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This year I started with a longlist of about 200 records, so even just picking a top 60 was pretty challenging. This has been one of the best years for music in quite a long while. I’d say there are fewer usual suspects on the list this year, and the top album of the year is by a completely new artist from London. Who is it? Let’s get to it:

  1. Laurel – Dogviolet (Counter)
  2. Straight Arrows – On Top (Agigated)
  3. ORB – The Space Between (Flightless)
  4. Cut Worms – Hollow Ground (Jagjaguwar)
  5. Rik and the Pigs – A Child’s Gator (Total Punk)
  6. L’éclair – Polymood (BBIB) 
  7. RVG – A Quality of Mercy (Fat Possum)
  8. Power – Turned On (In the Red)
  9. Kikagaku Moyo – Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain)
  10. Triptides – Visitors (RPUT)
  11. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage (Domino)
  12. Hana Vu – How Many Times Have You Driven By (Luminelle)
  13. Rays – You Can Get There From Here (Trouble In Mind)
  14. Tommy Genesis – s/t (Downtown)
  15. The Exbats – I Got the Hots For Charlie Watts (Burger)
  16. Winter – Ethereality (self-released)
  17. Snail Mail – Lush (Matador)
  18. Molly Nilsson – 2020 (Dark Skies/Night School)
  19. Frankie Cosmos – Vessel (Sub Pop)
  20. The Pesos – Laissez Faire (Lolipop)
  21. The Shacks – Haze (Big Crown)
  22. Sugar Candy Mountain – Do Right (PIAPTK)
  23. Sunwatchers – II (Trouble In Mind)
  24. The Creation Factory – s/t (Lolipop)
  25. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)
  26. Thee Oh Sees – Smote Reverser (Castle Face)
  27. Winter & Triptides – Estrela Mágica (self-released)
  28. Escape-ism – The Lost Record (Merge)
  29. Altin Gün – On (Les Disques Bongo Joe)
  30. The C.I.A. – s/t (In the Red)
  31. The Love-Birds – In the Lover’s Corner
  32. Wyatt Blair – Inspirational Strawberries
  33. Cheap Tissue – s/t
  34. Gee Tee – s/t
  35. The Shifters – Have a Cunning Plan
  36. Sick Thoughts – s/t
  37. Nice Biscuit – Digital Mountain
  38. Anna St. Louis – If Only There Was a River
  39. Mystic Braves – The Great Unknown
  40. Richard In Your Mind – Super Love Brain
  41. Warm Bodies – s/t
  42. Ty Segall & White Fence – Joy
  43. The Holydrug Couple – Hyper Super Mega
  44. La Luz – Floating Features
  45. Jenn Champion – Single Rider
  46. Las Rosas – Shadow by Your Side
  47. Soccer Mommy – Clean
  48. Jordan Jones – s/t
  49. Shark Toys – Labyrinths
  50. King Tuff – The Other
  51. Erik Nervous – Assorted Anxieties 
  52. School Shooter – Alien Mode
  53. No Babies – Someone to Watch Over Me
  54. Bat Fangs – Bat Fangs
  55. Surfbort – Friendship Music
  56. Primo – Amici
  57. Queen of Jeans – Dig Yourself
  58. School Damage – A to X
  59. The Lavender Flu – Mow the Glass
  60. Exit Group – Adverse Habitat

Hats off to Winter for appearing twice and Triptides for making it onto both the singles and the albums list. Also well done to Ty Segall who released five great records this year. Gaye Su Akyol is the best gig I’ve seen in 2018 – at Alice in Copenhagen. Although Nick Cave at Roskilde was captivating too. A playlist of tracks from both lists is coming up soon, so keep checking the website in January.

The best Swedish albums of the year were:

Majken – Young Believer
Ängie – Suicidal Since 1995
Testbild! – Stad
The Alloy Six – Monday Mirror
Linda Sjöquist – Hogar Monochromático

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January 1, 2019

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