There has been a lot of great music in 2018. So much so that there’s probably still some great music from this year that you haven’t heard yet.
I’m gonna list off (in no particular order) 10 albums and EPs that could’ve flown under your radar.
10. Encore by Anderson East
Released: January 12th
Genre: Southern Soul
My favorite tracks: All on My Mind, Girlfriend, This Too Shall Last
Although this album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200, I don’t see a lot of people talking about this album on their year-end lists. I chalk it up to being released so early in the year. I don’t listen to soul music too often. In fact, I usually find soul music too slow for me. That changed when I found Anderson East. I was drawn in by the loud and passion-filled songs “Girlfriend” and “All on My Mind.” I stayed for the fantastic vocals and emotion on songs like “This Too Shall Last” and “King for a Day.”
9. This Time by Donna Missal
Released: September 7th
Label: Harvest Records
My favorite tracks: Thrills, Driving, Transformer
Donna Missal is an excellent vocalist. I don’t really know what else to say. I was immediately taken in by her singing the first time I heard “Thrills” on the radio. I love literally every track on this record, and I think you will too if you are a fan of chill indie pop.
8. Songs of the Plains by Colter Wall
Released: October 12th
Label: Young Mary’s Record Co.
Genre: Outlaw Country
My favorite tracks: Plain to See Plainsman, Saskatchewan in 1881, Wild Dogs
Colter Wall is an indie darling in the underground country scene. I often see people on forums say things like “Good thing we got people like Colter Wall, Tyler Childers, and Sturgill Simpson or country music would be dead.” Now I don’t like to talk down upon any music, but Colter Wall brings you back to a simpler time with his stripped-down style of outlaw country.
7. Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures by Coheed and Cambria
Released: October 5th
Genre: Progressive Metal
My favorite tracks: The Dark Sentencer, Unheavenly Creatures, Toys
Full transparency: I’m a big fan of Coheed and Cambria. They are often the band I recommend to people who like rock music but don’t usually like metal.
Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures by Coheed and Cambria is a concept album (all but one of Coheed’s albums are) that flows super well, and I recommend listening to the whole thing front to back to appreciate the album as a whole even though the songs themselves are great as well.
6. Upside Down Flowers by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Released: November 16th
My favorite tracks: Ohio, Teenage Rockstars, Careless
Andrew McMahon never ceases to amaze me. I tend to like everything he puts out, and this album is no different. I could listen to “Ohio” forever and never get sick of it.
5. Fight the Good Fight by The Interrupters
Released: June 29th
Label: Hellcat Records
Genre: Ska Punk
My favorite tracks: She’s Kerosene, Title Holder, Gave You Everything
Ever think “Man, I really liked the soundtrack to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.” Well, then The Interrupters are for you. They’re bringing ska punk back, and I love every bit of it.
4. Make My Bed by King Princess
Released: June 15th
Label: Zelig Recordings
Genre: Indie Pop
My favorite tracks: There are only five tracks on the EP, and I like them all.
I have a feeling King Princess is going to be around a while. Her debut single “1950” made waves after Harry Styles tweeted some lyrics from the song and that led to her getting significant alternative radio airplay. She has this unique style of alternative rock and pop that sounds great.
3. My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves
Released: September 14th
Label: Dirty Hit
Genre: Goth pop
My favorite tracks: Karl (I Wonder What It’s Like To Die), There’s A Honey, Television Romance
What I like about Pale Waves is the lyrical content within the songs. “There’s A Honey” is about that feeling you get when you fall in love with someone, but you’re not sure they like you. “Karl” was written about the lead singer’s grandfather dying and her finding out and all the emotions that came with hearing that news. Overall, this album is excellent, and I recommend you give it a listen.
2. Take Me to the Disco by Meg Myers
Released: July 20th
Label: 300 Entertainment
Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock
My favorite tracks: Numb, Tear Me to Pieces, Done
Meg Myers did a lot of changing behind the scene leading up to the release of this album. She dropped her label due to creative differences (Fun fact: This is what “Numb” is about) and decided not to have long-time producer and friend Doctor Rosen Rosen produce the record in favor of Christian “Leggy” Langdon. This all worked out in my opinion as I found the album just as good if not better than her last album “Sorry.”
1. Treehouse by Sofi Tukker
Released: April 13th
My favorite tracks: Good Time Girl, Baby I’m a Queen, Best Friend
Now for the only Grammy-nominated album on my list, Sofi Tukker had quite the debut album. I’m not a huge EDM fan, but this album is just excellent. It’s easy to dance to and absolutely a blast to listen to.