Once more into the hair shirt, dear friends...
Having already named the four projects falling outside normal 'release' boundaries that complete our list, we press on somewhat arse about face to present LMYE's Festive 33-1/3 in full.
Clunky though it clearly is, our approach remains the same: two sets of 2018 releases (15 each) that meant especially much to us over the year, selected independently with both sets limited to no more than one pick per artist/label.
Once overlaps have been horse-traded into a final 30, the list is supplemented with our additional quartet.
In all of this, our goal is always to spread recognition as far as possible: over & above LMYE's desire to embrace - rather than limit - the multiplicity of sounds & artists we love, this is an attempt to acknowledge & respond to year-end lists' inevitable partiality.
It's never comfortable to reflect on how different ours might look on another day or in another mood, given every year's surfeit of compelling music..
Moreover, some labels' outstanding output forces unpalatable choices. Notable releases like Jana Winderen's Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone, Triac's Departure & M. Geddes Gengras's Light Pipe (all ineligible because of labelmate selections) are clearly still core parts of the year's best...
Note that a number of fine labels regrettably unrepresented here, such as ACR, Polar Seas & Schwebung, will feature in a follow-up piece on the year's key compilations.
As always, for a more inclusive picture of our listening please explore the monthly Lend Me Your Radio series on SoundCloud, al's Mixcloud & jl's Bandcamp (collection & wish list)...
ASC :: (Auxiliary)
Monty Adkins :: Empire (LINE)
William Basinski & Lawrence English :: (Temporary Residence)
Tomasz Bednarczyk :: (Room40)
Lea Bertucci :: Metal Aether (NNA)
Philipp Bückle :: Paintings (Moving Furniture)
Casino Versus Japan :: (self-release)
CMD094 :: (No Problema)
The Caretaker :: Everywhere at the end of time (self-release)
Kate Carr :: the thing itself and not the myth (Glistening Examples)
Dominic Coppola :: (Strange Rules)
Sarah Davachi :: Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital Program)
Etelin :: Hui Terra (Soda Gong)
Forest Management :: (self-release)
Gray Acres :: (Sound In Silence)
Rafael Anton Irisarri :: (Umor Rex)
France Jobin & Richard Chartier :: DUO (mAtter)Laura Luna Castillo :: Laminares (Genot Centre)
Mordançage :: (Fluid Audio)
øjeRum :: Selected Organ Works (Vaknar)
Orphax :: Summer's End (Low Point)
Jim O'Rourke :: Steamroom [#38-42] (self-release)
Pausal :: (Hibernate)Francis Plagne & Crys Cole :: Two Words (Black Truffle)
Poemme :: (Constellation Tatsu)
Positive Centre :: (Horo)
r beny :: (self-release)Geneva Skeen :: A Parallel Array Of Horses (Room40)
Tapes and Topographies :: (Simulacra)
Ultrafog :: How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer (Motion Ward)
Various :: All (Longform Editions)
Various :: Live at Human Resources (Touch)Ian Wellman :: Susan's Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City's Night Sky (Dragon's Eye)
Important: LMYE only makes music available that artists/labels have chosen to share freely. Let us know if something here shouldn't be.