My Favorite Releases of 2018

Here we are again. I almost didn’t make a list this year. There seems to be a growing aversion for year-end lists out there. But if I continue to tally my favorites, it gives me the opportunity to revisit and rediscover some releases I had forgotten about. Plus, if these lists raise awareness and someone subsequently buys an album, then I feel good about that too.

Thanks to the ideas and handiwork of Avalon Emerson and some talented developers, almost all of the releases below can be found in my Bandcamp playlist. Support the artists and may your holidays be merry and bright! Or meditative and dark.

  • 51717 – Paranoia Star
  • Abul Mogard – Above All Dreams
  • Anthéne – Divisions
  • Autechre – NTS Sessions 1-4
  • Bvdub – Drowning in Daylight
  • Celldöd – Fragmenterade Minnen
  • Certain Creatures – Nasadiya Sukta
  • Chris Carter – Chemistry Lessons Volume 1
  • cv313 – Analogue Oceans
  • De Leon – De Leon
  • Dedekind Cut – Tahoe
  • DeepChord – AI-10: Immersions
  • Eternell – Beneath An Endless Sky
  • HIDE – Castration Anxiety
  • High Aura’d – If I’m Walking In The Dark, I’m Whispering
  • Hiro Kone – Pure Expenditure
  • Kohl – Learned Ethics / Imposed Ethics
  • Landing – Bells In New Towns
  • Liziuz – Geschichten des Lebens
  • M. Geddes Gengras – Hawaiki Tapes
  • Markus Guentner – Empire
  • Meitei – Kwaidan
  • Mount Shrine – Winter Restlessness
  • Mutant Beat Dance – Mutant Beat Dance
  • No Honey From These – The Twelve Secret Hometape Sessions
  • Omit – Enclosures 2011-2016
  • Operant – Harnessed To Flesh
  • Organic Dial – Pristiq E.P.
  • Pod Blotz – Light Mass Body
  • Rafael Anton Irisarri – Sirimiri
  • Shorelights – Ancient Lights
  • Sigīta Seyr – Compos Mentis
  • Silent Servant – Shadows Of Death And Desire
  • Skee Mask – Compro
  • Space Afrika – Somewhere Decent To Live
  • SRSQ – Unreality
  • Sterile Hand – Sterile Hand
  • Steve Roach – Return To The Dreamtime
  • Submersion – Circular
  • Terekke – Improvisational Loops
  • Them Are Us Too – Amends
  • Topdown Dialectic – Topdown Dialectic
  • Visitor – Expat
  • Warmth – Parallel
  • Yo La Tengo – There’s A Riot Going On

 

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