Harriet Willis' Best Albums of 2018
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This year, I’ve surprised myself with what I’ve ended up listening to and in turn, what’s become my most played.
society with politics being at the forefront of our minds. With clever literature references and close ties between our world and that of 1984 by George Orwell, Columbia gets the cogs turning and conversations heated.
6. MØ – Forever Neverland
MØ’s second album focuses on her influences from previous collaborations, but at the same time, allows her to speak freely for herself and define the terms of her own album. With only two collaborations from Diplo and Charli XCX, Forever Neverland moves her away from the Major Lazer feature on ‘Lean On’ and shows what she’s really made of. The album is constantly funky and makes you want to clear the kitchen floor for designated dancing space.
7. Black Honey – Black Honey
The self-titled album was incredibly long-awaited from the Brighton four-piece. With a continuous stream of music videos that flow into each other, the creation of a narrative in with the album release made it all more exciting and inclusive. Izzy’s distinguishing vocals laid over a classic, rip-roaring indie composition is a constant through this album, and the overall aesthetic that has been present since day one still goes strong. The self-titled album is an important signifier of the band's identity in the music industry.
8. Slaves – Acts of Fear and Love
The duo from Kent released their third album earlier this year, almost two years since Take Control. After a couple years off with shoulder surgery, training a rat and raising a baby, Slaves hit back with ‘Cut and Run’, a gruelling, raw track with humorous lyrics and a video to match, proving that they still had it. Each release continues to cement their image whilst appearing cleaning each time. Acts of Fear and Love is all of the funny lovable aspects of Slaves with a teeny bit more maturity.
9. Tom Grennan – Lighting Matches
Tom Grennan has rocketed his way through the music industry. From tiny venues to sold-out academy dates, the Londoner has proved his place well and truly. Tom’s rough vocals, funky dress sense and endless lyrical talent are all that make you love him first and then you release, “damn, this is actually an incredible album”. The way you know an album is good is by how little you use the ‘next’ button; whether you’re driving in the car, working on an assignment or getting ready to go out, Lighting Matches literally suits every mood.
10. Troye Sivan – Bloom
From child actor to YouTube star to the brightest star in the world. Troye Sivan’s 2018 album has placed him on an entirely different level to before. Bloom shows Troye coming into his own, fully taking control of his identity and becoming a vital model in the LGBTQ+ community. He is in full bloom, tackling issues such as mental health, sexuality, femininity... You name it, Troye has taken it and turned into a floral music masterpiece.
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5. The Blinders – Columbia This album is quite possibly my favourite debut release of the year. From a small mining town to Manchester to festival stages, The Blinders have truly found their place in the UK music scene. Columbia is a musical call to arms, its arrival came at a vital time in
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