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Music news and albums reviews from 2019
Lingua Ignota, Bastarda, Live Skull, Michel Banabila, Coil, Frank Zappa, Moondog, Mariah, Queens of the Stone Age, Fever Ray, Donato Dozzy, Sounds of Liberation.
Vegyn, DDT, DJ Seinfeld, Queens of the Stone Age, Shanti Celeste, Steven Rutter, Yasuaki Shimizu.
Queens of the Stone Age, Dolly Mixture, Fela Kuti, Daniel Lopatin, Acid Mothers, Rema Rema, John Carpenter, Bruce Springsteen, The Low Anthem, Clipse.
Remember, remember the fifth of November? No, us neither - it’s over a month now since Burn The Beardy Man Day, and we’ve been rather busy here at Chateau Norman. One of the things that has kept us on our toes is all the excellent music that was released last month. Please find ten of th...
Global Communication, Fever Ray, Sorry, Fela Kuti, The Magnetic Fields, The Home Current, Raconteurs, Ween.
American Football Competition, Big Stick, IDLES, Pan American, Arab Strap, The House of Love, Raime, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Clark, Burial, Squarepusher, Cabaret Voltaire.
Cabaret Voltaire, Arab Strap, Mariah, GAS, Gang Starr, The Home Current, IDLES, 65daysofstatic.
Tune-Yards, Guerilla Toss, JME, clipping., Blueboy, XTC, Beat Happening, Roy Montgomery, Greg Foat, Flo & Spicey.
The Low Anthem, Guerilla Toss, JME, Roy Montgomery, Merzbow
American Football, Kim Gordon, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, Anne Müller, Leonard Cohen, Agalloch, Deerhoof, Ben Frost, Moloko, Laibach, Chapterhouse.
Chapterhouse, Laibach, Moloko, Deerhoof, Erik Satie, Leon Vynehall, Shit & Shine, The Pooh Sticks.
Craven Faults, JOHN, Dr. Dre, Suede, Jim O’Rourke, Andy Stott, Acid Mother’s Temple, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, DJ Shadow, The Clash, Molly Nilsson.
Josef K, The Clash, Arthur Russell, Tindersticks, Jeffrey Lewis, Steve Hauschildt, DJ Shadow, Steve Lacy.
The Specials, MONO, Chapterhouse, Moor Mother, Can, Gene Clark, The Fall, Hiro Kone, Giant Swan, Karenn, Psychic Lemon.
This was the month where I wanted to give Bach a slot in this most hallowed of albums of the month lists. But I figured, old Johann has probably received more than enough plaudits in the last three centuries and instead we should give some young 'uns the chance to shine. The Bach record Jonny Greenw...
Thurston Moore, The Fall, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Moor Mother, Have A Nice Life, Nurse With Wound, Chapterhouse.
Dalham, Omni, Anna Meredith, The Pop Group, Cornelius, Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox, Ty Segall, R.E.M., Sudan Archives, Bob Dylan.
Anna Meredith, Fenella (Jane Weaver), Omni, Björk, Mika Vainio, Warmduscher.
Grouper, The Jam, Misfits, Ariel Pink, The Fall, Petbrick, Teebs, XTC, King Crimson, Pulp, Moloko, Black Marble, Scott Walker, Desert Sessions, Pinback.
Petbrick, Zonal, The Fall, King Crimson, Tool, The Jam, Super Furry Animals, Psychic TV, XTC, The Kinks.
Shorelights, Carla dal Forno, Abul Mogard, clipping., Om, Foals, The Dukes of Stratosphear, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man, Matana Roberts.
Sufjan Stevens, Foals, The Dukes of Stratosphear (XTC), Mark Lanegan, Om, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man, Shorelights, Hood.
Big Thief, Lightning Bolt, Mogwai, Slowdive, Gary Numan, Emptyset, 808 State, Ernest Hood, Stephen Mallinder, Mosca
Richard Dawson, Kurt Vile, The Wedding Present, Lightning Bolt, Gary Numan, HTRK, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man.
September was an exciting month at Norman Records as we welcomed two new members of staff to our Sixties Brutalist Concrete Tower Block™. We also welcomed some great new music, before dressing it up nice and warm and sending it out to our lovely customers. Here are the albums it’s been h...
DIIV, Boris, The Cult of Free Love, Roland Kayn, Magic Seas, Mark Hollis, Bruno Bavota, WIVES, Operating Theatre, SQÜRL.
JOHN, Wilco, Blood Orange, Boris, Vic Mars, Beastie Boys, Minor Pieces, WIVES, OMD, Dome.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Competition), Moon Duo, Susumu Yokota, Prefab Sprout, Interpol, Tyler, the Creator, Goldfrapp, The Beatles, HTRK.
65daysofstatic, Alessandro Cortini, Dinosaur Jr., Moon Duo, Can, GLOK, Telefon Tel Aviv, Polytechnic Youth, Dope (Julian Cope).
Cult of Luna, Hiroshi Yoshimura, Paranoid London, Joe-Armon Jones, Thurston Moore, Hiss Golden Messenger, Melvins, Steve Moore.
The Cosmic Dead, Mudhoney, LIFE, Cult of Luna, Roxy Girls, Nils Frahm, Hiss Golden Messenger, Melvins.
Gruff Rhys, Belle and Sebastian, Stereolab, Pixies, Lee Hazelwood, Chelsea Wolfe, Alex Cameron, The Telescopes, The Utopia Strong, Boris, Barry Gray.
The Telescopes, Prince, Metronomy, Piano Magic, Charli XCX, Stereolab, Jenny Hval, Gene Clark.
Sounding “personal” and having “personality” are traits music fans seem to all value in their favourite record. There’s even consensus among musicians, this month alone we sold two records named for that most personal of pronouns, “I”. One of the few things ...
Odd Nosdam, Fennesz, Iggy Pop, Steve Lacy, Astral TV, Throbbing Gristle.
Hildur Guðnadóttir (‘Chernobyl’), Steve Lacy, Fad Gadget, Bat For Lashes, Moloko, L'épée.
Lana Del Rey, Pharmakon, (Sandy) Alex G, Crass, Whitney, Vatican Shadow
The Declining Winter, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Ezra Furman, The Heavy Metal Cowboys of Botswana.
Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon (Competition), Working Men’s Club, The Teardrop Explodes, Joanna Brouk, Redd Kross.
Charles Mingus, Lightning Bolt, Stephen Mallinder, Jay Som, Shannon Lay, Sheer Mag.
Uniform & The Body, Eric Serra, The Hold Steady, King Gizzard, Ride, Sleater-Kinney.
Last month Thom Yorke was probably worried about climate change (as are we) but other than the latest from Radiohead’s most anxious member, July 2019 saw the release of a number of albums that explore the power of the voice including a metal classicist, a Venezuelan party, and a righteous...
Big Thief, Here Lies Man, Blanck Mass, Explosions In The Sky, Dinosaur Jr., Bobby Krlic.
Kandodo 3, Monarch, Marika Hackman, Bdrmm, Zero 7, John Carpenter & Alan Howarth.
Zero 7, Marika Hackman, The Wedding Present, Coil, Raekwon.
Portico Quartet, Ty Segall, Russian Circles, Sons of Kemet, The Wedding Present.
Sonic Youth, Jay Reatard, The Wedding Present, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Thom Yorke, Föllakzoid.
DIIV, Warmduscher, Sarathy Korwar, Japanese Television, Watine.
Fugazi, Solange, Sounds of Liberation, Fennesz, Makaya McCraven.
Siavash Amini, The Cramps, The Total Rejection, Prince, Wild Billy Childish.
Crass, The Flaming Lips, Craven Faults, Trash Kit, Ludovico Einaudi.
Charles Mingus, Drab Majesty, Félicia Atkinson, Pere Ubu, Nivhek, Floating Points.
It was Father’s Day in June, so what better to get through the dad month than some dad music? Kevin Martin and Bill Callahan both explore the anxieties of parenthood, while Bruce Springsteen is a bit more interested in being embarrassing to your kids. We even enjoyed music by some actual child...
Plus The Velvet Underground, Silver Mountains, Captain Beefheart, Floating Points
Ø (Mika Vainio), Suicide, Melvins, Bonobo.
Update: Bonobo, Thom Yorke, Jesca Hoop.Team Norman | Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Sigur Rós, Melvins, BEAK>, Suicide, Minami Deutsch, Muslimgauze, Oren Ambarchi.
Update: Moon Duo (inc. Dinked Edition), Robbie Basho, Equiknoxx, Rod Modell, and 20% off a load of things.Team Norman | Thursday 27th June 2019
Plus Eye Make the Horizon, Joy Division, The Dead Normal, Nivhek.
Plus Björk, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tunng, Mono, Acid Mothers Temple.
Injury Reserve, White Manna, Band of Holy Joy, Ebi Soda.
McCarthy, Hatchie, The Gentlemen Losers, Hot Chip, Thee Oh Sees, 65daysofstatic, Jane Weaver.
Yeasayer, Laurence Pike, Melodien, Listening Center, Joy Division.
Warning: this update feature the word "jazz" a whole bunch. Phil assures me that every month is a jazz month, so maybe I’m just particularly attuned to the word at the moment. Either way, May’s best records feature the full range of jazz musics: definitely jazz, definitely not jazz, and jazz adj...
Calexico and Iron & Wine, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Tempest, The Dandy Warhols, The Murder Capital, Twin Peaks Soundtrack.
Dome, The Mattson 2, PicaPica, Meat Beat Manifesto, Gas, Pelican
Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Melvins, Baroness, 65daysofstatic, FKA Twigs, Nas, Treeboy & Arc, Yeasayer
Eluvium, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Consumer Electronics, Richard Hawley, Placebo
Pip Blom, Eluvium, Dalham, Sacred Paws, Colin Potter, Placebo, Doves, Consumer Electronics
Cate Le Bon, The Claim, Hayden Thorpe, Amyl & the Sniffers, Hood, Thee Oh Sees and Tears For Fears.
Plus Amyl & The Sniffers, Black Mountain, Tim Hecker, Morphine, Coil, and more.
Plus Josephine Wiggs, Olden Yolk, The Ballet, Caribou, Not Glass, Tycho.
Plus St. Etienne, Hood, The Flying Lizards, Olden Yolk, Josephine Wiggs, and some tips on maintaining a slightly less environmentally-ruinous vinyl habit.
Interrupted by the yearly irritant that is Record Store Day, April 2019 was actually no disaster on the new release front. So let’s pick out our favourites and re-tell you about them in case you missed them in all the ‘excitement’.
Plus Craig Leon, Clinic, Oliver Cherer, Sleaford Mods, Rozi Plain, 12K, Puce Mary, Tim Hecker, Steve Moore, Synkro, and more.
Plus Oliver Cherer, Peggy Gou, Sleaford Mods, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Maps, and lots more...
Plus Editors, Patience, Stuart A Staples, The Home Current, Dead Sea Apes, Protomartyr, Alfa Mist, and more, and more...
Plus Polypores, Big Thief, Chris Carter, Protomartyr, Lost Tribe Sound.
Plus Kevin Morby, Sound in Silence, Mammoth Penguins, Arovane & Porya Hatami.
Thesis, Kevin Morby, Marissa Nadler, Plaid, Coil, The Wedding Present, and some Record Store Day remainder stuff.
Plus Carla Dal Forno, Loyle Carner, Bibio, Heather Woods Broderick, Nouvelle Vague, and more
Wand, Heather Woods Broderick, Gang of Four, Western Edges, Peggy Goo, Centrum.
Plus Mono, The Mekons, The Chemical Brothers, Witching Waves, The Cool Greenhouse, a guide to the 70s and several guides to looking after your records.
Plus The Leisure Society, Abul Mogard, Mono, Ela Orleans, The Home Current, and loads more records you won’t need to queue up for.
March 2019 or March 2053? It doesn't really matter as the Brexit negotiations will still be going on, and we'll still be plundering the month's best releases in an attempt to convince you they are worth the last of your money. Here's the latest lot.
Plus Spiral Stairs, The Drums, Bogdan Raczynski, Robert Hood, The Slits and some handy guides on how to care for your vinyl.
The Drums, Girls In Synthesis, The Proper Ornaments, Martha, Damien Jurado, Salford Electronics.
Plus C. Duncan, Edwyn Collins, Cocteau Twins, Rain Tree Crow, The Underground Youth, Locust.
Plus Thee Oh Sees, Rain Tree Crow, Sleaford Mods, Morton Subotnik, Cocteau Twins, and more.
Plus Ibibio Sound Machine, Avey Tare (Dave), Iron & Wine, Duster, The Fernweh, Laurel Halo, Lakker, Minotaur Shock.
Plus Lambchop, The Cinematic Orchestra, Avey Tare, Iron & Wine, Deaf Center, Shawty Pimp and loads more.
Matmos, Daniel Thorne, Rian Treanor, David Byrne, Holly Herndon and SPAWN
It was a slightly alarming February as at times it was about 20 degree warmer than last year. But who ever let society’s failure to address worldwide disaster get in the way of enjoying the sun? Or this month’s best releases for that matter?
Plus Stephen Malkmus, Yung Lean, Karen O & Danger Mouse, The Comet is Coming, Matmos...
Plus The National, Flight of t’Conchords, Kate Bush, Meat Puppets, and WELLER!
Plus Jim O’Rourke & Not Waving, Morton Subotnick, Meat Puppets, Flight of the Conchords, William Basinski. And a bunch of fresh reductions - 15% off! And another slew of hand-picked pre-orders. Phew.
New musics on Public House, Clay Pipe and Cardinal Fuzz plus new musics also from The Stroppies, Teen, Sophie Hutchings, Rema Rema, and loads more.
All the week’s incoming stuff so far including Polytechnic Youth, Rema-Rema, Secret Machines, Sophie Hutchings, Yasuaki Shimizu.
Plus David Sylvian, bvdub, Stereolab, Bayonne, James Yorkston, Half Japanese, Modeselektor and loads more things...
Plus Julia Jacklin, Bayonne, Bilge Pump, Half Japanese, The Young Gods, a feature on Mute, and a quick rundown of the latest pre-orders to look forward to.
Castles in Space, Pinegrove, (yet more) David Bowie, StabUdown Productions and a rather brilliant Norman Records/Pye Corner Audio record bag.
Plus: Czarface, Ladytron, Bis, Chicago Odense Ensemble, David Bowie and many, many more.
Mercury Rev, Cass McCombs, Tommy Guerrero, The Lemonheads, The Stranger (aka The Caretaker), Nyah Fearties, Bob Mould, Mexican Summer, Sleaford Mods.
Jessica Pratt, Mercury Rev, Gnod, Cass McCombs, Hauschka, Prince and - yes! - Razorlight. Plus the latest Label Watch - this time featuring the sun-dappled gods and goddesses of Mexican Summer.
Ice cold goodness from the likes of John Cameron, Boy Harsher, The Telescopes, and Andrew Wasylyk. Plus more Pye Corner Audio bags, more cheap stuff, and the latest big pre-orders.
As it accounts for seemingly most of the year, you’d expect January to have plenty of good new releases. Disappointingly, to our ears anyway, there haven't actually been that many. Which isn't the same as none, so here are the very best bits.
Tirzah & Micah, Ian Brown, Prefab Sprout, Ex:re, Bowery Electric, The Cardigans, The Telescopes, British Murder Boys and a whole lotta exciting pre-orders...
Green River, Gum Takes Tooth, Earl Sweatshirt, Red Stars CPR, Nils Frahm and loads more.
Lashings of goodness including Earl Sweatshirt, Mark Stewart, Green River, William Tyler and Nude Party.
Update: Sharon Van Etten, The Twilight Sad, Deerhunter, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and another Dinked for yaTeam Norman | Thursday 17th January 2019
Loads of stuff including Cinematic Orchestra, 4AD, Julian Lynch, Bardo Pond, Steven Stapleton and David Tibet, loads of pre-orders and the return of our legendary reviews!
Update: Cinematic Orchestra / Rozi Plain (Dinked Edition) / Deerhunter / Twilight Sad / Sharon Van Etten / Bardo PondTeam Norman | Tuesday 15th January 2019
Cinematic Orchestra, Rozi Plain, Steve Mason, Toro Y Moi, Julian Lynch, Steve Gunn, GAS, the Messthetics, loads of pre-orders, a new Dinked edition. The lot!
Update: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Noyzelab, Nicolas Jaar, Max Richterand we gaze into the crystal ball for 2019Team Norman | Thursday 10th January 2019
A small batch of new and reissued vinyl is now in stock. Plus: take a trip with us into the future that is now - 2019.
Stuff actually arriving from Silent Servant, The Delines, Chris Carter, Ultramarine and loads more. Plus: cheap classic vinyl and loads of new pre-orders.
We’re back! Read about all the exciting new releases to ease us gently into the New Year. And, um, hmm, we have Staff Top 5’s and a few restock bits. Will that do? Full-strength soon...
Music news and albums reviews from 2018
Happy New Year from everyone at Norman Records!
Our final round-up of the year. Last-minute gift ideas, 2018's Best Sellers, and our very best Christmas wishes!
Final shouts for Christmas, plus a smattering of newbies, some decent reissues, 2018's best sellers, Atmosphere re-press, Mark Leckey 10”, Shinichi Atobe and...not much more.
It's the penultimate update before Christmas so the releases are slowing down, but we've still got record-shaped things from The Beta Band, Siouxsie, Berceuse Heroique and the Guttersnipe person - as well as a load of preorders to look forward to.
The new releases slow down now so it's a reissue-fest this week, including Beastie Boys, Atmosphere, The Clangers, and Bivouac. But there are plenty of preorders to sniff around too.
All this week’s stuff including Amor, Public Service Broadcasting, The Sight Below, King Creosote and lots more.
..and Public Service Broadcasting, Denis Sulta, Laurie Spiegel - plus our Christmas Gift Guide, Vinyl Advent Calendar and a rundown of December's best pre-orders.
The records that soundtracked the misery of travelling on Northern Rail, getting soaked to near death by relentless rain, standing in endless queues at shops, Black Friday, and the oncoming Slade/Band Aid/Wizzard apocalypse.
All the week’s stuff including Drew McDowell, The 1975, Yellow6, John Carpenter, Rrose, Pixies, and Acid Mothers Temple.
Another week of things including Yellow6, Why?, Jeff Tweedy, Idles, David Bowie, Opal Tapes, Kate Bush and everything in between.
Jacco Gardner, Songs Ohia, Ostgut Ton, Ed Harcourt, Bong, Free Love, and a Black Friday preview for you.
A sneak preview of our Album of the Year, Black Friday releases, Jacco Gardner, Loscil, Laibach, The Go-Betweens and all sorts.
All this week’s new stuff in one place. Try these for size: Kate Bush, the Good, the Bad and the Queen, Josephine Foster, the Mistys, the Beatles, Eliane Radigue and so much more...
New stuff coming from The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Ryley Walker, Robert Hood, Colin Potter, B12, Hen Ogledd.
New stuff coming from The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Ryley Walker, Robert Hood, Colin Potter, B12, Hen Ogledd.
All the new things from Stephen Steinbrink, Goat, Sun Kil Moon, WIDT x Christoph de Babalon, ZULI, Sh*t & Shine, BEAST.
The best records ready to be drowned out by the sound of our heaters whirring into life. Best listened to through industrial strength ear muffs.
Tuesday-friendly stuff from Bibio, Sun Kil Moon, Objekt, the Wave Pictures, Noyzelab and Stephen Steinbrink.
All this week's stuff including Malcolm Middleton, Dead Can Dance, Jon Spencer, Liars, Causa Sui, Guttersnipe.
Early week arrivals from Dead Can Dance, Causa Sui, Kode 9 & Burial, Blawan and Bruce Springsteen plus all your latest pre-orders.
New stuff in from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Klaus Johann Grobe, Ty Segall, Dopplereffekt, Kiran Leonard, Spacemen 3, Twilight Sad.
Stuff due from Concretism, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Current 93, Guttersnipe, Craven Faults and the Kinks!
Lots of newbies, including The Lucid Dream, Charalambides, Blue Orchids and Hairband. Plus a round-up of the best upcoming pre-orders.
New Will Oldham, Insecure Men, a Jason Williamson book, David Sylvian and Silver Jews re-issues and another of our genre guides to chew over.
Goat side project fun, new Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, a good the Fall re-issue, William Basinski + Lawrence English get deep, cheap Evil Hoodoo titles. Bye Robin.
Actual records and things for the week including Kurt Vile, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Yves Tumor, Factory Floor, John Grant.
Loads of Brian Eno re-issues to pre-order. Plus new stuff from Cat Power, Kristen Hersh, Fecked Up, Matt Berry and Uncle Acid. There's even some new-but-not-new Echo & The Bunnymen.
Autumn already, eh? Let's delve through the last few weeks before the heating goes on permanently. Lots of good things happened last month, and there are some good things to look forward to in October too.
Pre-order the new Mount Eerie live album plus have a glance at this week’s releases including Kristin Hersh, Swearin’ and Cat Power.
Big box Pixies and Stereolab records to help you remember your indie roots plus new ambient music from Tim Hecker and the Caretaker and so many Pigs you won’t know what to do with them.
Loads of re-issues and a few actual new records including several Pigs, Danielson, Marissa Nadler, John Carpenter, plus 50+ hand picked pre-orders.
Loads of things including three (!) Albums of the Week plus new Brainfeeder, Villagers, Suede, Felt, Prince, The Field, Christine & The Queens and lots of other good stuff. Well done us!
Another big week full of quality items such as a new record by Prince, the next batch of Felt re-issues, a wonderful the Durutti Column retrospective, and Johann Johannsson’s final work.
Our busiest week yet, with autumn's big hitters beginning to land including Aphex Twin, Low, Mark McGuire, Sleaford Mods, The Goon Sax, The Chills, Pale Waves, The Beta Band, Sarah Davachi and loads more.
Just look at those big-hitters. But that’s not all. There's more: The Goon Sax, The Chills, Jungle, Coil and even some Siouxsie and the Banshees reissues. Phew.
Plenty to offer this week for the discerning buyer of records with new ones from Julia Holter, Teleman, Waxahatchee, Menace Beach, Per Norgard, Thomas Fehlmann, and more.
Update: Thom Yorke, Spiritualized, Teleman, Deepchord, The Cardiacs, and a useful pre-orders round-up for youTeam Norman | Tuesday 4th September 2018
Our early week look at all the exciting things due in stock such as Deepchord, Menace Beach, Karen Dalton, Spiritualized and whoever else.
Well, August was august. Geddit? Respected. Impressive. Never mind. Without further ado, let's wade into our monthly round up of the bits we liked and what we can look forward to in September.
Stare down inertia with brand new records from Mogwai, Thou, Marie Davidson, Mogwho, Big Red Machine, Mogwhen, Tomberlin, Eartheater… and lots moregwai.
Here we are again with all this week’s stuff. Choose from a wonderful collection of new vinyl from the likes of Autechre, Interpol, Tape Loop Orchestra, John T Gast and many more.
Loads of exciting new things this week including those Autechre NTS Sessions, new White Denim, Tunng, Interpol.
Packed with Stereolab vinyl reissues, new records from Oh Sees and Papa M, plus a billion other reissues including Why? and This Heat. Oof. Too many.
Best pre-orders for August and beyond, Oh Sees, Death Cab For Cutie, Anna Meredith, This Heat and so much more.
Enjoy amazin’ new records from Tirzah and Kathryn Joseph, and also continue to anticipate Aphex Twin, because we know you, and that’s what you like to do.
It's been a real polymath month, has July. Gems all over the shop. It's hard to know where to start, so let's just get talking.
Loads of records to keep you going while we wait for the Aphex Twin to get announced.
Here we are again with a quick round-up of what happened musically in June 2018. We won't mention the football.
It's blistering hot, so naturally there's a new album from The Chills of all people to add to the mental torture.
Who knew of the secret contained within the new Kamazi Washington vinyl? Not us. Warning: involves knives.
A week notable mainly for an exceptionally good debut album.
May has been good. It contained one enormo-surprise and some records as worthy as anything else released in 2018.