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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Experimental & Modern Composition Albums of 2018

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Experimental & Modern Composition Albums of 2018

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10. Christina Vantzou - No. 4

Christina Vantzou - No. 4
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
3 reviews

9. Alexandra Stréliski - Inscape

Alexandra Stréliski - Inscape
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
1 review

8. Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet

Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
10 reviews

Ultraviolet is indebted to the charm of the natural world, but with it, Moran unlocks dazzling new ones in the process, keys jammed firmly between the strings of her instrument.

7. Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
3 reviews

6. Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest

Sarah Davachi - Gave In Rest
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
7 reviews

Once again, Davachi's electro-acoustic compositions manifest as expansive vistas, each of her tracks zooming in on granular details hidden deep within sounds we take for granted.

5. Nils Frahm - All Melody

Nils Frahm - All Melody
January 26, 2018
Critic Score
19 reviews

It's an impressive compilation of provocatively disparate ideas, but taken in in its intended order, there's a mesmerizing continuity to it all.

4. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

Tim Hecker - Konoyo
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
18 reviews

Hecker's clever ability to shift and adapt is clearly on display with Konoyo. A dreamlike song cycle, the album is more than an extension of the grandeur of Love Streams. It's a refined, focused exploration of traditions both adhered to and transcended.

2. Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth

Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth
June 22, 2018
Critic Score
25 reviews
On his fourth LP, the L.A. saxophonist unleashes yet another colossal batch of material, exploring an unfathomable scope of moods, genres and ideas over 16 tracks and 150 minutes.

1. Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
2 reviews

On Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Dutcher focuses mainly on what is still relevant today; the songs that have been rediscovered, recovered and revived here are beautiful, celebratory and very much alive.

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