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.
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“
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“.
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“
Here is the single track that I think was a 2017 standout, even though it doesn’t come from any of the albums above.
- Ed Carlsen — Otto (Steve Gibbs Remix)