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2018 Artists Picks – The Room In The Wood

[sic] asked some of our favourite artists for their album picks of 2018. The results, as always, were sporadic and wonderful.

We hope that you enjoy this series of feature articles. You will find the lists and thoughts of the artists below as well as a sprinkling of videos from their selections.

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The Room In The Wood

Me and Paul have done five each.

Dave Jackson’s 5:

Deafheaven ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’ –

Together with Wolves in the Throne Room, Deafheaven have seduced me into listening to Metal again. Their new album is a stunning meld of styles that transcends simple genre pigeonholing.

Bryan Ferry & his Orchestra ‘Bitter Sweet’ –

Always been a big Roxy Music fan, especially of their first three ground-breaking albums. But Ferry’s reimagining of his back catalogue as the jazz soundtrack to a Weimar Republic fantasy is a thing of haunting beauty.

Will Oldham ‘Songs of Love & Horror’ –

Bonnie Prince Billy plays stripped down versions of some of his best songs, highlighting the fragile beauty of his distinctive vocal style.

Go-Kart Mozart ‘Mozart Mini-Mart’ –

Lawrence continues to fuse a wonderfully eclectic amalgam of 70s cheese -pop influences with the deadpan faux naive humour of songs like When You’re Depressed and Relative Poverty, bounce along happily in spite of their subject matter. ‘Goodness gracious a tenner a day’.

Hermit & The Recluse ‘Orpheus vs. The Sirens’ –

Laidback hip-hop collaboration between firefighter rapper Ka and producer Animosa in which Kaseem Ryan reinterprets his youth on the streets of Brownsville through Greek Myth.

Paul Cavanagh’s 5:

Kamasi Washington ‘Heaven & Earth’ –

Jazz saxophonist’s epic solo album.

Laura Veirs ‘Lookout’ –

Folky stuff

Julia Jacklin ‘Body’ –

Wistful desert driving song.

Beak> ‘>>>’ –

Minimal electronic weirdness influenced by Can.

Stealing Sheep ‘Joking Me’

Single from the forthcoming album by Liverpool electropop trio.


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