It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2018 rapidly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been another crazy year of highs and lows- it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in
Continuing our annual end of year tradition; we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists. Telling us their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next take over comes from New Orleans based label, alongside their work with bands, Strange Daisy Records is also an independent graphic design studio. Both Pat and Rob behind Strange Daisy have had an incredible year and have introduced us to some outstanding acts (we’re looking at you Matron). We hand over to the pair to find out more about their year in music…
· Top 5 releases of the year (in no particular order)
The intensity and aggression of the record juxtaposed against its pop sentimentality makes it a dense and flavorful record. The nuances of rhythm and tempo are also one of a kind.
Circuit Sweet readers are probably familiar with this band. We’ve been following these guys since their previous output in Colour. Interesting riffs. Interesting vocals. Great record.
I couldn’t have been more excited to hear about a record coming out this year. TRM are an instrumental rock band from Ireland. Their previous records have been on constant repeat for years. They just make the best melodies. This is their first record in 8 years.
A band sadly many people don’t know about. This is an Anthology album of all their recordings that they released this year. Hopefully someone hears this and finds their new favorite song. For fans of Hum.
This was a random find that stuck with me. Short and sweet. I can’t help but play some of these tracks over and over. They kinda have a Real Estate vibe and they’re from Canada.
This is an album I just found and am listening to now. It’s incredible so far and could be a contender for a favorite 2018 release. Shoegaze album of the year out of Austin, TX.
· The best gig you have attended
There are two recent ones that come to mind:
The Mercury Program – 11.11.18 – Pensacola, FL
SDR took a field trip to our neighbors in Florida for this one. The Mercury Program performed their album A Data Learn The Language in its entirety. This was a bucket list band.
Minus The Bear / Tera Melos – 11.29.18 – New Orleans, LA
This was a dream. Two of our absolutely favorites. The two bands I’ve probably seen the most. Together.
It was a very different set from Tera Melos that I’ve seen before and MTB are the best.
• Label Highlights of your year
These have to be the 5 releases we got to work on. Every one of them was fun and they’re all quite different. Have a listen.
A Living Soundtrack – Tezukayama (Electronic/Jazzy/Psychedelic)
Buster Kidd – Snake Throws (Instrumental Hip Hop/Downtempo/Beats)
LoOmis – Shark Water (Lofi/Mathy/Indie)
Matron – Standing Water (Progressive/Indie/Alternative)
Mode Dodeca EP (Experimental/Mathy/Post Rock) – Coming Soon!
•Artist/Band to watch for 2019
There’s always so many to name, but we’re going to keep it closer to home. Here’s a list of 7 artists from New Orleans and Austin that we’ve seen this year that just make incredible music. All different styles. Just click the names and go down the rabbit hole.
•Plans for the New Year
Right now, we’re having fun planning the releases for next year. We’re teaming up with some phenomenal musicians. Couldn’t be more excited about the music that will be shared. We’re also working on a comp! Stay tuned… @thestrangedaisy
A huge thank for your Rad Releases Contributions, looking forward to hearing the comp!