Our round-up of upcoming releases collects all of the album and EPs you should know about in December 2018.
With Christmas imminent and the final year of the decade on the way, it’s a quiet month with little in the way of new releases, but there’s still a few worthwhile offerings of fresh material to look out for.
We’ve gathered releases from across the alternative genres that we love, including the worlds of indie, post-punk and shoegaze and dream pop, electropop and riot grrrl, plus the odd prominent album from beyond our usual comfort zone.
The highest profile full-length of the month from a mainstream standpoint is likely to be XXXTENTACION‘s posthumous album Skins, but for those with a bit more taste, note the forthcoming album from XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen, 7th) and two physical Guided By Voices EPs (both 7th).
Veteran symphonic metal group Within Temptation (14th) and ska-punk heroes Reel Big Fish (21st) also release full albums, while the year closes out with the fourth album from post-hardcore band Palisades (28th).
There’s also the worldly Her Songs EP (14th), featuring material from an international female and non-binary artist collective comprised of Maddie Jay, Emily Browning, The Naked Eye, Marie Dahlstrøm and Dani Marcia.
Read on for the full list, arranged by date, and let us know if we’ve missed something truly essential.
Even though December is a bit thin on the ground, and even though many of you may instead be focusing on revisiting the year to date, there’s still a few releases you should take the time to give a spin, especially on the first weekend of the month.
FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood tips the new EP from London’s Chemtrails (7th) and the intriguing debut from electropop queen Vanity Fairy, also an EP and also out on the 7th.
Her slightly more out there tip is the Juniper EP, the latest from Denmark’s atmospheric metal star and Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Myrkur. It is, again, out on the first Saturday.
1 December 2018
Beans on Toast – A Bird in the Hand
7 December 2018
AFI – The Missing Man EP (Ex Noctem Nacimur)
Alright – On the Outs EP (Black Numbers)
Chemtrails – Cuckoo Spit EP (PNKSLM)
Guided By Voices – 100 Dougs EP
Guided By Voices – Wine Cork Stonehenge EP
HXXS – MKDRONE EP (Captured Tracks)
LP – Heart to Mouth (Vagrant)
Luke Howard – More Heart Stories EP (Mercury KX)
Myrkur – Juniper EP (Relapse)
TESHA – Growing Pain II EP
Vanity Fairy – Lust for Dust EP
Xiu Xiu & Larsen – Puff O’Gigio (Bad Paintings)
XXXTENTACION – Skins (Empire)
14 December 2018
All Ears Avow – Skin and Bones EP
Outrageous Cherry – Meet You in the Shadows (Burger)
The Decemberists – Traveling On EP (Rough Trade)
Within Temptation – Resist (Vertigo)
Various Artists – Her Songs EP
21 December 2018
Reel Big Fish – Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! (Rock Ridge)
28 December 2018
Palisades – Erase the Pain (Rise)