of good music, fuck all good albums.

Do albums even make sense anymore? I've no clue how a 20 year old who has never bought an album in their life approaches new music beyond automatically generated playlists.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Monsieur Verdoux on December 15, 2018, 10:29:11 AM
best new albums of 2018: MV's personal list

1) Bryan Ferry Bitter-Sweet
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Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Ornlu on December 15, 2018, 02:07:40 PM
late appearance given your avatar :)

Yeah - the art just struck me on a personal level. YWGWYW is recognisably great, but I still need more time with it.

Good shout on the new Clutch/Bloodbath/Craft too. Can't say I was as enamoured with Ordinary Corrupt Human Love though, I think I turned it off when the banjo came in. Fair craic, but not for me.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Nice Relaxing Poo on December 15, 2018, 04:19:47 PM
Clutch- Book of Bad Decisions (Not buying into the Clutch rubbish phase as mentioned above, the 2 previous albums to this are excellent too)
Yob- Our Raw Heart
Sleep- The Sciences
Suede- The Blue Hour
Deafheaven- Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Ghost- Prequelle
Amorphis-Queen of Time
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: easytarget on December 16, 2018, 03:31:42 AM
Clutch- Book of Bad Decisions (Not buying into the Clutch rubbish phase as mentioned above, the 2 previous albums to this are excellent too)
Lemme be clear :
Transnational -> Blast Tyrant are gold
Robot Hive -> Strange Cousins : What I consider to be Clutch being rubbish
Earth Rocker -> BoBD : Hey, look who's back, it's FUCKING CLUTCH SON!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: the ouch cube on December 16, 2018, 06:19:00 PM
Clutch have never been rubbish, but 'Earth Rocker' and 'Psychic Warfare' were a bit meat and potatoes. Haven't heard the new one.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: BeardFaceMan on December 16, 2018, 07:53:13 PM
Did I get into Clutch at the right time then? Only discovered them around Earth Rcoker and thought that and the 2 after it were quality stuff. Whqts tye next album of theirs I should try.

Another vote for Therapy?'s Cleave too, I'd put it in my top 3 albums of theirs of all time, its fucking great.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Kane Jones on December 17, 2018, 01:53:23 PM
saying there's been no good new music this year is the equivalent of one of those dads who's like "there's no bloody good rock bands these days, you know REAL music" on youtube videos of some dogshit quality Queen upload with misspelled lyrics

Agreed.

Can't be arsed to write about them, but here are my top 40 albums of the year.

TOP 10
Leifur James - A Louder Silence
Go March - II
Jacco Gardner - Somnium
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Spiralmaze - Dunes Of Dorlmeus
Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade
Kl(aüs) - Kl(aüs)
Anna Von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Bjørn Torske - Byen
Ghost - Prequelle

TOP 20
Head Technician - Profane Architecture
Roland Sebastian Faber - RSF
Hookworms - Microshift
Nosound - Allow Yourself
Thousand Foot Whale Claw - Black Hole Party
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Wasteland
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolvi
Steven Wilson - Home Invasion: In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall
Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie
Klaus Schulze - Silhouettes

TOP 30
John Grant - Love Is Magic
GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
Ceephax - Camelot Arcade
Phil France - Circle
Maribou State - Kingdoms In Colour
Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe Infinity
Chris Liebing & Ralf Hildenbeutel - Burn Slow
Gigi Masin - KITE
Nils Frahm - All Melody
Airsculpture - Travelling Light 

TOP 40
Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
Ross From Friends - Family Portrait
Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound
The Advisory Circle - Ways Of Seeing
Szun Waves - New Hymn To Freedom
Cremation Lily - In England Now, Underwater
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - An Angel Fell
Helios - Veriditas
The Field - Infinite Moment
Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World Of Beautify Junkyards
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: easytarget on December 17, 2018, 03:23:24 PM

Clutch have never been rubbish
Not by an ordinary band's standards but for Clutch - Robot Hive, Beal Street and Strange Cousins are rubbish.

Did I get into Clutch at the right time then? Only discovered them around Earth Rcoker and thought that and the 2 after it were quality stuff. Whqts tye next album of theirs I should try.

They've done loads of good records but Elephant Riders is where they make the jump from great to amazing.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: mrpupkin on December 17, 2018, 04:25:21 PM
My favourite this year was Deportation Blues by BC Camplight, a really unique pop album that’s distinctly woozy and of the night, with some wonderfully written songs and moments of utter beauty. Also a great story behind it about channelling despair over a shit situation (i.e. being deported) into art. I really love it, it’s been my companion through a rough time this year and I’m eternally grateful to the guy for making it. I would love for this post to inspire someone to give it a go and end up loving it too.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: SteveDave on December 17, 2018, 05:14:44 PM
My favourite this year was Deportation Blues by BC Camplight, a really unique pop album that’s distinctly woozy and of the night, with some wonderfully written songs and moments of utter beauty. Also a great story behind it about channelling despair over a shit situation (i.e. being deported) into art. I really love it, it’s been my companion through a rough time this year and I’m eternally grateful to the guy for making it. I would love for this post to inspire someone to give it a go and end up loving it too.

I've been bought this for Cmas and am looking forward to hearing the songs I've not heard Marc fucking Riley play.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 17, 2018, 05:25:33 PM
Plenty of good music, fuck all good albums.

Do albums even make sense anymore? I've no clue how a 20 year old who has never bought an album in their life approaches new music beyond automatically generated playlists.

Just because you think everyone's bumping mumblerap weekly hits playlists doesn't mean there aren't tons of kids discovering new or old music in album form and absorbing it in its entirety. I saw Mac Demarco and Death Grips play within the last 12 months and both crowds were chock full of kids around the 18-25 mark going apeshit/singing along to every song. Those kids are listening to albums. In fact, even trap - arguably the most popular type of music listened to by the yutes on the street today - is getting heavy album rotation. This year alone, Playboy Carti, Travis Scott and Cardi B have all released extremely well received full-lengths. So shove it grandpa.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Z on December 17, 2018, 09:22:06 PM
Just because you think everyone's bumping mumblerap weekly hits playlists doesn't mean there aren't tons of kids discovering new or old music in album form and absorbing it in its entirety. I saw Mac Demarco and Death Grips play within the last 12 months and both crowds were chock full of kids around the 18-25 mark going apeshit/singing along to every song. Those kids are listening to albums. In fact, even trap - arguably the most popular type of music listened to by the yutes on the street today - is getting heavy album rotation. This year alone, Playboy Carti, Travis Scott and Cardi B have all released extremely well received full-lengths. So shove it grandpa.
What makes you think they're discovering those acts in album form? I didn't say they weren't listening to any albums, it'd be a bit weird to not bother listening to Mac DeMarco's three albums when you're paying 35 pound to see him, just that the role of albums is quite muddled and uncertain at the moment.

Hasn't trap got a bit of a running issue in the form of deliberately long albums to manipulate streaming services? Rodeo is the only trap album I can think of that comes close to working; Young Thug and Future probably could have made good albums, but they didn't seem to show much interest in trying and it worked out pretty well for them.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on December 18, 2018, 04:20:37 PM
I think there's definitely an age range for whom the album is less important, certainly if we're talking about mainstream music (pop artists these days seem to rack up a significant number of singles before releasing anything, and plenty of singles from each album); for what you might call 'legacy' pop artists, albums still seem to play a big part - from Madonna to Britney, singles barely chart these days, but albums still do very well.

Although I don't bother with it anymore, the vaporwave scene introduced me to a lot of teenagers with broad taste, and they all listened to albums. And although individual sales may be down, according to Discogs listings, the number of albums released continues to rise: there are already 100,000 more albums released this decade than the previous, and we've still got a year to go. So, much like the CD, the album as a format is holding on far more than some might think.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: OnlyRegisteredSoICanRead on December 18, 2018, 04:27:52 PM

Although I don't bother with it anymore, the vaporwave scene introduced me to a lot of teenagers with broad taste,

Hanging around the school gates with copies of Floral Shoppe again?

-I'm making a cheap joke about a deliberate misunderstanding purlieu for humouous reasons, and I am in no leagal way saying that I think purlieu is kiddy-fiddler
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Howj Begg on December 18, 2018, 04:56:49 PM
Julia Holter- Aviary. It's ace.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sevendaughters on December 18, 2018, 05:00:40 PM
Scorpion by Drake broke streaming records
it was also the lowest-selling US #1 LP of all time
invariably some of those streamers will be picking and choosing the top tracks
some won't
the album feels part of the pre-poptimist era in some respects
but some artists feel, like cricketers with test matches, it is the real place where one's validity and mettle is tested
albums are also an efficient way to produce material for busy artists
so i think they're here to stay
especially as videos
remain online and in the tv margins
don't know why i formatted it like this
my other posts seem to get skimmed though
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: buttgammon on December 18, 2018, 07:55:25 PM
My two standouts of the year are Constant Image by Flasher and Powerhouse by Planningtorock, two opposite ends of the scale in a lot of ways but two really fun albums that are strangely topical.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 20, 2018, 04:51:46 PM
Scorpion by Drake broke streaming records
it was also the lowest-selling US #1 LP of all time
invariably some of those streamers will be picking and choosing the top tracks
some won't
the album feels part of the pre-poptimist era in some respects
but some artists feel, like cricketers with test matches, it is the real place where one's validity and mettle is tested
albums are also an efficient way to produce material for busy artists
so i think they're here to stay
especially as videos
remain online and in the tv margins
don't know why i formatted it like this
my other posts seem to get skimmed though

I always read your posts, I think you have good taste.

I think there's definitely an age range for whom the album is less important, certainly if we're talking about mainstream music (pop artists these days seem to rack up a significant number of singles before releasing anything, and plenty of singles from each album); for what you might call 'legacy' pop artists, albums still seem to play a big part - from Madonna to Britney, singles barely chart these days, but albums still do very well.

Is it just me, or are pop albums these days far more consistent, even if there are a large number of singles/teaser tracks that precede them? Kesha, Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera all spring to mind as artists whose most recent albums were pretty much solid throughout.

Personally speaking, aside from the 8-hour playlist of handpicked pop bangers I created on Spotify, I find any notion of playlist culture bewildering, as I almost never want to listen to one individual song of any particular artist and then move on to something else. I'm pleased that my attention span has stretched out again in the past year or so, but broadly speaking I'm an album listener through and through. An album's a fuckin' journey, man.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Crabwalk on December 20, 2018, 05:06:46 PM
MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2018

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Mildlife - Phase
Space jazz, krautrock and funk intertwine beautifully
Track: The Magnificent Moon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB5FS6c7218)

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Olden Yolk - Olden Yolk
Somewhere between Pentangle, The Soundcarriers and Neu!, but not really like any. Amazing songs.
Track: Vital Sign (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yelLYGvQ7g)

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Arp Frique - Welcome to the Colourful World of Arp Frique
Named in tribute to the Arp synth and 'Le Freak', an album of funky Afrobeat bangers. Orlando Julius plays on it so you know it's for real.
Track: Living in the Box (feat. Ed Motta) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkKF2XMfHPI)
 
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Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Lives up to the cover and title. Messy, scary, funny, fucking ace.
Track: You Let My Tyres Down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYWHjfVtoSM)

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DJ Khalab - Black Noise 2084
I am in no way equipped to describe this album, but it's an incredible mix of beats, electronics and field recordings that bends notions of past and present music, heritage and the future. See, I've made it sound wank. Some great guests on it though, such as Moses Boyd and Shabaka Hutchings
Track: Yaka Muziek (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0p-2tORhBE)

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Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg
I think it's his second best solo outing after 'Hotel Shampoo', mixing sharp and accurately misanthropic observations on our plight today with his trademark charm and melodious gifts.
Track: Limited Edition Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L09PSR7uQtU)

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The Orielles - Silver Dollar Moment
I've got no problem with young bands sounding like a host of older bands (The Pastels, Orange Juice, Kenickie etc) if they play with such joy and their songs are this good.
Track: Let Your Dog Tooth Grow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvqjG90qCdY)

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Melody’s Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
Look up what she went through to produce this schizoid, unshackled, psych-pop gem.
Track: Breathe In, Breathe Out (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh1fJvNa-o4)

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Nu Guinea - Nuova Napoli
After Fitness Forever's masterpiece from last year, here's another incredible album of Neopolitan space disco to spoil us.
Track: Parav’ Ajere (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lFMcGG-ydw)

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Paul White - Rejuvenate
This is an endlessly enjoyable album, blending hazy beats, soul, R&B and ambient sounds. He's a brilliant producer.
Track: Spare Gold (feat. Shungudzo) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzyJ7qYxffM)


A FEW FAVOURITE TRACKS FROM EPs, Reissues, Album Tracks etc...

Basa Basa - Homowo (reissue) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3kjrAP6veQ)
Connan Mockasin - Charlotte’s Thong  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2aKW7Cv9oU)
Cotonete - Layla  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8UA8Cw3NEo)
Domenico Lancellotti - Shanti Luz (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbb5_c3Fs2M)
Mark Renner - Half a Heart (reissue) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIywyRq0WIo)
Gönül Yazar - Sen Bir Yana (from ‘Turkish Ladies’ comp) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88HX4qnUg0g)
Mildlife - Phase II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nwskehP6Gs)
Lost Gringos - Tambo Machay (from ‘Uneven Paths’ comp) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrixCCy9gqs)
Peter Zummo - Song II: Right;Off the Beat (reissue) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSFQfD-Wmd4)
Petite Noir - Blame Fire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8LeT6x0vQw)
Virginia Wing - Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTvsGMU7SKg)
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: iamcoop on December 21, 2018, 01:36:02 AM
That Tropical fuck storm album is amazing! Thanks for the heads up, I’d never heard of them!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Crabwalk on December 21, 2018, 01:21:21 PM
You're welcome. It really is superb. Hoping to see them live next year at some point.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: non capisco on December 21, 2018, 04:15:33 PM
That Tropical fuck storm album is amazing! Thanks for the heads up, I’d never heard of them!

Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin from Tropical Fuck Storm used to be in another band The Drones (oooh, topical etc.) who you should definitely check out as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OkgaCRII7I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvFKQrlaIfg

I could bore professionally (and probably have on here already) about my towering, undimming love for 'Shark Fin Blues' by The Drones.

Liddiard recently produced a record by Batpiss called 'Rest In Piss' which is also pretty banging.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Crabwalk on December 21, 2018, 11:57:03 PM
^Listen to this man. He schooled me on TFS.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Kane Jones on December 22, 2018, 11:24:38 AM
That Mildlife album is fucking superb, Crabbers. Thanks for introducing it to me.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: purlieu on December 24, 2018, 08:44:49 PM
The Future Sound of London - From the Archives Vol. 9
Given that some tracks in here are very recent sessions, the 'archives' seem to have caught up with the modern day, with older tracks given drastic overhauls. FSOL are possibly more prolific than Aphex, so there are countless gems that didn't make 'proper' albums for time or style purposes. Opener 'Ocea' is a career highlight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZXsk-PIB1g

Chvrches - Love is Dead
This one took a while to grow on me, after initial disappointment. It's still not quite as strong as their first two (there's no need for trap beats in a Chvrches song, nor dull instrumental interludes on a Chvrches album), but a couple of months back I ended up playing it on repeat and most of the songs became lodged in my head.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHUKKrcXfJs

Simple Minds - Walk Between Worlds
Their best album since Sparkle in the Rain. Not a band song on here, and a lot of very good ones. Robotic drums and wistful melodies recall their early highlights.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD4jZQqTa4A

Orbital - Monsters Exist
It's hard for me to judge this, as I can't separate the 'main' album from the 3CD deluxe edition, which has a few of the set's highlights. Nevertheless, a couple of clunkers aside, the standard album is bloody excellent, with the Hartnolls expanding their horizons after a few poppy albums, and a couple of classic Orbital bangers in there. Some of the tracks are too bloody short (Paul's conviction that nobody listens to long tracks these days proved wrong by 'too short' being the biggest criticism of this and the last album), but almost all are strong.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H1-kD2Q05c

Abul Mogard - Above All Dreams
Gorgeous, immersive synth ambience. 'Upon the Smallish Circulation' is awe-inspiringly vast.
https://abulmogard.bandcamp.com/album/above-all-dreams

Dead Can Dance - Dionysus
Snappy, energetic, hugely atmospheric, soul-enrichingly beautiful. Although I do prefer their more medieval leaning stuff from the '80s, this immediately resonated with me - maybe my favourite DCD since 1990's Aion. The use of field recordings is always a plus for me, and although largely instrumental, this new direction suits them well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YsC32xLnkY

The Future Sound of London - My Kingdom Re-Imagined
The new versions of 'My Kingdom' are surprisingly strong - I'm not a huge fan of 'revisited' projects - and the new tracks are uniformly beautiful. The blend of newer and older sounds jars a little, though, keeping this that step short of greatness that I was hoping for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bce-ZPQ_lxA

Neotropic - The Absolute Everywhere
Riz Maslen's first album in almost a decade, and well worth the wait. An epic, dramatically orchestrated work of far-reaching anti-war hymns punctuated by occasional near-industrial beats.
https://slowcraft.bandcamp.com/album/the-absolute-elsewhere

Shinya Fukumori Trio - For 2 Akis
As bandleader, Fukumori takes a strangely back-seated role in this set of gorgeous miniatures for piano / sax / drums. The hugely melodic compositions are driven by Walter Lang, with Matthieu Bordenave providing excellent improvised leads over the top. Fukumori, however, rarely provides a pulse, instead using his kit to provide texture and atmosphere as much as rhythm (think the 'setting up kit' playing on Talk Talk's 'Myrrhman'.) Striking and memorable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRA0xM9szIw

Cleaners From Venus - Star Cafe
This is probably my favourite set of songs since Martin Newell went DIY and reverted to his Cleaners name eight years ago. Promoted as a musical and re-setting of Cinderella, the album sets plenty of stories to song in Newell's witty and hugely melodic style, ranging from the hilarious music hall of 'Dressed Like That' to the classic Cleaners pop of 'Juliet on a Bicycle'.
https://thecleanersfromvenus.bandcamp.com/album/star-cafe

Tord Gustavsen Trio - The Other Side
Originals and arrangements of folk pieces and Bach compositions by this piano-led trio.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myEZbQGqo9A

Ambidextrous - Echoes of Science
Epic sweeping IDM with some Tangerine Dream-style soloing. Stunning.
https://fantasyenhancing1.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-of-science

Domiziano Maselli - Ashes
Jagged shards of aching melody and thundering sound design.
https://opaltapes.com/album/ashes

Therapy? - Cleave
T? bring a surprisingly brutal affair after a disappointingly poppy single.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO5LhMSm73Y

Closing with a few I've yet to give enough time to...
Current 93 - The Light is Leaving Us All
Only given this a few spins so far, but the quiet, intimate nature is refreshingly after some intense and bleak works over the past ten years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjs0TRG9p68

Cleaners From Venus - Life in a Time Machine
Star Cafe was 18 tracks, so Martin dropping another 12 tracker in the same year as I also picked up a few of his '90s albums missing from my collection means this got very much overlooked here, although the few plays I gave it suggested great things.
https://thecleanersfromvenus.bandcamp.com/album/life-in-a-time-machine

Autechre - NTS Sessions
I haven't given elseq enough time yet, so fuck knows when I'll properly listen to this. It sounds bloody brilliant though.

The Future Sound of London - 2018 Calendar
Another wonderful track-a-month selection, including exclusives and previews of forthcoming records. The last track's yet to come in, but it's all been solid so far.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugQqR0Zdi4M

Nurse With Wound - Changez Les Blockeurs And
Steven Stapleton takes the classic New Blockaders album and feeds it through a blender, resulting in possibly the most challenging NWW album yet (which is definitely saying something). I honestly don't know what I make of this album, other than just how intimidating it is.

Off Land - Quiet Earth
Ambient versions of the dubby downtempo tracks on two recent albums (On Earth and Mineral Echoes). I've somewhat neglected my tape collection this year and thus this has been somewhat ignored. I plan on changing that in the future though. The compositions are all familiar from their original albums, however, and that's enough to recommend them as beautiful works.
https://offland.bandcamp.com/album/quiet-earth
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Shameless Custard on December 30, 2018, 12:16:34 AM
I didn't listen to nearly enough new albums this year to justify making a list, but here's some tunes that I very much did like

Kimbra - Like They Do On The TV
https://youtu.be/P7R-gn-b-8Y

Beak> - Brean Down
https://youtu.be/XCO84IFZ2zo

Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
https://youtu.be/tGRzz0oqgUE

Superorganism - Everybody Wants To Be Famous
https://youtu.be/mJQYRzAoErc

LSD - Genius
https://youtu.be/HhoATZ1Imtw

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Lying With You
https://youtu.be/g7b6J63QHXM

Kids See Ghosts - Feel The Love
https://youtu.be/XtkW3cuMNfM

Anna Calvi - Don't Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy
https://youtu.be/rJ-CtToFsWM

Ash - Did Your Love Burn Out?
https://youtu.be/BVy_TQFZYlM

Robyn - Because It's In The Music
https://youtu.be/v6l7wDNDQI8
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on December 30, 2018, 04:33:11 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/6rITLQm.png)

There it is, then, my favourite 100 albums/EPs of 2018. Even using the Topsters chart making thing and forgoing the arduous task of making a proper 1-100, this took a fair bloody while to sort out, but I figured if you're going to do something of this scale then you should make it as best you can.

As I've mentioned previously, this year has been incredible for new music, and it's been such a joy for me every day over the last few months to discover something new. This has breathed new life into my listening habits which over the last few years have become quite stale, and I've rediscovered the merits of a lot of different types of music, especially the more extreme/experimental end of things like The Body, Daughters, Eartheater, Deena Abdelwahed and KEN Mode. I'm very happy with this list.

I wish I could have discerned a little more on the top three to have crowned a proper number one spot, but all three were lacking just a little something that kept them from being faultless. Everything from 8.5 upwards is fantastic, though, without a doubt.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: Dirty Boy on December 30, 2018, 06:16:59 PM
But... but... you said Let's Eat Grandma were rubbish!! (a couple of years ago admittedly). It's one from this year that i need to return to, i wasn't sure about their new electro-pop direction at first.

The Residents album is decent, not brilliant.

Best archival release from this year: Hermeto Pascoal - E sua visão original do forró (https://hermeto.bandcamp.com/album/hermeto-pascoal-e-sua-vis-o-original-do-forr)
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: gout_pony on December 31, 2018, 12:15:05 AM
The Residents album is decent, not brilliant.

Yeh - listening to it again today. It has moments of excitement among stretches that seem to lack inspiration. I felt it inevitably missed Hardy. You need his indirect, obscure harmonies to counterbalance Homer's more direct approach to melody, I think. That said, I thought I am a Resident! was blooming brilliant. They're perverse in that way.

Very intrigued by Homer's claims of an upcoming God in Three Persons opera/ musical. Also really loved the Fingerprice Reissue.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: gout_pony on December 31, 2018, 12:18:31 AM
Also, thank you everyone for all your posts. I reckon we've probably got the best Best New Albums of 2018 thread going!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: WestHill on January 03, 2019, 09:22:53 AM
My #1 = Armand Hammer - Paraffin

Another apocalyptic space-rap banger from the peerless NY MCs

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z9qV_h0Q3YM (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z9qV_h0Q3YM)
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on January 03, 2019, 06:53:21 PM
But... but... you said Let's Eat Grandma were rubbish!! (a couple of years ago admittedly). It's one from this year that i need to return to, i wasn't sure about their new electro-pop direction at first.

Heheh, yeah, I've still got little time for their first album and would still spit at it from a distance as "CocoRosie for cunts", though I may be overly scathing there and will revisit it at some point, especially since I was so bowled over by how much I love "I'm All Ears". It really is a gorgeous thing. The CocoRosie nods are still here but it feels like they've found their own ground amongst their other peers - namely, I'd say, Grimes and Kero Kero Bonito - whilst branching out into more mature territory on the longer tracks in the album's second half. The way the album blossoms across its duration is something I'd definitely recommend going back for, if anything. Honestly, it's bloody great!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sardines on January 04, 2019, 09:10:06 AM

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade


I've been surprised not to see this on a few more lists to the point where I was wondering if one of the band members had been involved in a Hookworms-esque controversy which passed me by.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on January 05, 2019, 11:58:16 AM
I've been surprised not to see this on a few more lists to the point where I was wondering if one of the band members had been involved in a Hookworms-esque controversy which passed me by.

I just find them very dull on record. Nowt they've done really engages me to the point where I want to ever give it a second listen. I'd go and see them perform at the drop of a hat, though, as they were incredible when I saw them play Liverpool Psych Fest a couple of years back. Absolutely danced my arse off.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: jobotic on January 05, 2019, 12:03:06 PM
I just find them very dull on record. Nowt they've done really engages me to the point where I want to ever give it a second listen. I'd go and see them perform at the drop of a hat, though, as they were incredible when I saw them play Liverpool Psych Fest a couple of years back. Absolutely danced my arse off.

Yeah I'm the same. Loved Stereolab back in the day but time moves on and not so bothered about buying that type of thing these days.

Saw them in Ramsgate, probably on the same tour, and frugged away with a huge grin on my face all night. 

Remember that Turn On album from 1997? That was great.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: alan nagsworth on January 05, 2019, 12:22:09 PM
Yeah I'm the same. Loved Stereolab back in the day but time moves on and not so bothered about buying that type of thing these days.

Aye don't get me wrong (and I'm not saying you're any different, but) I still absolutely adore Stereolab. "Mars Audiac Quintet" is probably the ultimate stoned album for me. Have a few tokes and get completely lost in the heavenly drone of the thing. Bliss. "Dots and Loops" and "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" are also undeniably marvellous.

CoAM just don't hit the same buttons for me, there's something missing. Motorik krautrock doesn't seem to be a genre that's particularly well emulated in the new millennium and almost always I'll find myself thinking "sod this, I'll just whack some Neu! on instead". It's the same argument of most stoner metal vs. Black Sabbath, and although with that I can see past the gripes and do actively enjoy a lot of stoner bands, I can completely empathise with the case against. You want to keep a pioneering sound alive and you want to push the envelope but you also don't want to deviate too far from what made it so great in the first place. But realistically are you ever gonna be better than Black Sabbath? Nah.

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Remember that Turn On album from 1997? That was great.

I was not aware of this and I am enjoying it, thanks!
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: jobotic on January 05, 2019, 12:31:51 PM
Yeah you're not wrong. I sort of lost interest after Cobra and Phases, which I found a bit dull (last two songs aside, two of the best they've ever done). I bought that posh Sound Dust album but barely remember anything about it. I should sell it.

But still listen to the stuff I love regularly and still love it. Such an important band to me.
Title: Re: Best New Albums Of 2018
Post by: sardines on January 05, 2019, 03:31:43 PM
I just find them very dull on record. Nowt they've done really engages me to the point where I want to ever give it a second listen. I'd go and see them perform at the drop of a hat, though, as they were incredible when I saw them play Liverpool Psych Fest a couple of years back. Absolutely danced my arse off.

Generally agree with all of that but I think they nailed this album and it keeps giving more each time I listen.
Taking your point on not enjoying post-millenial kraut, I'm not sure I'll turn you around but the opener feels like a high point for that particular sound.

If anything though it is probably deceptive. The interesting stuff kicks in about halfway through - from 'Automatic Morning' and 'Feed Me Magnetic Rain' onwards, they start playing around with the formula. At one point there are even some lovely classic warm Warp-era sounds fed into the mix which make me grin like a bastard. None of it feels forced though, it is a very playful record.