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ZombieToyDuck's 2018 AOTY list

My favorites of the year yadda yadda
50Snail Mail

Album I wanted to love more that had some incredible tracks in it's folds.
Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

Wacky as fuck but can only be consumed in small amounts.
48Jeff Rosenstock

More awesome work from Jeff that sorta disappointed me but still had a fair bit of jams.
47Monkberry Airplane
The Grand Waltz

A high school buddy put out this killer album I intend to review soon.
46Shakey Graves
Can't Wake Up

Consistently catchy and enjoyable as hell Indie Folk.
Empty Black

Hardcore/Metalcore blend that impressed me but has room for growth.
The Last One

More prog rock in the vein of TOOL and Karnivool.
The Official Body

Post punk with great bass.
42Dance Gavin Dance
Artificial Selection

Another solid DGD album that didn’t quite rival their last album for me.
41Kars Landman
Everlasting, Ever-Fleeting

User black metal project that rules dude... check it!
Springtime And Blind

Where Title Fight should have went with their sound…
39Flying Horseman

Just let this one sink in, real slow…
yeah whatever

37The Pineapple Thief

A great lil’ progressive album here folks.
36The Mackrosoft

Jazz and electronic blend that works insanely well.
35The Story So Far
Proper Dose

A proper return with loads of heart and change.
34Red Lama

Pysch Alt-Rock stuff with some mellow bass.
Down Below

Goth-oriented metal stuff I dug a lot.
32Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

Underrated beauty that will inevitably grow on me with time.
Little Dark Age

Psych Pop with sick grooves.
30John Scofield
Combo 66

Jazz guitarist with great accompaniment doing what he does best.
29Night Verses
From the Gallery of Sleep

Diverse instrumental album with tons of memorability.
28Tropical Fuck Storm
A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Weird, spacey, noise rock stuff. YEAH!
New Levels New Devils

Technical guitars and trap beats? Who knew it could work so well…
26Spanish Love Songs

Emotional pop punk with loads of potential.

Debut hard rock album from band with loads of potential.
24Royal Coda
Royal Coda

I’m a sucker for Kurt Travis so yeah, this.
The Smoke of Atavistic Fires

Folk and Black Metal fusion done right.
22The Residents

My killer introduction to a weird and creepy old band that still has loads of merit.
21Tonight Alive

The return to form I had hoped for and more.

More Aaron Weiss wanderings but this time, aggression added to full effect.
19The Dirty Nil
Master Volume

Hard rock with riffs galore and a pop punky edge.
18U.S. Girls
In A Poem Unlimited

Interesting and expansive female pop album.
17The Bamboos
Night Time People

Funk/ Soul with lots of spirit and grooves galore
16Kali Uchis

Pop vocalist with R&B vibes in the vein of Amy Winehouse but this time with more energetic beats and instrumentals behind them.
15Tash Sultana
Flow State

Incredible multi-instrumentalist with lush female vocals.
At Weddings

Female vocalist to watch out for in the future.
13Snail's House

Legend of Zelda soundtrack vibes… but really this could be a soundtrack for it.

A massive and crushing Italian post hardcore record.
11Anna von Hausswolff
Dead Magic

Doomy occult stuff with incredible female vocals.
10Alkaline Trio
Is This Thing Cursed?

I sadly hadn’t heard any of Alkaline Trio’s work until this album but this sure was the introduction I hoped it would be. This has some of the catchiest songs of the year. The consistency of an album by a band at this stage of their career is something to be marveled and I only wish I had heard their other material long ago.

I was admittedly quite late getting to this but I can’t say enough how mind blowing this album was. (see cover art for reaction) The audible, technical bass grooves, tight guitar playing and intense drum work is something to behold.
8of Montreal
White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood

It saddens me that I hadn’t heard Of Montreal until this album but let me tell you this has been a real treating starting with this album. This has some incredible atmosphere to it and grooves that stick like hot glue. An adventurous and tasteful album with a ton of charisma.
7Parquet Courts
Wide Awake

This album took me by surprise and continued to grow over repeated listens with conscious lyrics about today’s world and Savage’s thoughtful views. It’s just an added bonus that the music is entertaining as hell to match.
6Man with a Mission
Chasing the Horizon

Man with a Mission are one of the most entertaining offerings from Japan and there’s plenty of reason for it. Hearkening the messaging prowess of a modern day Rage Against the Machine, these fun semi political offerings are not without their fair share of fun and playful moments.
5Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

Rolo Tomassi hadn’t met the radar of many until this album but I loved these guys since I first heard Hysterics last year. This was a bold and triumphant offering with splendid diversity and power all around. It most definitely earned it’s spot in my top 5 and I know that a vast majority of other’s will justifiably pick this as their respective AOTY. Although it didn’t snag first, it’s still a stellar album in my book.
4The Wonder Years
Sister Cities

It took this long for The Wonder Years to clench my attention but I’m so glad they finally did. Though some could describe Soupy’s vocals here melodramatic I strongly disagree and enraptured by his deliveries and the buildups to the emotional climaxes and heart entrenched offerings given here. Some of this nearly brought me to tears on several occasions long after my first listen. A touching album which held a place close to my heart this year.
Nearer My God

I wanted it all from Foxing and they sure did deliver. This album brought palpable emotional tenderness, energy, vision and a no holds barred personality that was well above my expectations. This easily stole the spot for my Indie Rock album of the year. From the stellar solo of Lich Prince, to the blissful offering of Five Cups and the moody Won’t Drown. I was sold from the start.
You Won't Get What You Want

Where to even start here?... This thing is like a thriller movie in headphones. An album which swivels between discordant noise rock, spastic grind and grimy industrial grooves. A marvel amongst Daughter’s wild discography filled with ambition and creative vision. This was exactly what I wanted. (pun intended)
1Mid-Air Thief

In a stacked year with so many contenders duking it out for this spot, it’s not without surprise this album garnered the most attention from me. This dazzling blend of folk and electronica creates soundscapes and cascading melodies that will carry you to majestic heights. A hidden gem amongst the vast landscape of music that was released this year. I attest that Daughters would have normally taken this spot easily as it melds with my music taste more naturally, but this album just swept me off my feet without hassle or care.
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