2017 was a stellar year for new music. It was so very hard to arrive to ten songs, but here is my list finally:
Lourde – The Louvre
Lourde is a such an amazing talent. Other great songs from her Melodrama album include “Green Light,” “Homemade Dynamite,” “Liability,” “Writer in the Dark,” and “Supercut.” It is definitely my favorite album of the year, by far.
Jason Bajada – Blondie
Jason is one of my favorite artists. For the past few years most of his material has been in French but for this new effort he’s back at singing in English. His voice is amazing in any language.
Japanese Breakfast – Road Head
Japanese Breakfast is Michelle Zauner’s (of Little Big League) solo effort. Would it be wrong to say that Japanese Breakfast is by far better than Little Big League? This song seems ideal for driving in the dark.
The xx – I Dare You
The xx keep getting better and better. Their 2017 album, I See You, doesn’t have a single weak moment. This song is the big highlight.
Waxahatchee – Silver
I don’t know how I had never heard of Waxahatchee until this year. I’ve caught up, however. Is this not The Breeders for the teens?
The War on Drugs – Thinking of a Place
The War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding album is close to perfection. I love Adam’s Dylanesque voice.
Japanese Breakfast – Machinist
I’m not a fan of autotuned voices, but Michelle’s use of it here is so well done. I love the video too!
Depeche Mode – Where’s the revolution
Beth Ditto – We could run
I’ve been a fan of Beth’s since her Gossip days. Her 2017 album, Fake Sugar, is her best. What a voice!
St. Vincent – Los Ageless
What could I say that hasn’t been said about St. Vincent? She’s probably the best musician of the teens.
I hope this won’t be my only entry in this blog this year. Life happens!