Sarah's Albums Of The Year 2018

1. Florence + The Machine - High As Hope

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Photo from Not So Silent Night at the Barclays Center

A sound unmistakeable for another, Florence and The Machine's thunderous percussion, swirling orchestra, and powerhouse vocals heavy on the vibrato effortlessly meet yet again on her fourth full-length album High As Hope. I saw Florence for the second time at BAM Brooklyn this year and was just as blown away as the first time seeing her live. Also check out her incredibly inspiring book of poetry and lyrics titled Useless Magic.

2. Amen Dunes - Freedom

This is the record I didn't see coming. The second I heard 'Blue Rose' over the shop speakers I was sold. Amen Dunes returns with Freedom - a darker, yet just a groovy album via Sacred Bones Records. Damon McMahon's rhythmic and danceable songs are product of great collaboration (Parker Kindred and Chris Coady to name a few) AND it's available on beauutiful Forest Green Vinyl.

3. Jungle - For Ever

Jungle makes me dance. Dancing makes me happy. Simple as that.

4. Bambara - Shadow on Everything

My first experience with Bambara was hearing this song during their Record Store Day set here at Rough Trade. I could hear the beating drums from outside the shop while tending to the line outside (quite a distance, I know) and was immediately sucked into the venue to hear 'Dark Circles' for myself up close and personal.

5. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - Tearing At The Seams

I saw Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats live at the iconic Apollo Theatre with my mother. His entire new album is easy like Sunday morning, but 'Babe, I Know' pulls on all my heart strings. I can listen to this band sing all day.

6. Jorja Smith - Lost and Found

I have never waited longer for a debut album to drop than that of Jorja Smith's.

7. Deafhaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Everyone loves a good curveball. This album is mine. Ordinary Corrupt Human Love was an instant love upon first listen. Who knew there'd be such a thing as romantic screamo? Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, whose name was taken the title of Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair, swings away from the harshness of past albums and instead floats towards graceful and truly romantic. Opening with the soothing sound of the ocean tide into piano followed by a slide guitar, the project effortlessly pairs loosely swaying drumbeats and a longing orchestra with their infamous San Francisco black-gaze screamo.

8. Everything is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Oof. This album is the collaboration of the year. Sampha, Obongjayar, Kamasi Washington, Giggs, Ibeyi, Wiki, Syd, Rachel Zeffira, Infinite, Green Gartside, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett all had parts on this gorgeous album.

9. Leon Bridges - Good Thing

True to his signature vintage soul style, Leon Bridges opted for a more modern R&B sound on Good Thing. Still authentic, just a little bit more groovy.

10. Boygenius - Boygenius EP

Boygenius is the all-new titan trio comprised of indie-rock powerhouses Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, and man! are they stunning.

ADDITIONAL SHOUTOUTS

- Lord Huron - Vide Noir

- The Internet - Hive Mind

- Tirzah - Devotion

- LUMP - LUMP

- JP Bimeni and the Black Belts - Free Me