Choosing my favorite recordings of the year is a self-induced ordeal for me. I am such a picky bastard. If an album is not perfect, or close to perfect, I can't put it on the list. There are a few albums, not listed here, that I thought were really good but lacked that little something after the early excitement wore off.
The excitement never wore off when it came to the Manchester band, Pale Waves, who released 4 amazing songs and not a single EP or LP last year. In the past I overlooked singles (songs) and focused, my favorites list, on recordings that consisted of two or more songs by a band. So to show my love for Pale Waves I thought about adding a "singles" list to this post to showcase them and the other good singles that came out last year. But, in the end I decided to create just one list with a single entry for Pale Waves which groups the 4 singles together. I overthink everything with these lists. As I said, this process is a self-induced ordeal for me.
I have a feeling that the 2018 list is going to be even more painful for me to put together based on what I know is already coming. Music/sound is a good thing. So bring on the pain!
- Pale Waves - "The Singles of 2017"
- gdg - "for jacques lacan (in praise of love & lack)" Released: 2017-05-05 Type: Album Label: (1.8)sec.records Buy: Digital, Physical
- Masahide Tokunaga - "Bwoouunn: Fleeting Excitement" Released: 2017-07-23 Type: Album Label: Hitorri Buy: Digital, Physical via Bandcamp, Physical via Hitorri, Physical via ErstDist
- Save Us From The Archon - "Melancholia" Released: 2017-08-18 Type: Album Label: Tragic Hero Records Buy: Digital, Physical
- Quicksand - "Interiors" Released: 2017-11-10 Type: Album Label: Epitaph Records Buy: Digital, Physical
- Andy Birtwistle - "Audio Cassette Tape" Released: 2017-10-20 Type: Album Label: Start Here Buy: Digital, Physical
- MUNA 2017 Releases
- Counterparts - "You're Not You Anymore" Released: 2017-09-22 Type: Album Label: Pure Noise Records Buy: Digital, Physical
- Junji Hirose - "No-Instrument Air Noise" Released: 2017-10-29 Type: Album Label: Hitorri Buy: Physical via Hitorri, Physical via ErstDist
- The Chain Gang of 1974 - "FELT" Released: 2017-06-23 Type: Album Label: Caroline Records Buy: Digital, Physical
- The Story So Far - "Out of It" Released: 2017-09-14 Type: Single Label: Pure Noise Records Buy: Digital, Physical
- Andreas O. Hirsch - "ROW" Released: 2017-02-17 Type: Album Label: makiphon Buy: Digital, Physical