The year is slowly coming to an end, and while the first Christmas sweets are aggressively displayed in the grocery store of you choice, I indulged in the tidal waves of releases October offered me – from my experience, October tends to be one of the strongest months in terms of new records. Peak autumn, so to speak. I could have listed so many albums in this new episode of The Noise Of, but I decided to cut down my shortlist significantly to give you only the best of the best. So let’s get into it!
AAC is always a sign of quality, and they definitely prove that with their second art pop release of the year. After the phenomenal new record by Lack The Low, Jessica O’Donoghue‘s Rise Up combines sophisticated pop sensibilities with modern classical elements and an overly charismatic voice.
Gillian Carter announced a new album, and my excitement went through the roof – and when they released Salvation Through Misery, they exceeded my already high expectations. This album is dark, heavy, and gritty; it honors its skramz roots while incorporating all kinds of different elements. Fantastic balance between basement show energy and professional production!
When I first heard of NNAMDÏ, I was solely interested in his stuff because he played drums for Monobody, and Monobody are an awesome band. I enjoyed DROOL quite a bit back in 2017, but didn’t really follow up with NNAMDÏ – up until the first singles from his new album Please Have A Seat dropped. Now, this fascinating mixture of art pop and math rock totally captured me, resulting in one of my favorite albums of the year. This is absolutely and utterly brilliant.
Her fanastic EP, her work with Like Lovers – Elena Steri is one of the most exciting art pop artists in Europe. And if her previous work wasn’t proof enough, her new album Soft Trigger is a statement – gentle, yet powerful; playful, yet empowering. A beautiful piece of art.
Nothing short of one of the best metal records of the year. Psychedelic and progressive but razor-sharp and focused. 20 Buck Spin prove to be a fantastic label for forward-thinking metal, and Deava is some top-notch black metal with a phenomenal record under their belt.
Apparitions – Eyes Like Predatory Wealth
October 14 // The Garrote
This hits you like a truck on a street covered in the thickest fog. You won’t see it coming, but when it hits you, you just have to travel along.
Handbook – Glint
October 14 // Loci Records
An overlooked gem, suprisingly beautiful, surprisingly deep – after her fantastic EP earlier this year, I was waiting eagerly for Arny Margret‘s full-length the only talk about the weather. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t disappoint, and I’m looking forward to spinning it throughout the cold months.
There is not much I can say to add to the level of admiration I already expressed for Loyle Carner – like the one time his album Not Waving, But Drowning was Everything Is Noise‘s album of the year. Or any other occasion I used to praise his work. I’m tremendously grateful that we can experience his growth as an artist with each release, and that he shares his intimate storytelling with us. hugo is another blessing.
Finnish death metal act Devenial Verdict are definitely a bit rough around the edges, but damn, their branch of slightly dissonant and heavily atmosphere metal really does wonders for me. I don’t know if I will get back to this record regularly, but for now, this is fucking awesome.
A The Noise Of episode without a Pelagic release wouldn’t feel right – luckily for me, Psychonaut are making this an easy pick. I’m always extremely impressed if a band manages to take a huge leap in quality, and no other band other than Ithaca showed such an improvement in quality as Psychonaut did with Violate Consensus Reality!
How do other bands in the genre feel like when they check out Arm’s Length? Inspired? Desperate? The thing I know is that their songwriting abilities are extra-terrestrial, and this was never more jaw-dropping then on their new album Never Before Seen, Never Again Found. It’s crazy.
Nosaj Thing is one of the first artists who made me fall in love with electronica – next to other artists like Aphex Twin, Lapalux, Tipper or BT, his music shaped my interest in electronic music until today. With Continua, Nosaj Thing proved his artistic relevance once again, and that I still adore his music.
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