Welcome to Wardculture’s top 25 albums of the year!
I’ve narrowed the selection down to what I personally think were 25 great albums released this year and honestly the list could have been doubled with some honourable mentions being In Autumnus, DMA, The Blinders, Idris Ackamoor, Yoko Ono and Gorillaz. Check out the picks and comments below:
25. Bodega – Endless Scroll
This album is cool. It’s punk. It’s 2018. It’s fearless, and it’s fast. It’s a reference heavy album that gets you dancing and isn’t your average rock album. Bodega unless many tracks about their home town of Brooklyn whilst mixing together many technological themes in terms of synths used and subject matter. It gives me a real impression of where music will be heading in the future. If you want to learn about a land called Bushwick then this is the album for you.
24. Bongripper – Terminal
If you want a metal album without any bullshit then Terminal is as straightforward as it gets. The album basically consists of two 20 minutes pieces called ‘Slow’ and ‘Death’ and they are heavy cataclysmic songs of gritty instrumental metal consisting of low tone guitars, eerie synths and larger than life drums. It’s one to sit back and switch off to and be enlightened by the almost trippy feel the balls to the wall music presents.
23. Joyce Manor – Million Dollars to Kill Me
Joyce Manor do what Joyce Manor does best and that’s not just have a pretty band name. They can fit more content in a two-minute song than most bands I know. You get a lot of the same styles and progressions heard in their previous records and it’s not a bad thing. You get a blend of optimism and pessimism which is a fitting enough record from an emo punk band that creates fun songs that you just can’t get out of your head.
22. Fiddlehead – Springtime and Blind
Do you miss 90’s emo rock with that delicious punk flavour to it? Then look no further because its right here in supergroup Fiddlehead’s debut album ‘Springtime and Blind’. Fiddlehead is a mixture of Basement and Have Heart members with melancholic guitar tones and raw vocals. It’s a real treat to have an album with this sound in 2018 with subject matter that tackles difficult areas such as love, loss and death whilst at the same time punching you in the face with some loud and roaring guitars.
21. Death Cab For Cutie – Thank You For Today
Emo legends Death Cab For Cutie are well-known for releasing great records and Thank You For Today fits in nicely with their ever-growing catalogue. It’s a dreamy indie pop record with additions of new band members and synths taking more of a presence on the album. It still has the traditional feel of a Death Cab album though with romantically picked guitar notes and Benjamin Gibbard’s soft vocals. The production showcases the dream-like feel of the album that could definitely ease me into a slumber, but for all the right reasons! The album blends softer rhythmic tracks with easy-going guitars, drums and keys and then out of nowhere you get upbeat bass and drum driven tracks Gold Rush wish make me think of Ava Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s an album that could have released at any point in the last 15 years or so and could easily be recognised as a great indie album. The final track 60 & Punk is slow and sombre with the line ‘The band plays you off’ and I think there couldn’t be a more fitting line to a peaceful album.