The Fashionably Late Top 101 of 2018: Mitski
This year I had an even harder time coming up with my list than I did for the 2017 version of the list, which is probably obvious given there's 101 records in this year's batch (and that's after whittling about 30 off that total). But I just couldn't leave any of these hundred and one records off my list.
As with my 2017 picks, I've gone in alpha order from A-Z and nothing has a number ranking. Partially, that's because I'm pretty indecisive and it also just feels wrong to do anything other than just share the love equally. 101 ways. As always, the list ended up surprising me. Some records I thought might end up on my list are absent, and happily there were quite a few previously unknown bands that ended up stealing my heart and getting themselves in on the list. I truly hope you'll be reminded of some music you enjoyed last year, and I also hope you'll perhaps find new favorites to swoon over from here on out. My sincere and endless thanks to each and every band/artist on the list, because thanks to them 2018 was a little less insane.
What: Be The Cowboy
When: August 2018
Where: Dead Oceans
Why: Wry, jaded, detached, conflicted, powerful. Be The Cowboy is that, and a heck of a lot more. Something about Mitski's voice and lyrics penetrates the heart and beyond, and her 2018 release has a contradictory feeling of being both intensely intimate and elegantly, cooly guarded. Sonically varied, the constant is the irresistible, golden coo of the woman behind the curtain.