2018 has arguably been a good year for for indie music. Not only did it see great new releases by The 1975 and Arctic Monkeys, it also saw the return of indie veterans such as Razorlight, The Kooks, and Interpol. Besides these established acts, the best indie albums 2018 also included exciting debut albums such as Pale Waves’ My Mind Makes Noises or The Academic’s Tales From The Backseat. Check out our list of the best indie albums 2018 to see what you might have missed this year.
10. The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
One of the first great indie albums 2018 arrived in February. The Wombats’ fourth full length is arguably their best since their 2007 debut and his since seen a re-release as an extended version with three additional songs. The Wombats will be taking their powerful pop rock on a huge stadium tour early in 2019.
09. Metric – Art Of Doubt
On their seventh studio album, Art Of Doubt, Canadian quartet Metric play fully fledged indie rock anthems. With her riot girl vocals, frontwoman Emily Haines takes her band to new heights.
08. The Joy Formidable – Aaarth
The Joy Formidable’s fourth studio album Aaarth is layered and spinning, a sound that takes over your space. It’s a guitar-soaked record with psych-vibes that reminds the listener of the importance of nature.
07. Roosevelt – Young Romance
Marius Lauber, the German singer, musician and producer behind Roosevelt got his sunny side up on his second album Young Romance. With his sun-kissed melodies and 80s inspired synths, Roosevelt picked up where his 2016 debut left off.
06. DMA’s – For Now
The Sydney rockers’ second album was released in April and saw DMA’s further develop their sound. While the band can still be compared to Oasis, For Now also stepped out of the band’s comfort zone with more synths and electronic excursions.
05. Middle Kids – Lost Friends
Aussie trio Middle Kids have surprised us with their debut album Lost Friends. The album not only gained them critical acclaim but also a support slot with Bloc Party as well as a sold out headline tour.
04. Arkells – Rally Cry
Canadian rockers Arkells call to the rally on their fifth record Rally Cry. Known for their relentless touring, the band developed their sound from their humble indie rock beginnings to stadium sized pop rock anthems.
03. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
It’s been a long wait for The 1975’s third album but a worthy one. On A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, the Macclesfield four piece once more cement their status as the UK’s most interesting band.
02. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Arctic Monkeys’ sixth album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is without a doubt one of the best indie albums 2018, albeit also the most controversial one. Replacing their signature guitar riffs with a Steinway piano, the Sheffield band have crafted a bold and brilliant record.
01. Black Honey – Black Honey
Black Honey’s debut album has been a long time coming. With their 60s style indie rock and Tarantino inspired aesthetics, the group surrounding frontwoman Izzy B. Phillips have released not only an amazing debut album but also the best indie album of the year.
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