Well, here we all are again. Another two lists of favourite records for 2018. It’s been a vintage year, I think, for Reissues and Archival Recordings, and that list will be along in a week or so. But we start with my 40 Favourite New Albums of 2018, where it’s been an okay-ish year, all in all. In 2017, I had no problems selecting 50 new gems, but this year I just about scraped together a list of 40 albums.
There were fair number of records that I liked, but few that I considered great. Maybe only one, really.
I see that only 8 out of the 40 titles are basically albums of songs in English – when I was a teenager, the whole list would’ve been made up of such records. Instead, now, I find I gravitate towards instrumental music of hard-to-define genres in the border-zones between jazz, ambient, modern chamber music, folk and dub. It’s fertile ground.
In the time-honoured fashion, we count down from number 40, reaching no. 26 today.