Timber and Steel’s Top Albums of 2018

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Despite a quiet year on the blogging front from Timber and Steel 2018 was still a huge year for folk, roots, singer-songwriter and acoustic music with some amazing albums and EPs dropping throughout the year.

So we couldn’t resist continuing the tradition and once again bring you our top albums of the year.

Emma Davis
1. Emma DavisDemons
When we picked her single “Danger in Me” as our top track of 2017, it was almost a forgone conclusion that Emma Davis’ 2018 follow up album Demons would rank highly in this list.

Davis is one of the most talented lyricists in Australia right now and Demons is testament to her talents.

The singles that Emma Davis has drip fed us throughout the last few years have always had stunning production values and this album ties those earlier songs together seamlessly with her newer material to create 38 minutes of pitch-perfect folk-pop.

Go out and listen to Demons from start to finish right now.

Laura Veirs
2. Laura VeirsThe Lookout
Laura Veirs takes a huge leap forward as a singer and a songwriter with an album that’s more complex than her earlier work without losing sight of everything we’ve always loved about her music.

Hospital Hill
3. Jack Carty & Gus GardinerHospital Hill
The passion project from BFF’s Jack Carty and Gus Gardiner, Hospital Hill perfectly marries Carty’s beautiful songs with the string arrangements they’ve always deserved.

I'm With Her
4. I’m With HerSee You Around
Three of the best Americana singer-songwriters coming together for a collaborative album that manages to feel totally modern while still having its roots firmly in folk.

Courtney Marie Andrews
5. Courtney Marie AndrewsMay Your Kindness Remain
Courtney Marie Andrews is easily the most buzz-worthy Americana artist coming out of the US at the moment and if you listen to May Your Kindness Remain you’ll understand why.

Honest Man
6. John Flanagan TrioHonest Man
The evolution of John Flanagan continues with his trio (plus more) coming together for an album that leads with its lyrics and then knocks you over with the sheer mastery of the musicianship.

Passenger
7. PassengerRunaway
If there’s a year that Passenger releases an album then you can guarantee that’s a year he appears on this list – one of our favourite songwriters.

Evening Machines
8. Gregory Alan IsakovEvening Machines
The long awaited new album from Gregory Alan Isakov lives up to the expectations. Seriously can’t wait to see him when he hits these shores next year.

Johnny Flynn
9. Johnny Flynn & The Sussex WitLive At The Roundhouse
While live albums are not usually our cup of tea, Johnny Flynn has delivered something very special here – a career retrospective with all the “hits”, masterfully arranged with The Sussex Wit. Plus we finally have a recording of all three verses of “Detectorists”

Iron & Wine
10. Iron & WineWeed Garden
A beautiful EP featuring everything you want from Iron & Wine. This one was on repeat for much of this year.

The Low Anthem
11. The Low AnthemThe Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea
We feel like we’ve been waiting for a new album from The Low Anthem for far too long and when The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea we were delighted with the result. A stunning, stripped back piece of nu-folk

OCMS
12. Old Crow Medicine ShowVolunteer
OCMS have doubled down on their old time and bluegrass roots with Volunteer which may be one of their best albums to date.

Collide
13. Imogen ClarkCollide
With Collide Imogen Clark has really started to embrace her country, pop and Americana roots without losing her confessional singer-songwriter style.

First Aid Kit
14. First Aid KitRuins
The Swedish sisters have done it again with an album that wears its influences like a badge of honor.

Sam Newton
15. Sam NewtonStare Into The Dark
Sydney’s hardest working singer-songwriter has really delivered with his latest album, leaning in on the full band sound and giving us 11 amazing songs to play over and over again.

Milk Carton Kids
16. The Milk Carton KidsAll The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do
The masters of the two part harmony release another gem of an album with All The Things That I Did and All The Things That I Didn’t Do.

William Fitzsimmons
17. William FitzsimmonsMission Bell
Our love for William Fitzsimmons continues to grow with his latest release. Less stripped back than his previous albums, Mission Bell still captures his wistful, ethereal folk sounds.

The Paper Kites
18. The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You Live
The 80s influences have once again be ramped up on The Paper Kites 2018 album On The Corner Where You Live, but their folk roots are still there to be uncovered.

Marlon Williams
19. Marlon WilliamsMake Way For Love
A big part of me hopes that half the people who saw Marlon Williams’ cameo in A Star Is Born went out and bought Make Way For Love and fell in love with the New Zealand crooner. This man deserves to be a superstar.

Whoa Mule
20. Whoa MuleGet You House In Order
Possibly our favourite bluegrass and old time group in Australia right now. Their musicianship is outstanding and sets the bar very high for the rest of us.

Mustered Courage
21. Mustered CourageWe Played With Fire
The boys make a huge splash on their latest album with some tight bluegrass inspired tunes including a killer collaboration with Fanny Lumsden on “Best Impressions”.

Cas
22. LúnasaCas
There’s a reason that Lúnasa are considered the premiere trad band in the world right now – Cas is a truly a masterpiece.

Campfire
23. Kasey ChambersCampfire
With each album Kasey Chambers is leaning more heavily on the roots and Americana parts of her sound and we love it.

Take Me To Town
24. VariousTake Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation
Take Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation captures an important point in the Australian Americana and alt-country story, showcasing the quality songwriters and artists who make up the local scene. A must have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Australian country music.

Tim Hart
25. Tim HartThe Narrow Corner
The long awaited new solo album from Boy & Bear alumni Tim Hart is another lesson in heart-on-sleeve lyrics and understated folk song writing.

2 Comments

  1. mackajay said,

    December 19, 2018 at 21:51

    Thanks g!

  2. December 21, 2018 at 09:50

    […] – We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, I’m With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Kasey Chambers, Laura Veirs, Lúnasa, Marlon Williams, The Milk Carton Kids, Mustered Courage, Old Crow Medicine Show, Passenger, Sam Newton, The Low Anthem, The Paper Kites, Tim Hart, Whoa Mule, William Fitzsimmons and more. Details here […]


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