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PopMatters' 20 Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Albums of 2018

PopMatters' 20 Best Avant-Garde and Experimental Albums of 2018

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19. Park Jiha - Communion

Park Jiha - Communion
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

18. The Necks - Body

The Necks - Body
August 14, 2018
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

17. Aïsha Devi - DNA Feelings

Aïsha Devi - DNA Feelings
May 11, 2018
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

14. Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet

Kelly Moran - Ultraviolet
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

Ultraviolet sees Moran attempting to find the place where opposing forces converge. Starting from a minimal perspective, with a solitary piano as the main guide through this journey, she can awaken a pronounced ethereal and light characteristic, but further infuse it with a darker element.

12. Trevor Powers - Mulberry Violence

Trevor Powers - Mulberry Violence
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
72
8 reviews

Mulberry Violence makes it clear that he has the artistic scope and emotional depth to take full advantage of the opportunities he has given himself, and the versatility to keep things very interesting.

11. Amnesia Scanner - Another Life

Amnesia Scanner - Another Life
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
83
7 reviews
Through injections of noise, polyrhythmic tendencies and ambient passages, Amnesia Scanner produce a disfigured facade of their roots. It is this ongoing mutation that is so enticing that makes this act so compelling.

10. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides reminds us why pop music became popular music in the first place. Its catchy melodies, sing-along capabilities, and relatability provide a far-reaching cultural tool.

9. Kilchhofer - The Book Room

Kilchhofer - The Book Room
February 28, 2018
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

8. serpentwithfeet - soil

serpentwithfeet - soil
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
The album is a visionary statement of arrival, a potent and singular masterpiece that exposes the deepest chambers of a fiercely beating heart with a singular purity of focus. It's a mesmerizing journey of self-actualization in an era when constant connection makes that all the more difficult.

4. Tim Hecker - Konoyo

Tim Hecker - Konoyo
September 28, 2018
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

While carrying over many of the practices of his previous record, Tim Hecker shifts his perspective away from the dreamscapes of Love Streams and explores a darker spiritual realm on Konoyo.

2. Julia Holter - Aviary

Julia Holter - Aviary
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

With her new record, Aviary, Julia Holter expands her scope to include elements of free improvisation, neo-classical leanings, and folk-induced hallucinations, thereby producing a substantial work of art.

1. Lonnie Holley - MITH

Lonnie Holley - MITH
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
Original Source: https://www.popmatters.com/best-experimental-albums-2018-2623308555.html
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