Staff Albums of the Year 2018

Leah (Rough Trade Nottingham)

Leah

1. Parquet Courts - Wide Awaaaake!

They have an undeniable sound that is so them... But this album seems to have added fun. It makes me smile every time I hear it. It's Parquet Courts being their best Parquet Courts!

2. Insecure Men - Insecure Men

The front cover tells you exactly what this record is like... But it's also quite beautiful.... Go figure!

3. Oh Sees - Smote Reverser

FUCKING EPIC!

4. Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt

Romantic, lovelorn songs about confusion and misery... What more do you want from Jason Spaceman? Stunning.

5. Goon Sax - We're Not Talking

Perfect indie pop - very Julianna Hatfield, very Lemonheads, very good!

6. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

My cat's name sake is still the dad of indie rock.

7. Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet - Landfall

Beautiful, just beautiful.

8. Oliver Coates - Shelley’s On Zenn-La

Sits somewhere between Saint Etienne and Nils Frahm via Aphex Twin.

9. Beak - >>>

Epic Krautesque sounds, it's a bit perfect.

10. John Grant - Love is Magic

John Grant's sharp tongue goes electronic.