In the penultimate Tracks of the Year list, Andy Page gives us his ten best from 2018.
1. Ash – Buzzkill
Downpatrick’s favourite sons returned with an irresistible piece of sweary fuzz-pop with backing vocals by none other than Peely’s faves The Undertones.
2. Cabbage – Arms Of Pleonexia
Parent album Nihilistic Glamour Shots was packed full with darkly delightful songs, Arms Of Pleonexia surging with some intensity and a killer chorus.
3. Josh Rouse – Love In The Modern Age
The title track of Rouse’s 11th studio album perfectly showcased the 80s sophisti-pop within, pitched somewhere between The Blue Nile and Tears For Fears circa Songs From The Big Chair. In other words, glorious.
4. Holy Motors – Honeymooning
If you loved last year’s Cigarettes After Sex album or maybe Mazzy Star, make room in your life for the wonderful Holy Motors, who trade in the same kind of beautifully realised melancholia.
5. The Coral – Eyes Like Pearls
Enjoying something of a renaissance, The Coral turned in a set of sumptuous tunes not far away from ELO circa their 1979 Discovery album. Eyes Like Pearls was maybe the pick of the bunch.
6. Amber Arcades – Simple Song
Annelotte de Graaf, AKA Amber Arcades, provided this slice of understated loveliness which recalls Stereolab while simultaneously moving on a step from her stellar 2016 debut Fading Lines.
7. B.C.Camplight – I’m
From the very brilliant Deportation Blues, I’m Desperate is a breakneck turbo-charged song which it’s impossible not to play again immediately once heard. Try it!
8. Johnny Marr – Spiral Cities
The standout tune from Marr’s third solo record Call The Comet, Spiral Cities had been a live favourite for three years already, but came of age in 2018 and finally came out as a single. Featuring guitars that sound, pleasingly, a lot like Johnny Marr.
9. Anna Burch – 2 Cool 2 Care
A proper feel good song which takes residence in the head after a single listen and sounds maybe very slightly like The Wannadies‘ ‘You and Me Song’.
10. Pinkshinyultrablast – Dance A.M.
Mixing more of a dance element into their shoegaze blueprint, the Russian superheroes made the best album of the year, which started with this fabulous track.