WL//WH The Very Best Of ‘Track Of The Day’ 2018

Of almost 260 songs I reviewed this year, I am pleased to release my”best Of ” list. By no means am I claiming these to be the best , just worthy , and I would appreciate the recognition and work of these artists. Grazie mille!!!


DAY BEFORE US “Et Lux In Tenebris Lucet”                                                                                                           

A dense and evocative ambient composition of strong emotional impact and gloomy feel, counterpointed and spelt out by sinister ricocheting beats since the first notes, exudes an impending inescapable aura of menace and desolation, sharing equal parts beauty and darkness.

PRIMITIVE LIPS “Into Nothing”                                                                                                                         


“Into Nothing” is a fascinating and poignant, 80’s Brit inspired, post punk/new wave gem,…showing a band of distinctive melodic talent and impressive maturity.


UIU “Nightdriver”

A mesmerizing nocturnal ride into the misery of a human soul hopelessly disconnected in a world that is falling apart.

TALK TO HER “Zodiac”                                                                                                                                           

“Zodiac” is utterly infectious, sensual and highly danceable, an impressive debut!


TRUEMANTIC “Vento Del Sud”                                                                                                                                   

Soundscapes of hazy fragility alternate with maximalistic rhythmic accelerations of brooding and melodic synth-driven post-punk and electro-pop nuances.

SINCE ALWAYS “We Still Know How To Dream”

An intense and vibrant atmosphere of delicacy and energy, sweetness and angst, melancholy and longing, a persuasive and thrilling way to set the tone for their upcoming sophomore album.


MODERN HEAVEN “Permanent Vacation”                                                                                                                 


Four sublime minutes of vibrant and touching atmospheric bliss crafting an immersive and disarming piece of sheer modern ‘soul music’.

SOMA CAKE “Keep Them Away”                                                                                                                 

Cold, minimal, and effective, an electrifying haze of reverbed guitars underpinned by emotional vocals laced with deep melancholy and nostalgia. 


SOCIAL STATION “Try (Cross My Heart)”                                                                                                                   


A highly melodic blend of darkwave, post-punk and dreampop, with seductive urgent harmonies, conveying the darkest side of the mind.

FADING RAIN “Cut The Silence”

Solid and gripping gloomy post-punk brimming with visceral sincerity. 


PURIENT “Lose”                                                                                                                                                     

An intricate, gloomy, and dark affair steeped in a desolate, bleak meditation that deeply entices and hypnotises.

DEAD LITTLE PENNY “U 4 Me”                                                                                                                     

A song deeply personal and intimate yet simultaneously sublime and profound, amplified by music and vocals of piercing and touching beauty.


LUNA HONEY “Peace Will Grind You Down”                                                                                             

This song embraces a struggle many women face everyday and will make you cry for her whether you believe in God or not.

THE STAVE CHURCH “Not Quite Right”                                                                                                       

The sober baritone vocals are indignant and merciless, revealing deep feelings of discontentment and frustration through an evocative and introspective exploration of life, love and identity.


NERVE QUAKES “Running”                                                                                                                               

Frantic and intense dark energy fueled by haunted, hardened vocals that shine through an expression of uncompromising strength and determination.

PILGRIMS OF YEARNING “Florence”                                                                                                                             

“Florence” is about something, in this case idealistic love and pure art, that is of great significance in one’s life, an extra-ordinary experience that can be at times overwhelming, comforting, and utterly passionate.


AZAR PARALELO “Lucero Underground”                                                                                                      

An intriguing blend of krautrock rhythmic repetition, pulsating post-punk, reverb-drenched shoegaze, gloomy darkwave and addictive 80’s pop.

GLOWING VOID “Shrine”                                                                                                                                   

A beautifully dark-sounding synth-laden coldwave gem about love, loss, and anger.


SCHEDULE IV “Stray”                                                                                                                                                 

Embue hometown of Detroit’s urban, industrial, futuristic essence between decadence and reconstruction, recovery and resilience.



A minimal mix of dark and reverbed shoegaze atmospherics with the gray melancholy of post-punk, profoundly inspired by personal turmoil and depression.


NÜRNBERG “Biessensoŭnasć”                                                                                                                     


80’s British influenced cold post-punk / new wave sound crawling with melancholy, gloom and desolation awash with shimmering reverb and bittersweet melodies.

GRASSHOPPER “Grin”                                                                                                                                  

Strikes the perfect balance between gloomily urgent and intense post-punk instrumentation,  haunting breathtaking vocals and profound lyrics.


OPALE “Eternelle Nostalgie”                                                                                                                             

Nebulous and dreamy impressionistic soundscapes rich with other-wordly emotional nuances.

PUSH BUTTOM PRESS “Transfiguration”                                                                                                                     

A dark and intense, danceable post-punk song about, change, acceptance, and isolation.