2017 has come and gone, and it’s left us with some really great music. Here are my favorites.
Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
A masterful piece of psych-metal that’s as exploratory as it is heavy
Slowdive – Slowdive
The return nobody thought to ask for that ended up being my favorite Slowdive album.
Fleet Foxes – Crack-up
The most intricately composed work they’ve ever given. Abstract and wonderful.
Cool Hand Luke – Cora
My favorite band from high school is back with bigger beats and sleeker basslines, but all of the hard hitting songwriting is in tact.
Salt Creek – Where Strangers Go
Indie rock that walks the line between shoegaze, post rock, and post-hardcore. I’ve been waiting on this EP for a while
Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
Their always brilliant psych pop is back. They have yet to disappoint.
Jeremy Enigk – Ghosts
Is this his most focused solo release? Maybe. It also gets closer to SDRE than he’s gotten in years.
Pallbearer – Heartless
Their doomy palette is broader here, with faster tempos and more aggressive riffs.
Naal – A703
A piece of ambient post rock that is as heartbreaking as it is subdued.
Boy Rex – Better Vision
Nostalgia set to pure exuberance. The best summertime record of the year.
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Exactly the same Americana+Krautrock=Profit format he’s used in the past, but his songwriting is more focused than ever.
All is Well – I Swear Someday
Intricate math rock that aims for the heart too.
Planning for Burial – Beneath the House
Slow, plodding, and heavy doomgaze that doesn’t have to muddy it up with distortion and screaming all the time.
Self-Proclaimed Narcissist – I Am the End Boss
Is the saddest folk punk record ever? Maybe.
Glassjaw – Material Control
The comeback of the year, with their most aggressive and relentless album of their career.
King Woman – Created in the Image of Suffering
Melodic doomgaze that is as hypnotic as it is heavy.
Room & Board – There’s No One Else That You’ll Ever Be (And If You Can Hang With That You’ll Do Fine)
Dancy indie rock twitching with 60s nostalgia.
Brand New – Science Fiction
Scandal aside, this record is an alt rock masterpiece. The work of a band who knows that a return to form doesn’t mean a retread of their earlier stuff.
Gorillaz – Humanz
Their most political and apocalyptic release ever, in a global climate that needs some more dancing. Grace Jones is on this, you guys.
SPACESHIPS – Son of Man
Ain’t too proud to put my own record on my year end list. It IS the most important record to me that came out this year.