A very different kind of Top 40 of inventive and varied musical creations.

By Lee Henderson

First I must include my choices for best BOX SETS of 2018 (The Kate Bush, Supersister, and ZNR include reissued (some remastered) releases that add unreleased and rare material. Great places to start for the new comer, and valued boxes for fans. The Unthanks is all brand new and stunningly beautiful.

KATE BUSH – Remastered: Part 1 [7 Cds] (Rhino)

KATE BUSH – Remastered:Part 2 [11 Cds] (Rhino)

SUPERSISTER – Memories Are New [6CD box features the albums Present From Nancy, To The Highest Bidder, Pudding en Gisteren, Iskander, Sweet Okay Supersister / Spiral Staircase Sass, plus a singles collection bonus CD. (Universal)

THE UNTHANKS – Lines [Parts One, Two, Three in special edition box set] (RabbleRouser)

ZNR – ZNRchive Box (ReR Megacorp)


(in no certain order – This list includes brand new fresh music, live recordings, EPs, and even reissues or archival recordings unreleased until now, but all listed are 2018 releases)

1. CRAYOLA LECTERN – Happy Endings (Onomatopoeia Records)

2. FLAT EARTH SOCIETY – Untitled # 0 (Igloo Records)

3. SONAR – Live at Moods (7d Media)

4. STERBUS – Real Estate/Fake Inverno (self release/distributed by Zillion Watt Records)

5. SIX-RING CIRCUS – Six-Ring Circus (self release)

6. SOLJU – Odda Aigodat – New Times (Bafe’s Factory)

7. MARK WINGFIELD – Tales from the Dreaming City (MoonJune Records)

8. BEN LEVIN GROUP – Our Place (self release)

9. DIALETO – Live With David Cross (Chromatic Records/dist by MoonJune)

10. PAUL STEEL – Carousel Kites : April & II (Raygun Records)

11. OTEME – Il Corpo Nel Sogno (Ma Ra Cash Records)

12. KING CRIMSON – Meltdown – Live in Mexico [3cd+1 Bluray box set] (DGM)

13. ITIBERE ZWARG & GRUPO ‎– Intuitivo (Selo)

14. HE WAS EATEN BY OWLS – Inchoate With The Light I Go (Fu Inle Records)

15. ARMY OF MOTHS – Sorry to Disturb You (self release)

16. REGAL WORM – Pig Views (Uranium Club)

17. PINOIL – Bran Coucou (Dur et Doux)

18. KAVUS TORIBA – Solar Divination ‎[EP] (Believers Roast)

19. ANJA GARBAREK – The Road is Just a Surface [ comes in full length theatrical version and also standard edition] (Grappa)

20. THE LEMON TWIGS – Go To School (4 AD)

21. COURTNEY SWAIN – Growing Pains [EP] (self release)

22. DEEP ENERGY ORCHESTRA – Playing With Fire (7D Media)

23. FORGAS BAND PHENOMENA – L’Oreille Electrique (Cuneiform Records)

24. BOB DRAKE – L’Isola Dei Lupi [subscription edition with book of photos] (RER Megacorp)

25. DINOSAUR – Wonder Trail (Edition Records)

26. MATS/MORGAN – Live with Norrlandsoperan Symphoney Orchestra [DVD + 2 CD] (Morgan Records)

27. JACK O’ THE CLOCK – Repetitions of the Old City: II (self release)

28. THUMPERMONKEY – Make Me Young Etc (Rockosmos)

29. DWIKI DHARMAWAN – Rumah Batu (MoonJune Records)

30. FERNANDO PERDOMO – Zebra Crossing (Forward Motion Records)

31. STOP MOTION ORCHESTRA – Lightworks (Megaphone / Knock ’em Dead)

32. MOMUS – Pantaloon (American Patchwork)

33. EYELESS IN GAZA – Winter Sang (A-Scale)

34. KEEP MIN 2 DOT – Wounded Golden Section (self release)

35. OFFICER! – Earlier Music (Klanggalerie)

36. SYRINX CALL – The Moon on a Stick (Cargo Records)

37. THE WRONG OBJECT – Into The Herd (Off Records, powered by MoonJune)

38. ROPHONIC – In With The Out Crowd (Discus Music)

39. GRYPHON – Reinvention (self release)

40. MYRA MELFORD’s SNOWY EGRET – The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12 Records)

(Updated on 16 Jan 2019)

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