|Best albums of 2018 so far|
Halfway through the year, and it's been a pretty weak one so far. For sure a bunch of great records, but nothing that could compete with the best 5-10 of last year. Feel free to recommend me anything I might like, I know there's some stuff I still need to check out.
|20||Tiny Moving Parts|
best tracks: smooth it out, caution
Great UK pop punk/alternative rock. A lot more focused than most modern pop punk, lots of energy.
best tracks: shame, beaches
best tracks: secret stuff, fading
There is a Presence Here
I can't quite put my finger on this album but I like it. Could get higher or lower on this list by the end of the year.
best tracks: the nothing, nonbeing
|16||When We Land|
best tracks: kicking & screaming, wait
I'll never stop pushing the Johan-agenda. Fantastic Dutch indie rock band.
best tracks: books & tv, anyone got a clue?
|14||Between the Buried and Me|
best tracks: condemned to the gallows, yellow eyes
If There Is Light, It Will Find You
best tracks: elevator to the gallows, t/t
Has the potential to get higher on this list in the future.
best tracks: l'inconnue, dive
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
best tracks: the hollow hour, aftermath
|10||The Dangerous Summer|
The Dangerous Summer
Just some solid pop punk/alt rock, with 'This Is Life' and the last few songs taking it to the next level.
best tracks: this is life, infinite
One of the 'nicest' pop punk albums of the year. This band just seems so.. lovely. The music is great too, lots of catchy stuff with heartfelt vocals.
best tracks: how do you know it's not armadillo shells, i hate the gooey disk
Chrome Neon Jesus
Heavier shoegaze/dreamy grunge/whatever you want to call it is right up my alley.
best tracks: chrome neon jesus, stoned alone
|7||Spanish Love Songs|
This cures my annual need for a new Menzingers record.
best tracks: buffalo buffalo, aloha
|6||The Summer Kills|
Last Night We Became Swans
A rather overlooked album. Hammock teaming up with Matthew Ryan is simply gorgeous.
best tracks: summer kills, new year's day
|5||The Wonder Years|
Another great album by The Wonder Years, personally really glad they're going the alt rock route. It might not have as much replay value as previous records, but it's definitely fantastic whenever I do listen to it.
best tracks: it must get lonely, raining in kyoto
An incredible concept backed by expansive, intricate indie folk. The fact that I got the CD for pay-what-you-want at their show is pretty cool as well.
best tracks: empiricist, rorschach
|3||The Republic of Wolves|
Simply a great rock album. Has a lot of memorable moments with just enough variation to warrant repeated listens.
best tracks: birdless cage, colored out
This album combines catchy pop punk with the melancholy of indie rock and I love it. It's pretty clearly flawed, but the lyrics speak to me on such a (simplistic) personal level that I probably like this a bit too much.
best tracks: missing out, tangent
Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Quite an obvious one. This album just has so much to dig into, making every repeated listen very rewarding.
best tracks: one that suits me, somewhere a judge