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The Quietus’ Albums of the Year 2018

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UK music site The Quietus have published their Albums of the Year 2018 list and, as usual, it looks pretty different than most other sites’ lists. While there are familiar names amongst their 100 picks (Cardi B, Pusha T, Janelle Monae, Brockhampton, Nine Inch Nails), They are champions of outliers and esoteric, and have given Gazelle Twin‘s Pastoral their top slot:

Pastoral is a disquieting listen, especially for those who think we can harness any ideas of ‘the nation’ for a progressive good. Those ideas are instead the basis of a Brexit-accelerated reactionary turn that believes Middle England is under threat and must be protected (and kept white) at all costs. Gazelle Twin shows us that any romantic idea of England is a poisoned chalice, at best, and Pastoral’s jester is the fool who skips along with us towards a looming dark age.

At #2 on The Quietus’ list is Idris Ackamoor & the PyramidsAn Angel Fell, followed by albums by Fat White Family offshoot Insecure Men, Suede, Objekt, ILL, Sons of Kemet, Low, audiobooks, and Årabrot.

The Quietus list also includes records from SOPHIE, Tropical Fuck Storm, Simian Mobile Disco, Kali Uchis, Big Joanie, Goat Girl, Julia Holter, Jenny Hval, Daughters, and lots more. Check out The Quietus’ whole Albums of the Year 2018 list, and stream Gazelle Twin‘s Pastoral, below.

The Quietus – Albums of the Year 2018
100: Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Lekhfa
99: Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations
98: Anthroprophh – Omegaville
97: Hailu Mergia – Lala Belu
96: Gwenno – Le Kov
95: David Terry – Sorrow
94; BROCKHAMPTON – iridescence
93: Creep Show – Mr Dynamite
92: Richard Skelton – Front Variations I & II
91: Nonpareils – Scented Pictures
90: Capitol K – Goatherder
89: Drew McDowall – The Third Helix
88: Dizzy Fae – Free Form
87: Bliss Signal – Bliss Signal
86: AMOR – Sinking Into A Miracle
85: Ian William Craig – Thresholder
84: Jerusalem In My Heart – Daqa’iq Tudaiq
83: Gaika – Basic Volume
82: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – Landfall
81: Lotic – Power
80: Xenony – Polish Space Program
79: Warmduscher – Whale City
78: JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
77: East Man – Red, White And Zero
76: Lucrecia Dalt – Anticlines
75: Vanishing Twin – Magic And Machines
74: Miss Red – K.O.
73: Melting Hand – Faces Of Earth
72: Primitive Knot – Thee Opener Of The Way
71: ZULI – Terminal
70: Jake Muir – Lady’s Mantle
69: Helena Hauff – Qualm
68: The Armed – Only Love
67: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – King Of Cowards
66: Rezzett – Rezzett
65: Manni Dee – The Residue
64: The Body – I Have Fought Against It, But Can’t Any Longer
63: AJA – AJA
62: Synth Sisters – Euphoria (WAV)
61: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch
60: Big Joanie – Sistah
59: Cucina Povera – Hilja
58: Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Vol III
57: тпсб – Sekundenschlaf
56: Bas Jan – Yes I Jan
55: Ben Vince – Assimilation
54: Cardi B – Invasion Of Privacy
53: Goat Girl – Goat Girl
52: Eartheater – Irisiri
51: Pig Destroyer – Head Cage
50: Deena Abdelwahed – Khonnar
49: Alison Cotton – All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre
48: Alexander Tucker – The Look Away
47: Bruce – Sonder Somatic
46: Kali Uchis – Isolation
45: The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time V
44: Guttersnipe – My Mother The Vent
43: Tirzah – Devotion
42: 700 Bliss – Spa 700
41: Blocks & Escher – Something Blue
40: GNOD – Chapel Perilous
39: Szun Waves – New Hymn To Freedom
38: Yves Tumor – Safe In The Hands Of Love
37: Laura Cannell – Reckoning
36: Gabe Gurnsey – Physical
35: Skee Mask – Compro
34: Mouse On Mars – Dimensional People
33: Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body
32: Laibach – The Sound Of Music
31: Jenny Hval – The Long Sleep
30: The Yossarians – Ambition Will Eat Itself
29: Todd Barton – Multum In Parvo
28: SOPHIE – Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides
27: Planningtorock – Powerhouse
26: Eric Chenaux – Slowly Paradise
25: Erland Cooper – Solan Goose
24: Gábor Lázár – Unfold
23: Grouper – Grid Of Points
22: Senyawa – Sujud
21: Panopticon – The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness
20: Julia Holter – Aviary
19: Blawan – Wet Will Always Dry
18: Hawthonn – Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing)
17: Chris Carter – CCCL Volume One
16: Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death In Meatspace
15: Pusha T – Daytona
14: Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
13: Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
12: Hen Ogledd – Mogic
11: Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
10: Årabrot – Who Do You Love
9: Audiobooks – Now. (In A Minute)
8: Low – Double Negative
7: Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
6: ILL – We Are Ill
5: Objekt – Cocoon Crush
4: Suede – The Blue Hour
3: Insecure Men – Insecure Men
2: Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids – An Angel Fell
1: Gazelle Twin – Pastoral

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