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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.

Benjamin Finger – Into Light

With Into Light it is obvious that Finger is on the sort of creative streak rarely exhibited by musicians trying to cover that border territories of ambient/classical/jazz/post-rock.

Klaus Johann Grobe – Du Bist So Symmetrisch

Yes, you can listen to this stuff sitting down, but then the question remains, why would you want to?

System – Plus

If you are still not sure what post-rock or any of those posts, post terms really are all about, try Plus it will all become a bit clearer.

Forever House – Eaves

With Eaves, Forever House, who comes from a different musical background, have shown many aspiring rockers what math-rock/prog rock, or whatever you want to pigeonhole your music into, should sound like.

Dan Managan – More Or Less

As 2018 winds to a close, a certain characteristic, a label could be put on quite a number of releases that came out – bleak records for bleak times. Vancouver’s Dan Managan and his fifth album More Or Less seems to be here to prove the point.

Jessica Moss – Entanglement

The overall effect of the music Jessica Moss creates on Entanglement is of the subdued tension of a calm before the storm.

Dean Wareham & Cheval Sombre – Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre

Whether Wareham is truly back in the saddle is to be seen, but Dean Wareham vs. Cheval Sombre is a great sign.

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings

The music on Universal Beings just keeps on its excelling standard and you don’t even notice that the whole album lasts well over two hours, you just want to start it all over again.

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