Staff Albums of the Year 2018
Leah (Rough Trade Nottingham)
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
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.