Best Albums of 2018
by Stefano Bartolotta & Indie-Roccia

Buckingum Palace <BR> “Club”

Buckingum Palace

This is the debut album for this 3 piece band. It reminds of certain sounds from the 90s, specifically shegaze and post-rock. It might not sound original, but there’s a lot of emotional impact in it.

♪♫ Listen: “Grande Mole” + album stream

Buckingum Palace on Facebook, Instagram.

Baustelle <BR> “L’Amore E La Violenza vol. 2”

“L’Amore E La Violenza vol. 2”

18 years and a lot of changes after their debut album, Baustelle are re-discovering their devotion to Pulp, and are elaborating it with today’s maturity. This album is catchy and cruel at the same time.

♪♫ Listen: “Veronica n. 2” + album stream

Baustelle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Giorgio Canali & Rossofuoco <BR> “Undici Canzoni Di Merda Con La Pioggia Dentro”

Giorgio Canali & Rossofuoco
“Undici Canzoni Di Merda Con La Pioggia Dentro”

With more than 30 years of music under his belt, Canali is still able to make uncompromising, deep and notable songs with the right amount of anger.

♪♫ Listen: “Messaggi a nessuno” + album stream

Giorgio Canali on Soundcloud, Facebook.

Bud Spencer Blues Explosion <BR> “Vivi, Muori, Blues, Ripeti”

Bud Spencer Blues Explosion
“Vivi, Muori, Blues, Ripeti”

A blues-rock duo, BSBE are being constantly able to musically evolve while still boasting the same energy and expressiveness they had when they started more than 10 years ago.

♪♫ Listen: “E Tu?” + album stream

Bud Spencer Blues Explosion on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

One Dimensional Man <BR> “You Don’t Exist”

One Dimensional Man
“You Don’t Exist”

This post-hardcore/noise band came back in 2018 after several years of hiatus, and is still able to sound loud, powerful and genuine, while making uncompromising and meaningful music.

♪♫ Listen: “Don’t Leave Me Alone” + album stream

One Dimensional Man on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram.

Motta <BR> “Vivere O Morire”

“Vivere O Morire”

This is Motta’s second solo album. He was previously a drummer, and you can hear it by the detailed rhythm parts in his music. He has good melodic and lyrical skills too, and a warm voice, so his songs are often very impactful.

♪♫ Listen: “La Nostra Ultima canzone” + album stream

Motta on Facebook, Instagram, www.

Stella Diana <BR> “57”

Stella Diana

The most notable representatives of the up and coming Italian shoegaze scene, Stella Diana cement their status with this new exploration of all the different technical and emotional facets related to reverberation.

♪♫ Listen: “Lurine Rae” + album stream

Stella Diana on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, www.

Daniele Celona <BR> “Abissi Tascabili”

Daniele Celona
“Abissi Tascabili”

Daniele Celona makes rock music, and this is his third album. Every song is paired with a bit of a graphic novel, and, compared to the previous albums, his music is now more complex and less immediate. It requires time and attention, but it’s definitely a quality record.

♪♫ Listen: “HD Blue” + album stream

Daniele Celona on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Dunk <BR> “Dunk”


Dunk is a super group formed by notable Italian musicians: Ettore and Marco Giuradei, Carmelo Pipitone, Luca Ferrari. Giuradei brothers bring a straight and effective songwriting, Pipitone his diverse and always colorful guitar sound and Ferrari his drumming variety. These skills are cleverly put together in a very good album.

♪♫ Listen: “L’Originale” + album stream

Dunk on Facebook, Instagram.

Calibro 35 <BR> “Decade”

Calibro 35

Calibro 35 started 10 years ago as an imaginary soundtrack for Italian police movies from the 70s. They expanded their sound during the years, and their instrumental songs still sound fresh and enticing. Any listener can easily feel like living an irresistible trip when their music is on.

♪♫ Listen: “Travelers” + album stream

Calibro 35 on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, www.

A Toys Orchestra <BR> “Lub Dub”

A Toys Orchestra
“Lub Dub”

During their long career (the first album was released in 2001), A Toys Orchestra explored different aspect of indie-pop music, always keeping a dreamy element in their outputs. Here, in their seventh album, their style becomes more emotional, and, at the same time, more concrete. All the songs are quiet, they sound straight and dynamic at the same time, despite the slow pace, with a perfect balance between variety and cohesion.

♪♫ Listen: “More Than I Need” + album stream

A Toys Orchestra on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Giardini Di Mirò <BR> “Different Times”

Giardini Di Mirò
“Different Times”

Giardini Di Mirò are the most important post-rock Italian band ever. They’re back after 5 years from the previous album, with a new set of songs that boasts a lot of variety, from both musical and emotional point of view. Put simply, this album owns an undisputable beauty.

♪♫ Listen: “Different Times” + album stream

Giardini Di Mirò on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Winter Dies In June <BR> “Penelope, Sebastian”

Winter Dies In June
“Penelope, Sebastian”

This second album by Winter Dies In June is about a love story told backwards, so the first song represents the breakup, and the last one is the beginning. Musically, there’s a wide range of instruments and a clear shoegaze touch. The superior melodies and great execution ability by every musicians make this album intense and deep.

♪♫ Listen: “Aeroplanes” + album stream

Winter Dies In June on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter.

Intercity <BR> “Laguna”


A double album with 22 songs for this band led by brothers Fabio and Michele Campetti. Their songs always had a cinematic touch, a noir atmosphere and nicely unconventional lyrics. Here, their trademark style is particularly on point, and these songs can definitely fill any listener’s heart, also thanks to an out of time sincerity.

♪♫ Listen: “Veracruz” + album stream

Intercity on Facebook.

Riccardo Sinigallia <BR> “Ciao Cuore”

Riccardo Sinigallia
“Ciao Cuore”

Riccardo Sinigallia is a singer-songwriter-producer from Rome. This new album, is his most direct and impactful ever. Melodies don’t intentionally feature a high grade of refinement, and the sound is full of details and dynamics but overall slim, and the vocals are as significant and colorful as ever.

Lyrics are about personal situations and issues on life and society that no-one likes but sooner or later often show up. The merge of these elements work perfectly, and these nine songs are all strong and emotional.

♪♫ Listen: “Ciao Cuore” + album stream

Riccardo Sinigallia on Facebook, Twitter.

Any Other <BR> “Two, Geography”

Any Other
“Two, Geography”

Any Other is a musical project led by Adele Nigro. This is her second album, and it carries a widened style compared to the debut.

You can still hear the US indie from 90s inspiration, and there’s a similarity with contemporary female fronted project like Waxahatchee, Big Thief and Snail Mail. But there’s a jazzy flavor too, because a sax is often used but also because the whole arrangements structure has tempos and stop-and-go’s that can be related to jazz.

“Two, Geography” is a truly complete album, as it can amuse any kind of listening approach: you like it if you just listen thoughtlessly and also if you put a lot of attention on it. You can enjoy its intricacies and the profoundness of the lyrics, but you can do the same if you just care of how it sounds and flows.

♪♫ Listen: “Walkthrough” + album stream

Any Other on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.