It’s that time of the year again. The music magazines are already publishing albums of the year from their perspective. Over recent times I’ve made it slightly easier on myself by dividing the year into two. So back in June I posted in three separate instalments the standout albums for me up to that point. And now here are the my favourites from the second half of 2018.

Before I post any further, I recognise there is always a risk, whenever you post a list like this, that another fantastic album or EP is just around the corner. I’ve got that covered anyway, I will post an addition in a few weeks from now should I stumble upon a few brilliant new releases that are too good to leave out.

Oh, and one other thing. I’ve always struggled with brevity, if you listen to the show regularly and my conversation between tracks you’ll understand I’m sure. So this is not a lovely neat list of 10 or 20 records. That’s just impossible to slim all the great records to that small number. And finally it’s not a list that is in any sort of order. It’s simply a random posting up of the records that have meant something to me with wherever possible a video of a track I like from the album or EP. I’ll filibuster no more, here’s the list…. Enjoy exploring and please feel free to post up any comments and indeed recommendations you may have for me for releases that are your favourites from 2018.

Jess Morgan – And I can’t keep still EP

Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – Boygenius EP

Katherine Priddy – Wolf EP

Kristian Kjellvander – Faux Guernica

Rab Noakes – Welcome to Anniversaryville

The Milk Carton Kids – All the things that I did and all the things that I didn’t do

Jess Morgan – Blue Jay single

Steve Tilston – Distant days

Robby Hecht and Caroline Spence – Two People

Alden Patterson and Dashwood – By the night

Jason McNiff – Joy and Independence

Lera Lynn – Plays well with others

The Innocence Mission – Sun on the square

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Some girls quite like country music

Amanda Shires – To the sunset

Drew Morrison and the Darkwood – Electric-Notes Wild

Elephant Micah – Genericana

Lori McKenna – The Tree

Kerry Devine – Away from the mountains

The Cowboy Junkies – All that reckoning 

M G Boulter and the Free – Blood Moon EP

Dan Webster – Devil Sky

Vanessa Peters – Foxhole Prayers

Grace Petrie – Queer as folk

Treetop Flyers – Treetop Flyers

Tunng – Songs you make at night

Drew Morrison and the Darkwood – Electric Notes Wild

Curse of Lono – As I fell

Me for Queen – Loose end

Gilmore and Roberts – A problem of our kind

Annie Dressner – Broken into pieces

Austin Lucas – Immortal Americans

Glorietta – Glorietta

The Willows – Through the wild

Ciara O’Neill – Arrow 

Martyn Joseph – Here come the young

Sinnober – Projection

David Berkeley – The Faded Red and Blue

Ed Harcourt – Beyond the end

Kitty MacFarlane – Namer of clouds

Phillip Henry – True North

Jesse Matas – Tamarack

Kelly Oliver – Botany Bay

John Smith – Hummingbird

Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance 1942-2018

Nathan Bell – Love bones and stars

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou Fair Lady London

Cam Penner – At war with reason

Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson – Laws of motion

William Fitzsimmons – Mission bell

Benjamin Folke Thomas – Modern man

Laura Gibson – Goners

Jess Vincent – Lions

Ben Kunder – Better human

 

Eliza Gilkyson In the name of the lord from Secularia (2018 Red House Records)

www.elizagilkyson.com 

Simone Felice featuring Four Tet Puppet digital download single (2018 New York Pro)

www.simonefelice.com 

The Willows Better days from Through the wild (2018 Elk Records)

www.thewillowsband.co.uk

Gilmore and Roberts Just a piece of wood from A problem of our kind (2018 Gilmore Roberts Records)

www.gilmoreandroberts.co.uk

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage Way over yonder in the minor key from Awake (2018 Sungrazing Records)

www.hannahandbenmusic.com 

Jess Morgan Chinatown from And I Can’t Keep Still EP (2018 Drabant Music)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk

Kitty MacFarlane Dawn and dark from Namer of clouds (2018 Navigator Records)

www.kittymacfarlane.com

Jesse Matas Walking human from Tamarock (2018 StoNote)

www.jessematas.com 

Austin Lucas Immortal Americans from Immortal Americans (2018 Cornelius Chapel Records)

www.austinlucas.com

Talisk Montreal from Beyond (2018 Talisk Records)

www.talisk.co.uk

David Berkeley This be dear to me from The Faded Red and Blue EP (2018 David Berkeley)

www.davidberkeley.com 

Laura Gibson Goners from Goners (2018 City Slang Records)

www.lauragibsonmusic.com 

Peter James Millson Getting there from Low Key (as yet unreleased new album)

www.peterjamesmillson.com 

Ciara O’Neill Arrow from Arrow (2018 Ciara O’Neill)

www.ciaraoneillmusic.com

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus Me and my dog from Boy Genius EP (2018 Matador Records)

www.julienbaker.com 

www.lucydacus.com

Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabate and Friends Tennessee Hotel from Mali Music (2002 Honest Jons Records)

Phillip Henry Reverence Revisited from True North (2018 Dragonfly Roots Records)

www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk 

The Band of Love Love don’t live here anymore from Folk Fever (2018 Mighty Village Records)

Grace Petrie Farewell to welfare from Queer as folk (2018 Robot Needs Home)

www.gracepetrie.com

Lau She put on her headphones digital download double AA single with It’s hard to seem ok when you’re not (2018 Reveal Records)

www.lau-music.co.uk

Christian Kjellvander Strangers in Northeim  from Faux Guernica (2018 Tapete Records)

www.christiankjellvander.com 

Martyn Joseph Collateral from Here Come The Young (2018 Pipe Records)

www.martynjoseph.net

Nathan Bell Metal from Love Bones and Stars (2018 Angry Stick Recording Company)

www.nathanbellmusic.com 

India Electric Co In absence from Tablelands (2018)

www.indiaelectricco.com 

Dan Whitehouse The places we have been from That’s where I belong (2016 Reveal Records)

www.dan-whitehouse.com 

Lau single It’s hard to be OK when you’re not digital download single with She put on her headphones (2018 Reveal Records)

www.lau-music.co.uk

Kristian Kjellvander Faux Guernica from Wild Hxmans PRONOUNCED WILD HUMANS (2018 Tapete Records)

www.christiankjellvander.com

Jess Morgan All I want to do is tell you what to do from And I Can’t Keep Still EP (2018 Drabant Music)

 www.jessmorgan.co.uk  

Martyn Joseph Here come the young from Here come the young (2018 Pipe Records)

www.martynjoseph.net

Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson Cassiopiea from Laws of Motion (2018 Hudson Records)

www.karinepolwart.com

Grace Petrie Pride from Queer as Folk (2018 Grace Petrie)

www.gracepetrie.com 

Rachel Baiman Times like these (with Josh Clark) from Thanksgiving EP (2018 Free Dirt Records)

www.rachelbaiman.com 

David Berkeley The Faded red and blue from The Faded Red and Blue EP (2018 David Berkeley)

www.davidberkeley.com

Sam Amidon and Fay Victor with Marc Ribot How to walk in freedom from Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (2018 Anti Records)

www.marcribot.com

Glorietta Golden lonesome from Glorietta (2018 Bread and Butter Records)

www.gloriettamusic.com 

Julia Jacklin Head alone digital download single (2018 Transgressive Records)

www.juliajacklin.com 

Laura Gibson Thomas from Goners (2018 City Slang Records)

www.lauragibsonmusic.com 

Robert Vincent Dancing with devils from I’ll make the most of my sins (2018 At The Helm Records)

www.robvincentmusic.com

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou We should’ve gone dancing from Fair Lady London (2018 Maiden Voyage Recording Co)

www.trevormossandhannahlou.com

Benjamin William Pike single Someone else’s tears (2018 Benjamin William Pike)

www.bwpike.com 

Bennett Wilson Poole Find your own truth from Bennett Wilson Poole (2018 Aurora Records)

www.bennettwilsonpoole.com 

The Dreaming Spires Searching for the super truth from Searching for the supertruth (2015 Clubhouse Records)

www.thedreamingspires.net

Sarah McQuaid If we dig any deeper it could get dangerous from If we dig any deeper it could get dangerous (2018 A Shovel and a Spade Records)

www.sarahmcquaid.com 

Gilmore and Roberts Average Joe from A problem of our kind (2018 Gilmore Roberts Records)

www.gilmoreandroberts.co.uk

Benjamin Folke Thomas One day from Modern Man (2018 Aveline Records)

www.benfolkethomas.com

Sinnober Angels of fire and snow from Projection (2018 Indefra Records)

www.sinnober.com 

Cam Penner Ain’t nobody round here from At war with reason (2018 Cam Penner)

www.campenner.com 

Vanessa Peters What you can’t outrun from Foxhole Prayers (2018 Idol Records)

www.vanessapeters.com 

Glorietta (Jason Robert Blum, Noah Gunderson, Adrian Quesada, David Ramirez, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Kelsey Wilson) Friends from Glorietta (2018 Bread and Butter Records)

www.gloriettamusic.com 

Sinnober I don’t want to read the news from Projection (2018 Indefra Records)

www.sinnober.com

Martyn Joseph Love’s majority (featuring Anje Duvekot) from Here come the young (2018 Pipe Records)

www.martynjoseph.net

 Antje Duvekot Long way from The near demise of the high rise dancer (2009 Black Wolf Records)

www.antjeduvekot.com 

Richard Shindell Careless from Careless (2016 Continental Song City)

www.richardshindell.com

Hickory Signals Rosemary from Turn to fray (2018 GFM Records)

www.hickorysignals.com

Anna Tivel Fenceline digital download single (2018 Fluff and Gravy Records)

www.annativel.com 

Jess Morgan Familiar shoulders single (2018 Drabant Music)

www.jessmorgan.co.uk

Laura Gibson Performers from Goners (2018 City Slang Records)

www.lauragibsonmusic.com 

Curse of Lono Kathleen from As I fell (2018 Submarine Cat Records)

www.curseoflonoband.com

Jeremy Tuplin Kathleen from I dreamt I was an astronaut (2017 Folkwit Records)

www.jeremytuplin.com 

Treetop flyers I knew I’d find you from Treetop Flyers (2018 Loose Music)

www.treetopflyers.co.uk 

Sarah McQuaid Slow decay from If we dig any deeper it could get dangerous (2018 A Shovel and a Spade Records)

www.sarahmcquaid.com 

Luke Daniels The house that Jack built from Singing ways to feel more junior (2017 Gael Music)

www.lukedanielsmusic.com

The War and Treaty Here is where the loving is at from Healing Tide (2018 Strong World Entertainment)

www.thewarandtreaty.com

Benjamin Folke Thomas Stuff Of dreams from Modern Man (2018 Aveline Records)

www.benfolkethomas.com

Kitty MacFarlane Dawn and dark from Namer of clouds (2018 Navigator Records)

www.kittymacfarlane.com

Jesse Matas Before, we from Tamarack (2018 StoNote Records)

www.jessematas.com

Cam Penner Poor you from At war with reason (2018 Cam Penner)

www.campenner.com 

Pica Pica Track Last leaves from Spring and Shade EP (2018 Rough Trade Records)

www.picapicamusic.com

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker Tender heart from Seedlings All (2018 Rough Trade Records)

www.josienneandben.com

Ma Polaine’s Great Decline Lions head from The Outsider (2018 Ma Polaine’s Great Decline)

www.mapolainesgreatdecline.com 

Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson Suitcase from Laws of Motion (2018 Hudson Records)

www.karinepolwart.com 

M.G Boulter and The Froe Frances Forlorn from Blood Moon EP (2018 Hudson Records)

www.mgboulter.co.uk 

Annie Dressner Fade away from Broken into pieces (2018 Annie Dressner)

www.anniedressner.com

Cam Penner Gather round from At war with reason (2018 Cam Penner)

www.campenner.com 

The Milk Carton Kids Just look at us now from All the things I did and all the things that I didn’t do (2018 Anti Records)

www.themilkcartonkids.com

Karine Polwart  with Inge Thomson and Steven Polwart Laws of motion from Laws of motion (2018 Hudson Records)

www.karinepolwart.com

Olivia Chaney IOU from Shelter (2018 Nonesuch Records)

www.oliviachaney.com 

Phillip Henry Keep saying hello from True North (2018 Dragonfly Roots Records)

www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk 

Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou Everything you need from Fair Lady London (2018 Maiden Voyage Recording Co)

www.trevormossandhannahlou.com

M.G Boulter and the Froe Soft light from Blood Moon EP (2018 Hudson Records)

www.mgboulter.co.uk 

Tunng Crow from Songs you make at night (2018 Full Time Hobby Records)

www.tunng.co.uk

Kitty MacFarlane Name of clouds from Namer of clouds (2018 Navigator Records)

www.kittymacfarlane.com

The Furrow Collective Write me down from Fathoms (2018 Hudson Records)

www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk 

Drew Morrison and the Darkwood Sad songs from Electric-Notes Wild (2018 Storm Cloud Agency Records)

www.drewmorrisonandthedarkwood.co.uk 

The Marriage Live, love, cry single (2018 The Marriage Music)

www.themarriage.com 

Amanda Shires Swimmer from To the sunset (2018 Silver Knife Records)

www.amandashiresmusic.com 

Faustina Masigat Poverty from Faustina Masigat (2018 Mama Bird Recording Co)

www.mamabirdrecordingco.com

Jesse Matas Peace river song from Tamarock (2018 StoNote)

www.jessematas.com 

John Smith Hares on the mountain from Hummingbird (2018 Commoner Records)

www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com

India Electric Co Gold in the north from Tablelands EP (2018 Shoelay Records)

www.indiaelectric.co.com

Benjamin Folke Thomas Tasteless and complacent from Modern Man (2018 Aveline Records)

www.benfolkethomas.com 

Gilmore and Roberts Things you left behind from A problem of our kind (2018 Gilmore Roberts Records)

www.gilmoreandroberts.co.uk

Kelly Oliver Died of love from Botany Bay (2018 Kelly Oliver)

www.kellyoliver.co.uk

Jeremy Nail Abiquiu from Live Oak (2018 Open Nine Music)

www.jeremynail.com 

Grace Petrie Departures from Queer as folk (2018 Grace Petrie)

www.gracepetrie.com 

The Band of Love I will survive from Folk Fever (2018 Mighty Village/Universal Records)

Sweet Billy Pilgrim Asking for a friend from Wapentak (2018 Sweet Billy Pilgrim)

www.sweetbillypilgrim.com 

 Nathan Bell From here to there from Love Bones and Stars (2018 Angry Stick Recording Company)

www.nathanbellmusic.com