|Doof's 2018 AOTY Top 100|
With percentage scores, hold your excitement. I tried out approx 500 releases this year so consider these the top 20%. Enjoy 'em.
Book of Romance and Dust
This album topping this chart says big things about my opinion of the quality of 2018...not the most positive things really. Sure there's been some great stuff...but not so much in the 'world beater' category. You see this album could feasibly have been released at any time in the last ten years - it has nothing in common with anything out there in the musical landscape right now. This is like an old galleon dredged from the bottom of the ocean placed in the same showroom as all the 2018 release motor boats. I'm that one Pugwash dude who still wants to buy the decrepit galleon. At least Tom has saved 2018 the indignity of being the first year to not have a Doof rated 5/5 release, so great timing in a way...
So this could be considered the 'true' first choice offering of 2018, though again, tis a bit of an outlier. Howard seems to be channeling all his most abstract impulses and there's a faint whiff of 'World of Echo' here, combined with a certain natural/pastoral bent. This really feels like an artist following their own muse 100%, a little labour of love. Where to next for Ben?
Frankly, I Mutate
Oh Paddy, where the hell did you appear from? Thank the Lords of RYM I stumbled across this one - if any album has dominated my year it is 'Frankly I Mutate' - so if you want a Sunhouse Doof meme for 2018 then this is your boy I guess. A diverse set of tunes but it all hangs together thanks to Paddy perhaps having some innate feel for such things, the track flow really pops. One to watch if you still need that spelling out to you.
...aaaaand a little dip in the scores. And a soundtrack. What the hell? Well yes, I warned you, 2018. Still, this is something special, nearly phenomenally special, but sadly only regular special. The lesser spotted Thommy Knocker spreading his solo wings and entering uncharted territory for him - some of the atmospheres he conjures here are creepy and/or intense as all hell. Bravo.
|5||Tropical Fuck Storm|
A Laughing Death in Meatspace
I enjoyed the last Drones album but it was perhaps a bit mannered now you look back after listening to this...rabid thing? The guitars have been unleashed and the sense of mania and frenzy has ramped up exponentially. Similar to 'Feelin Kinda Free' the lyrics pull no punches but always throw some absurdist comical observations in there to make sure things don't get too 'loony with a 'The End is Nigh' sign round their neck'.
This part should be where I give a big shout out to Anatelier for going above and beyond on Bandcamp in 2018 identifying absolutely stellar releases like this one way ahead of the curve. He has a very identifiable set of tastes and this album is the 100% pure undiluted stuff. Some stunning overlaid male vocals that put much of the competition (think John Grant, Wild Beasts) to shame, and overall this is one of the most meticulously crafted albums of the year.
|7||Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu|
Djarimirri: Child of the Rainbow
What a swan song for Dr. (yes, doctor to you, pleb) Geoffrey, this is so powerful it can be overwhelming to try and process if you attempt a listen in the wrong moment. Get it right and this is something else, to the point for the longest while I did consider this was going to end up my AOTY 2018. The dude was a true...brace yourselves...Ab-original. Good night, you can stop throwing roses and money onto the stage.
They've only gone and pulled a 'FLOTUS'. Again, it works! Except, not quite to a Doof AOTY degree as some of this gets a bit too ordinary. The peaks however are some of the best music of 2018 for me, no doubt.
My female artist of the year believeitornot. I've talked about this, pimped it to everyone, reviewed it, ducked and dived, hustled...none of you like it. Nonetheless, here it lands.
|10||A.A.L. (Against All Logic)|
My AOTY decoy! Always unlikely to hold onto a 5/5 and so it proves...although this is still a high quality sideline from Jaar and for the first four tracks you can kid yourself into thinking 'could this be a classic?'. The truth is there is a little flab, but only a little. It's impressive how Jaar manages to put in his usual sonic ticks and personality into a very different format- basically yer more straightforward n' danceable soulful house.
The Horizon Just Laughed
'Shout-out-to-Potsy-glitchy-James Blake-y-r n' b-informed-electronic' is the genre
|13||Anna and Elizabeth|
The Invisible Comes to Us
Trad Appalachian folk meets avant experimental flourishes
Lachesis Clotho Atropos
Psychedelic part improvised jam rock spectacular featuring everyone
Safe in the Hands of Love
Ambient/noise electronic meets art pop
Beach House make their 'rock album', it all sounds more widescreen/fuller
You Won't Get What You Want
Jesus Lizard-y noise rock given an apocalyptic experimental drench
|18||Anna von Hausswolff|
Church organ and witchy/banshee vocals to chill the bones
Ambient meets country is my new favourite sleepytimes genre
|20||Sons of Kemet|
Your Queen Is a Reptile
Free wheeling nu-jazz with some conscious spoken word perfectly woven in
The king of quirky intelligence returns
Hour long 'more rocking' effort from the jazzy minimalists that feels more like three interlinked 'suites'
Grandaddy-ish near-concept album about why dog lovers > cat lovers for now and ever more, peaceout
Old school referencing ambient techno bliss
Living In Symbol
Kitsch low key pop nuggets
Faintly psychedelic rambling pop experiments
|27||Oneohtrix Point Never|
'Logical continuation of 'Garden of Delete' but not as vital' typically strange sound collage plunder stuff, this time with half an eye on eighties pop
Songs of the Plains
A 'better voice than Johnny Cash' country artist, without quite the same charisma mind
Songs of Love and Horror
Rerecorded versions of Oldham classics allowing Will to showoff his 'as close to buttery smooth as I go' singing
|30||Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever|
Easy breezy jangly indie rock
|31||Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids|
An Angel Fell
Afro spiritual jazz
|32||Ed Schrader's Music Beat|
Spiky art rock/post-punk
|33||Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks|
'No longer lo fi' indie pop
Last Building Burning
Back to propulsive and noisy indie rock/a little post-hardcore
Oh so very droll indie pop/chamber pop
'More Parquet Courts'-core
Mixed genre sample based electronic
|38||Cult Of The Damned|
Part Deux: Brick Pelican Posse Crew Gang Syndicate
UK Hip hop - also calling this hip hop of the year
Costello goes Bowie as dame/show tunes
|40||Avantdale Bowling Club|
Avantdale Bowling Club
Jazzy conscious hip hop
Nothing Is Still
Downtempo/near ambient with experimental embellishments
Snares Like A Haircut
Retro '90s referencing alt rock
Bedsit weird post-punk/experimental YouTube non-hit now officially released
The Worst Show on Earth
Ambient that sounds a lot like Gas...oh, it's actually Gas
Red House Painters 'Rollercoaster' referencing shoegaze/slowcore/indie
The First Requisite Is Life
Indie folk/field recording/experimental with a little Sufjan/Grizzly Bear in the mix
|48||Melody's Echo Chamber|
Psychedelic 'anything goes'
They Are the Shield
Ever more grandiose neo classical flavoured pop
Time and Space
Hardcore with a helluva big hard on for Nirvana
Too Hard to Tell
Understated alt country
Rough around the gills post-punk from Sweden
Angels of Death
Old school '70s singer songwriter style folk
|54||Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert|
Here Lies The Body
At the Water
Hypnagogic electronic with added nostalgia
Wet Will Always Dry
Metal album of the year/ 'progressive but actually not too extreme' thrash
Don’t Skip Out on Me
Instrumental alt country soundtrack album based around the novel of the same name
|60||Currensy, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist|
Definitively the short (under 25 minutes) hip hop album of the year - eat your heart out Kanye West, ah hahahha
Spiritual sounding art pop/chamber pop
The Tree Of Forgiveness
'Wise old bird can still crease you up' deadpan country
|63||E Ruscha V|
Who Are You
Balearic sunshine-y ambient wooze
Joy as an Act of Resistance
Clever arse and quite pop-y punk
Folktronica exists in Korea
Something Left Behind
Experimental indie/dream pop
Psychdelic indie rock, a bit of kraut - 'it's all over now, whoops -metoo' core
Pastoral easy listening indie folk fluff
'Impressive but a bit overly cerebral' ambient/house
|70||Stick In The Wheel|
Follow Them True
Trad UK folk with a bit of experimentation bubbling under
Bottle It In
'Someone's found a nice niche to sell records haven't they just?'-core
Widescreen a bit like War on Drugs anthemic indie pop/rock
All That Reckoning
Decent alt country/dream pop comeback
He's on the slide. Literally. It's more polished than before. Somehow not quite as good.
Experimental rock/kraut from Portishead chap now realising this might be his main gig
Remain in Light
Uh uh, oh no she didn't. Oh yes she did.
'Art punk' they call it
The most Mark Kozelek thing ever, 10 out of 10.
Mix tape aesthetic indie pop confection, sometimes annoying
|80||Hermit and the Recluse|
Orpheus vs. The Sirens
Thinking man's hip hop according to the sticker on the cover
Roach Goin' Down
Art punk grrrrrls with a GSOH
Indie experimental oddness
Abstract n' bespectacled hip hop/trap
This sounds like The Field...oh it's actually The Field
Waft away ultralight folk beam
'Party like it's a long time ago' house
Punk-y garage rawk looking rad surfin that tube bro - where my wig go?
|88||City Calm Down|
Echoes In Blue
Goth-y 'we smell like Robert Smith's armpit crust' post-punk
Probably has something to do with 'cloud' hip hop/trap
The Lost Record
DIY doofus electro-punk funnies
|91||Micah P. Hinson|
When I Shoot At You With Arrows...
Quiet and Peace
Old school alt rock
Always sound the same.
Not bad singer/songwriter amricana folk-y return from a one time great
'Put this up here to look intelligent but I only listened to it once in full' - The Album
Lovely acoustic minimalism
Noisy DIY shoegaze
C'est La Vie
Cheesy 'I'm sick of looking at these beards now' hipster patter americana/pop rock
Over half of this is a really impressive pop/dance crossover record.
Not so hot second effort but I listened to it a lot anyway and it's still pretty nice so it gets the 100 spot.