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#1 Edited by Hadoken101 (2077 posts) -

Unlike past years where the forums have gone months before a new music thread pops up, I figured I'd get on top of it and make one within the first week!

As always, the only rule is to link and not embed music so as not to melt the thread down with a million youtube embeds.

So, what were your favourites of 2018? Any releases you're looking forward to this year? For me I'm looking forward to next release from The 1975 as, while I didn't enjoy all of the previous album, the songs I did like were great. Also on a personal note I'm going to be releasing an EP with my band for the first time this year so the year is already super exciting for me musically.

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#3 Posted by Onemanarmyy (4177 posts) -

The 2018 songs i came back to the most were Me & Michael - MGMT , God's Favorite Customer - Father John Misty , Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD, Leave It In My Dreams - The Voidz , Malamente - Rosalia , I See Through You - Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats & Four Out Of Five - Arctic Monkeys.

First 2019 song i'm digging is this new Lizzo song Juice. Turns out she has a nice handful of songs out there! Upcoming albums that should be good include Cass Mccombs, The Raconteurs, Lana Del Rey, Marina & the Diamonds, Vampire Weekend, Hatchie & Grimes. Sneaks, Girlpool & Methyl Ethel might be good as well. I've been back on a M.I.A. kick lately as well, so it would be nice if she dropped a new album, like she dropped this old unreleased song in her documentary a few weeks ago. It's pretty funny to me how she uses the youtube description to ask the other girls to get back in touch.

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#4 Posted by msouza1991 (65 posts) -

Loved that Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats album. The Sciences by Sleep was probably my favorite album last year but I also really enjoyed the albums by Turnstile, Janelle Monae, and YOB to name a few.

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#5 Edited by Ben_H (4174 posts) -

I've been on a big Louis Cole/KNOWER kick lately. I can wrap my head around how Louis Cole creates and produces music because it's kinda like how I do. It's inspired me to actually start recording music and just try new things since I always used to be quite rigid with how I actually wrote music and always ended up getting nothing done. In the last few days I've already thrown together. Anyhow, here's a more recent video of his from youtube. It... goes places. I recommend watching at least until a minute and a half in because it gets pretty crazy. It also shows how he does live shows, which seems super fun. He basically records his songs live using Garageband/Logic loops and then performs them.

I've also been fairly enamoured by Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, who are absolutely amazing. Cory Henry not only is a monster keyboardist, but an insanely good soul/funk singer. They recently did a Tiny Desk that was excellent!

Through Louis Cole, I've discovered Domi Degalle, a 19 year old French jazz piano prodigy. She's nuts! She's so good. She did a few concerts with Louis Cole and the videos of them are a lot of fun to watch. Here's one of my favourite bits they did: link. I'd recommend sticking around at least to see a bit of Louis Cole's keyboard bass playing. It's both hilarious and super impressive. Domi mostly does solos in this video and they're all quite interesting. The whole video's pretty good. Domi seems like someone who has the potential to be big in the future. She can play basically anything and there's a few videos of her sight-reading fairly complex works.

Lastly, I think my favourite album of last year was Louis Cole's new album; Time. Louis Cole's weird brand of electronic funk is super fun to listen to. Favourites off his new album include "Weird Part of the Night", "Real Life", "Phone", and "Tunnels In the Air". Vulfpeck's new release, Hill Climber is an incredibly close second and which is better switches depending on the day. It's much more consistent than their previous album and has a lot of fun songs. It's split into a half with vocals and a half without. The half without, every song is good in its' own way (my favourite is Disco Ulysses). For the half with vocals, "Darwin Derby", "Half of the Way", and "Lonely Town" all bump. All three are earworms but in different ways. Here's a link to "Disco Ulysses" since it's probably my favourite song off the album.

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#6 Posted by loafofgame (162 posts) -

@ben_h: Thanks for the Louis Cole and Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles shoutouts. That stuff sounds very good. :-D I always forget to listen to more funk.

The only tiny gripe I have with Louis Cole, and this seems to relate to a lot of multi-instrumentalists who make cool music, is that I don't feel the vocals add a whole lot. In other genres I have the same thing with Apparat, Yann Tiersen and Sufjan Stevens, for example. As soon as they start singing, it gets a bit meh. In my opinion, most of their vocals are barely functional, not necessarily in melodic or rhythmic quality, but purely timbral and technical quality. This takes away from the rest of the music which is of a much higher standard. I do have to admit I see vocals purely as another instrument. I couldn't care less about lyrics. And in that sense I feel that a lot of these multi-instrumentalists simply don't play that particular instrument very well.

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#7 Edited by Ben_H (4174 posts) -

@loafofgame said:

The only tiny gripe I have with Louis Cole, and this seems to relate to a lot of multi-instrumentalists who make cool music, is that I don't feel the vocals add a whole lot. In other genres I have the same thing with Apparat, Yann Tiersen and Sufjan Stevens, for example. As soon as they start singing, it gets a bit meh. In my opinion, most of their vocals are barely functional, not necessarily in melodic or rhythmic quality, but purely timbral and technical quality. This takes away from the rest of the music which is of a much higher standard. I do have to admit I see vocals purely as another instrument. I couldn't care less about lyrics. And in that sense I feel that a lot of these multi-instrumentalists simply don't play that particular instrument very well.

Yeah, most of his vocals in his solo songs are kind of a throwaway thing. He's not much of a singer, which is more why his music in KNOWER is better known than most of his solo stuff. KNOWER is Louis Cole working with Genevieve Artadi, a professional singer who's quite good (A lot of her solo content is good too). Some of their songs are jokey and fun like Louis Cole's solo project songs are (See "The Government Knows", and "Butts Tits Money", both of which are super NSFW but a ton of fun), and the rest are much more vocal-centric and showcase Genevieve a lot more. For examples of this second type of song, I'll point to "Hanging On", "I Remember" (the vocals in this have a very Persona-ish vibe to them. They're so good), "Fuck The Makeup, Skip the Shower", and "Time Traveller" (which is one of their most popular songs).

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#8 Edited by Onemanarmyy (4177 posts) -

Vampire Weekend returns after years of absence with the songs Harmony Hall & 2021. listen if you like your indiemusic to be fresh, upbeat & crisp.

Lana Del Rey likes them long titles. Hope Is a Dangerous Thing For A Woman Like Me To Have - But I Have It is here. Eat your heart out Fiona 'When the pawn...' Apple! Listen if you like sad pianobased ballads. Reminds me of Bat For Lashes - Laura.

Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst launched a new project together and performed Dylan Thomas at Colbert. Listen if you like midtempo upbeat rock.

Here's a nice new Florence & The Machine song. Moderation. listen if you like sweeping rocksongs with strong female vocals.

James Blake's new album took some time to grab me, but i think it's his best work now. Mile High & I'll Come Too should give a good idea of the range in sound. Listen if you like electronics, trapbeats, moody piano's & meditative vocals

Weyes Blood dropped a new song that sounds otherworldy. Here's that spacey indiepop with gorgeous ethereal vocals Andromeda.

Stella Donnelly - Old Man. Fun upbeat guitarsong that feels like a recap of the #MeToo movement.

Teyana Taylor released a new version of her song Gonna Love Me with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & Method Man. melodic hiphop with an oldskool vibe.

Radiohead released former B-side Ill Wind. Listen if you like warm lush synths glide around Thom's ghostly wailing. Feels like a relative of Radiohead - These Are My Twisted Words

Elohim has a catchy electropop song named Connect out there. Listen if you like instantly catchy choruses.

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#9 Posted by HarbinLights (194 posts) -

Been listening a lot to Neofolk act Rome lately. Really big fan of tracks like Hope Dies Painless, One Fire, Mourir A Madrid, We Who Fell in Love with the Sea, and Who Only Europe Know.

Excellent and overlooked music.

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#11 Posted by adamxkuhn (36 posts) -

@harbinlights: Jerome is a lovely bloke as well. One of the few neofolk acts to take a hard stance against nazis/fascism and in favor of leftism and inclusiveness. Good, good boy.

Alias and Doseone's Less Is Orchestra is probably 2018's best and most overlooked hip-hop record.
Everything on Sonic Groove is flawless.

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#13 Posted by cikame (2703 posts) -

Not much music for me at the moment, but Alexa introduced me to some song Godsmack seemingly made for the NFL, not into handegg myself but the song's ok until it turns kind of teenage anime music video.
Here it is.