Well, well, it’s been a while since the last entry here. This year was a lot of fun in music and with a few disappointments as well from highly anticipated albums that I had hyped myself up too hard on. As always, I wanted to feature the albums that stood out to me in the moment in 2017. These came with me on my journey to this year of travel, transition, heartache, and laughter.
Some of them delivered on the promise and anticipation from their previous works. Three titans of shoegaze, Slowdive, Ride, and Airiel, released proper dreamy albums in 2017 after many, many, years of waiting. Some were new artists who floored me with their debut albums. Molly Burch’s tender voice on this first album is a real heart-melter. Some appeared on big music publications and got a lot of attention while in others I am hard pressed to remember how I stumbled upon them in the first place. I have no idea the Dutch garage band Iguana Death Cult found its way into my Spotify and infected me with their high energy noise that makes me want to just thrash my face off. With the passing of Sharon Jones at the end of 2016, I was touched this year by her final, posthumous album that captures her joys, sorrows, and style in a celebration of her legacy in soul music.
This is my list of favorite albums of 2017. It’s the music that accompanied me this year through it all and in no particular order. Enjoy the tunes.
Infinity Maps – Panda Riot
Don’t Wanna Wake Up Today – Soaked
Murderburgers – King Khan
Slowdive – Slowdive
Weather Diaries – Ride
Please Be Mine – Molly Burch
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
Airiel – Molten Young Lovers
The First Stirrings of Hideous Insect Life – Iguana Death Cult
Soul of a Woman – Sharon Jones