2017 Music

I know, I know: everyone else wrapped up their best of 2017 list a month ago.  But here it is.   Also, I know that nobody reads these, and therefore I am shortening the list to the top 3 albums, and the best stand-alone track.  

Having just said that, I ‘m going to diverge because I have to mention the music from Twin Peaks: The Return.   Watching this series over the summer was a mostly frustrating experience, but then maybe that’s the point. However most episodes included a full length song performance from the “Bang Bang Club” including several amazing tracks.  They weren’t new in 2017 but I feel like sharing them anyway.

Rebekah Del Rio’s “No Stars” is nothing short of stunning.   And I really, enjoyed the Chromatics “Shadow” and the Cactus Blossoms “Mississippi“.  Check them out, really!

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Gidge LNLNN

Easily my top pick for the year. The best moments on this album feature vocals over the quiet glitchy instrumentals.   Listen to “Hope

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Girių Dvasios Tyla

Girių Dvasios is a dub techno, electronic dub and ambient music project inspired by the Lithuanian forests.  I listened to this a lot this year.  You should listen to “galia“.

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Manu Delago Metromonk

Manu Delago is a percussionist who plays the hang, which is kind of an prolapsed steel drum.   He manages to tease some beautiful sounds out of what looks like a giant cooking pot.  Listen to “A Step

One Track

Here is the single track that I think was a 2017 standout, even though it doesn’t come from any of the albums above.

For anyone with a taste for history or the very bored: Here are the lists from 2016201520142013, and 2012.

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