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Alice Tambourine Lover – Down Below

On Down Below Alice Tambourine Lover are able to assimilate all their influences very smoothly and come up with an album you can keep your windows open to as the weather is getting better.

Hearing Things – Here’s Hearing Things

Here’s Hearing Things works practically on all levels, and you can even slow dance to it.

Just Like Honey – The Weight of The Stars

Yes, the influences are evident, but then, if you play your influences with care and passion like Just Like Honey do, who cares if you can notice them?

Damien Jurado – In The Shape Of A Storm

Throughout the album, Jurado doesn’t break the sensitive line, nor does he resort to melodrama, just raw feeling, voice, and acoustic guitar.

Alex Kozobolis – Somewhere Else

Kozobolis makes sure that he has something substantial to say with his music, and again, scores full points. All in all, a worthy listen and an album that scores quite well on that solo piano scale.

The Chocolate Watchband – This Is My Voice

It is hard to initially say whether This Is My Voice was recorded yesterday or today, and it is better for it!

Dave Harrington Group – Pure Imagination, No Country

Covering a wide musical field from electric Miles to meandering fields of Krautrock and psychedelia with a guitar in your hand is a thorny field, and on Pure Imagination, No Country Dave Harrington and his group walk through it with no thorns stuck to their sides.

Maurice Louca – Elephantine

What Maurice Louca and his Elephantine album bring is yet another set of inventive musical twists into the field of avant-garde/experimental music.

Yann Tiersen – All

In the times when we actually have too much of a bad thing, some solid counter-balance is needed, and on All Yann Tiersen obliges to provide it.

Old Mexico – Old Mexico

This may be just a side project for these guys, but based on the quality of this album, maybe they should consider making Old Mexico a more regular project.

Major Moment – Leave Out All The Rest

The trio has teamed up with “320 Changes Direction” foundation headed by late Chester Bennington’s wife and “Relix” magazine to raise the awareness about mental health and suicide problems.

Slumberland – Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter / See, See, See Drifter

Throughout, Baelus and his cohorts leave you wondering which sound is which, to force you at one moment not to care anymore and just enjoy their dark musical concoction.

Tim J. Grant – Fluorescent Lamp Pop

From the ‘modern’ electronic sound of the opener ‘Bullseye’, Grant delves into musical diversity as much as he can.

Steve’s 9th Incarnation – 9th Incarnation

9th Incarnation shows what experience can do for you when you make a debut album, but also that there is such a thing as modern psychedelia.

Innerwoud & Astrid Stockman – Haven

Haven is one of those projects that doesn’t hold much promise on paper but brings along quite several musical pleasures to a daring listener.

Diatribes – Echoes & Sirens

Like quite a number of mountain roads, diatribe’s dub to the avant-garde trip was riddled with possible potholes, but these guys effectively escape them quite admirably.

Holy Monitor – II

Some would complain that Holy Monitor needs a bit more originality, but when the old psych elements are put in place so well, who cares?

Amy Rigby – The Old Guys

With The Old Guys, Amy Rigby shows that ‘standard rock’ is neither gone nor faded if you come up with enough quality and inventiveness to hold the torch.

Willard Grant Conspiracy – Untethered

Untethered leaves you with this enormous feeling of beauty, melancholy and ultimately loss.

Frog – Whatever We Probably Already Had It

Possibly, one of the briefest, under the radar gems of 2018.

Penelope Trappes – Penelope Two

What we get on Penelope Two is music that is at the same time disturbing and comforting familiar and unfamiliar, everything the late night listening demands.

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