OK – so 2018, weird year in music so far. I’ve got to try and document what I’m listening – as years later, I’m always curious as to what I may have been listening to at any given time, and even more curious as to how bad some of it may have aged.
In any event, here’s the best albums I’m on this year, regardless of release year. This maybe stays a running list, or I keep posting a couple albums here and there… or I once again abandon this whole mess all together and never post again. Who knows.
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
I’m a really, really huge fan of this band after discovering them a couple of years back and listening to their last release, New Bermuda, about a thousand times now. I have been listening to black metal since its original arrival on US shores some time in the late 90’s so am always intrigued when there’s a new black metal band getting some hype … in particular an American one.
Which takes us to another question… is Deafheaven “black metal”? I suppose not, I read they are what you call “shoegazing”, but I don’t know, blast beats, some orchestra, high-pitch screeching where deciphering lyrics is an impossibility… feels black metal to me.
Whatever we want to call them, the new album which I have waited so long for is overall, quite good. I don’t want to say it is a letdown, because it is not, it is a very good album and it feels like the band is expanding their sound more and more which I appreciate. Still, I can’t help but feel like after New Bermuda, I only want greatness from this band. There are throwaway songs here, particularly Near and Night People, which I cannot say for their previous two releases.
Still, this is a must listen from a brilliant and exciting band that is expanding whatever genre you want to classify them as. It is something new, something I have not heard before, and to me that is the most exciting thing any artist can ever bring to the table. Everything is derivative, and Deafheaven has elements of many bands (Emperor often comes to mind), but their overall sound is different. The hooks may not be as burned into my head as New Bermuda, but a complex band like this takes time to truly appreciate so time will definitely tell the story here. Immediate thoughts are I am quite happy to have a new Deafheaven album to listen to.
Highlights: Honeycomb, Canary Yellow, Glint
Pusha T – Daytona
OK – THIS is a hip hop album. I get it, Kanye is hated by all, ‘Ye’ is a disappointment, he rushed production of multiple albums this summer… all being weirdly short. Still, Push is one of the best rappers out right now, and frankly he has been for a number of years. The production here is top notch, even if Ye did throw this mess together in 12 minutes, there are no tracks I find myself skipping through multiple listens. This is the best hip hop album released so far this year.
It is short, that’s my knock against it, but I suppose that is not overly fair. There are great appearances here by Rick Ross (yeah yeah, I know) and Kanye, and Push is harder than ever.
I prefer a longer album, but if every track is great then why nit pick? Hopefully King Push has some more in him sooner than later to make up for the shortness here. Overall, this is a great album.
Highlights: If You Know You Know, Hard Piano, What Would Meek Do?