And just like that, 2018 was gone. It slipped away like pound coins in a fruit machine, like Steven Gerrard with Demba Ba bearing down on him. In this day and age it really can feel like everything is doom and gloom but here at SESHWYN we try and focus on the positives - namely the amazing music that’s released all year round.
As such, Episode 29 of the SESHWYN Podcast is devoted to the best sounds of 2018. Expect a bit of everything in this one, hopefully you find something new to love amongst all the noise of the years gone by.
We promise not to make a habit of it again but we reverted to a 12 song format this time around to give 2018 a proper farewell. It’s also the one time of year where every single song manages to make it onto the EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist (because what’s not on Spotify these days?) so there’s even more reason to subscribe to this absolute unit.
With less digging required this month we’re once again highlighting some of our favourite music videos from 2018. From the simple to the sensational, we appreciate anyone investing some thought and effort into visuals during this age of the streaming services.
Khruangbin have been a firm favourite of all three of your SESHWYN hosts (and featured back on Episode 20) but Christy alerted us to their fantastic video for ‘Evan Finds The Third Room’ and now I can’t turn it off. The star of the video has some fierce moves and pretty much represents everyone when they first hear the groovy and infectious tones of Khruangbin.
I had to give one more shout out to Kamasi Washington because he really was the triple threat this year. His album Heaven and Earth is an absolute behemoth of a record, clocking in at over 3 hours but without a second wasted during that time. The artwork is incredible, and he rounded it out with a great video for highlight 'Street Fighter Mas’. Check all of that out, we’re witnessing one of the most important modern jazz musicians carve himself into history.
Coming off the back of three critically lauded LPs, Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle continued his impressive run of form with his latest EP What Happens When I Try to Relax that was released in October.
The video for ‘Microfiche’, one of my favourite tracks from the EP, is an off the wall stop motion piece made by William Child. I have no idea how anyone has the patience and focus for such meticulous craftsmanship but I am always in awe of the end product.
Turnstile have been riding high for a few years now but 2018 really felt like the year that they propelled themselves to the next level. Their sophomore album Time & Space was huge and somehow opened up an even wider audience with their crossover Hardcore sound. Hell, they even hit number one on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart which is mad for a genre that often feels limited in its commercial reach.
The Baltimore boys made sure their visuals were on point across the board and this is most easily demonstrated by their ‘Bomb / I Don’t Wanna Be Blind’ video which perfectly combines the light and colour that they bring to the genre, as well as the aggressive edge that they need to survive in the scene.
Talking of big years, we can’t go too far without discussing Mitski who seemed to be topping Album Of The Year lists left, right and centre with her latest effort Be The Cowboy, which was her fifth album in 6 years.
I loved the raw simplicity of the video for the lead single ‘Geyser’ when I first saw it, and was slightly disappointed to find out that there was a whole production crew needed for what could have been done on a zero budget but the effect remains the same and works perfectly with the track.
If you haven’t listened to Mitski yet then you should probably start as she seems to be everywhere these days, so it feels like it’s only a matter of time before she ends up knocking on your door and forcing you to listen to a copy of Bury Me At Makeout Creek.
The results are in for Hanra’s revered Artist Of The Year award and Ruan van Vliet is the first up to accept his prize. The Dublin based artist has dazzled our judges with his style and humour this year, as perfectly showcased in his Drop Out Of Primary School piece displayed below. I found out that he’s also a drummer in several bands so who knows, he may soon feature further on the podcast if his music lives up to his art.
The legendary Joan Cornella is also a joint winner, and his prize comes in the form of not one, but two SESHWYN artworks dedicated to his art. Hanra himself turned his hand to Cornella’s style for Episode 20 and I also snapped a picture of the lads outside his exhibition in London back in 2017 for Episode 16.
Very deserved winners, please send your submissions in to us now and you could be the lucky recipient this time next year.
Hanra also wanted to award TierZoo the Youtube Channel Of The Year prize that I didn’t even know we were doing. This guy ranks animals against each other…because why not. He must be doing something right because Hanra went as far as to describe his videos as “Excellent” which is arguably the most sincere and passionate I’ve seen him about for a while.
I think that just about sums it up for 2018, it’s done and dusted and can finally be buried. Thanks again for sticking around for the ride, whether you’ve been with us since the start or found us along the way, we appreciate your company all the same.
We have big plans for 2019 and hope to have more SESHWYN content for your eyes and ears so as always hit us up with your songs, suggestions or snacks and we’ll hopefully see you for our return to normal scheduling (well, never that normal) in Episode 30 at the end of January.
Until then, stick to your resolutions and look after yourself.
Peace and love,