My Top Albums of 2018

Life as it is  EP-release show. Photo by  Min Kim .

Life as it is EP-release show. Photo by Min Kim.

From my home in wintry Winnipeg on this first Sunday of 2019, I hope you had a safe and special New Year’s celebration with you and yours—ringing in the New Year with great company, many laughs and of course your favourite tunes.

I may be slightly living in the past, but great music is worth dwelling on.

Over the course of 2018, I pursued new opportunities and experienced music in different ways, all of which shaped a memorable year for me.

The year started off with my release of Life as it is in February. I put on a special EP-release party, performing with my brother and a few of my best friends for an amazing crowd at The Park Theatre. What an experience that was, and it is definitely a treasured memory. Before I knew it, I interned with the fantastic team at Winnipeg Folk Festival, graduated from an incredibly challenging program, and started a new career.

I’ve also begun to collaborate and experiment with new music. I’m excited to bring a new project to light and am looking forward to sharing it with you in 2019!

But enough about what’s to come and on to the music I admired and got lost in last year. For the last two years, I went all-out and listed many worthy albums (maybe too many). For my ninth annual list, I’ll scale it back and go for a top 12. Swipe through the carousel below for my favourite albums from 2018. Cheers!

If you’re reading this on mobile, turn your device to landscape in order to read my detailed take on each album. Cycle through and click each album’s artwork for a favourite track too.

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Honourable Mentions:


Dan Mangan - More Or Less
Lucius - NUDES
Wild Nothing - Indigo
Maribou State - Kingdoms in Colour
Porches - The House
Bob Moses - Battle Lines
Blood Orange - Negro Swan
S. Carey - More I See

Big Red Machine - Big Red Machine
Dawes - Passwords
Natalie Prass - The Future and the Past
Lord Huron - Vide Noir
Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose
Humans - Going Late
We Are The City - AT NIGHT


If you’re on Spotify, check out my Dearest Streams of 2018 playlist, which features all of my favourite tracks from the above albums and more. Also check out my latest EP, Life as it is, on your platform of choice if you haven’t yet!


As always, reach out and let me know which albums you really enjoyed last year.

Looking forward to more musical endeavours and favourite albums in 2019.

- MG