Best of 2018 (so far)

updated August 25

for top 2018 instrumental tracks

I'm keeping track of my favorites as 2018 goes along. The rules are --
  • only one track per band or musician (that will suck but it has to be done)
  • NYP on Bandcamp (also very sucky but otherwise we aren't focusing on the new and under-rated artists) (For now, I will add any tracks at any price, and at the end of the year then the non-free tracks can go onto the Honorable Mentions list.)
  • soundclips are ok
  • released in 2018 (duh)
  • instrumental (movie sound clips are OK)
  • stoner / psych / metal / desert (double duh)

When the year is up, it would be great to see this list be about 60 to 90 minutes which is what I think of as the ideal playlist -- long enough for a good walk or hike, or a long section of desert highway.... And you can always hit replay if you need to hear it again. 

These are listed how I think they sound best as an entire playlist. So they are not ordered by date or rank or whatever ... this will change around as the year goes on.

Kosmodrom was one of the first bands I found on Bandcamp that completely blew me away. Then they dropped this album a month later and I knew that instrumental heavy rock / metal / stoner / desert / fuzz was my thing.
  I really dig the sound of these two guys. Just two people are making all this noise. Sticks & Strings. Two brothers out of Denver. Reading about Sugar Skulls and Marigolds was how I discovered the phrase "instru-metal."
  Wow do I ever love a good sound clip. This track will end up on my Best Soundclips list for sure.
  We don't know anything about this band except that they are from France. And they kick some stoner heavy desert ass.
  This was a tough choice. Marco has released -- and I am not kidding here -- at least 20 albums already this year alone. Break 4 is a great track on its own, but also it is on this list since it is the first Marco track I heard. This song really blows me away with its melody while at the same time showcasing Marco's metal guitar skill.
  What's that? You've never heard of Swiss metal? Now you have.
  Another band from France. Also amazing.
  Not quite as prolific as Marco Di Stasio but pretty close. A two-man group like Sugar Skulls & Marigolds, but this time we have metal jamming. No two songs are alike or will every be played the same again.
  There is a great story hehind these funky groovy jams. Check it out here.

Honorable Mentions

These got squeezed off the list for time constraints, or there is already a track from the artist on the list, or maybe they are not free on Bandcamp, or maybe they just didn't quite make it as a top track of 2018 but they are still really good.