Trace Mountains' "A Partner to Lean On" was one of my favorites from 2018. It was always stuck in my head.
This month, Trace Mountains released "Lost in the Country", a melodic gem at first listen (the Trace Mountains standard). Its 10 tracks were released on Lame-O Records, each a special collection of soft and distorted instrumentation, bolstered throughout by strong rhythm and colorful instrumental solos. This one's already on my list for best of the year.