As we head towards the end of the year, we enter a bit of a deadzone in terms of new music releases. There were still a few interesting pieces out there, but it really was slim pickings.
Top of the list was Aliment, with a blistering set of punk-rock anthems to counter the onslaught of Christmas cheese. Equally Ty Segall’s sixth album release of 2018 – this time with wife Denee Segall – also has some interesting moments of discordant rock.
Earl Sweatshirt and Brockhampton provide us with an RnB outro to 2018 and Beans on Toast’s tribute to becoming a father (and the dangers of having an omnipresent listening device in your house) also provides a lighter, folky touch to the month.
Overall, 2018 was a fantastic year for new music. Unfortunately December just wants a great representation of it.
1: Aliment – Brother
Standout track: Flesh and Gold
2: The c.i.a. – The c.i.a.
Standout track: Fear
3: Amor – Sinking into a Miracle
Standout track: Phantoms of the Sun
4: Selling – On Reflection
Standout track: Keeping Txme
5: Sophie – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-insides
Standout track: Immaterial
6: Beans on Toast – A Bird in the Hand
Standout track: Alexa
7: Steve Kilbey – Sydney Rococo
Standout track: Sydney Rococo
8: Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
Standout track: Shattered Dreams
9: Willard Grant Conspiracy – Untethered
Standout track: All We Have Left
10: Brockhampton – Idridescence
Standout track: Berlin