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Swim's 2018

Haven't done one of these in a few years. I don't care that my taste sucks.
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

While not hitting the exceptional heights that magnum opus Sunbather did back in '13, Deafheaven find themselves again exploring the ethereal ends of their sound too often vacated last go around. Human Love is a gripping journey, at times losing it's way in an effort to tie together more than the string can hold, but ultimately settling in a spot that solidifies Deafheaven as one of metal's most consistently unique acts.
9Lupe Fiasco

Tetsuo & Youth was, to me, Lupe's crowning moment. He finally understood what made his voice a important one. That's what made the first DROGAS such a colossal letdown. Now with Wave, he's found again that creative force and dealt some of the most ambitious tracks of his career. Mural Jr. stands as tall as it's predecessor and Manilla is a ferocious firebrand of social commentary. Although an important note for next time: hire an editor.
You Won't Get What You Want

Noise rock vets reinvent themselves in a way that scares the shit out of everyone involved, using their formerly almost comic discordance instead to screech, discomfort, and horrify. The oft repeated joke is, of course, that the album title is telling us that the music isn't going to be what we're looking for from their comeback album. Clearly they were wrong.
7Rolo Tomassi
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

Came upon Rolo Tomassi's album a bit late in the game this year, nonetheless, the grindy metalcore and post-rock influenced stylings of Time Will Tell were clearly worth the wait. Their sound is soaring and relentless, while dancing effortlessly through a bevy of influences and styles. If you're looking for a The Dillinger Escape Plan or Amia Venera Landscape replacement, look no further.
6The Republic of Wolves

Escaping their Brand New worship at long last, The Republic of Wolves hit hard with their emotional charged cavalcade shrine. It's dark, catchy, and resonate, striking hard with lyrical gut-punches like "I just wanted to be necessary; Didn't matter which purpose I served" which anchor the crisp guitar lines that rise and fall like waves. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without the stripped back acoustic bridges and emotive vocal moments, chill educing and memorable as anything in their back catalog.
5Spanish Love Songs

Schmaltz is a walking contradiction. The songs bounce back in forth between lyrics about sticking your fucking head in a river and having God not be able to fix the shit you're currently going through. In the same chorus. It's dirty and unsure, a mid-twenties ode to not knowing what the hell is next. And then when it lures you in with those rays of sunshine, songs like "Joana, in Five Acts" storm in to emotionally devastate you beyond recognition while you're already deflated. At least they sound like their having fun in the process. It's keeping your head up while being unsure that wins the day here.
4Pusha T

I'm not going to pretend I know a ton about hip-hop. I'm a white dude from PA who thinks that Pusha T sounded ferocious on Daytona, eviscerating Kanye's strongest showings this year with unreal precision. This is the bar for what rap needed to be in 2018.
3The Wonder Years
Sister Cities

This is going to be a thread devoted to one song. The rest of the album is great, don't get me wrong, but Pyramids of Salt is such a behemoth of a track that if the album was just that one song 10 times it might've made #1. Screaming along with Soupy as he shouts about his "Worthless fucking hands" is as moved from a single moment of music as I've been this decade. It's laid bare stuff, completely vulnerable in it's emotion, but assertive that it's not just being dramatic. It paints the picture of despair that comes with cold winters and lonely nights, and god damnit is it catchy. Song of the year.

mewithoutYou are genre veterans with nothing to prove, so of course in 2018 they set out to prove they are still the best at everything. When the ethereal EP [untitled] released before this, I never would've imagined the fury and fire that mewithoutYou would be writing with in 2018. "Julia" showcases a riff of monumental proportions, and the anger of "Wendy & Betsy" is almost comical in it's roars, but the songwriting prowess here is just as strong as Brother/Sister, even if it's not quite as tactful in it's delivery. A revisitable masterclass, [Untitled] is mewithoutYou at their best, yet again, after being at their best consistently for 10 years prior.
Nearer My God

I listened to "Nearer My God" probably about 14 times before I recognized a single song on it's own, instead digesting the entirety in lengthy chunks. I wasn't sure what I even thought of it, instead just hitting play again on "Grand Paradise" again and seeing if anything really stuck the next go around. And eventually, boy did it. The swelling strings of "Heartbeats" that dance over the chorus, the scattered and almost haphazard bridge of "Gameshark", and that revealatory surge that caps the opening track. Foxing's knack for delving deep into musics crevasses to extract each ounce of passion and power from each note is unrivaled on Nearer My God. It's a everything a rock album needs to be this year, and it's everything I needed a rock album to be this year. Foxing are the last crusaders on emo's alternative landscape, bearing the standard for what the genre is in 2018, and what it will be moving forward.
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