the single best album of 2017 you feel is overlooked

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so it's still September and year-end lists are drifting into view. but when I think about my favorite albums of 2017 it's just a big ??????, which is very concerning. on a financial level as well as just core identity.

- the biggest culprit is that I spend large chunks of my day in an office that discourages listening to music, more large chunks of my day transcribing video (where I *actually* can't listen to music)
- it's not that I haven't discovered any new music -- in fact I've probably discovered more this year than the past few. it's just generally not been from 2017. it is fucked up on many levels that I feel guilty about this, but I work in a field that prioritizes the new above all else, and am also a machine that turns oxygen into guilt, so here we are.
- a lot of my freelance work a while back required systematic monitoring of the charts, premieres, radio adds, etc. not so much anymore. still happens, just not as a routine
- a lot of the albums I was looking forward to this year have been somewhat disappointing, if we're being honest. I won't name any because it's entirely possible I haven't been the right listener; I've been far from the most sympathetic listener to anything I haven't been paid to assess. (just covering my ass here in case I get 100 more angry emails like "SEE EVEN YOU ADMIT YOU WERE WRONG ABOUT THIS CLEARLY PERFECT FART OF GENIUS, EXCEPT THAT METAPHOR IS WRONG BECAUSE IT IS IN FACT YOU WHO ARE THE FART")
- am I just old now? is this when it happens?
- or is it the 2017 effect? the above reasons are more than sufficient to explain it, and I don't want to refract legitimate political events through my bullshit, but... many things I enjoy have seemed less appealing this year.

anyway, the title says it all: what is the single best album of 2017 you feel is overlooked? obviously I have no shortage of places that will tell me the Kendrick or Lorde albums are the greatest things ever.

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shadow Band - Wilderness of Love
https://shadowband.bandcamp.com/album/wilderness-of-love

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Blanck Mass, World Eater

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i've only been successful at getting people to talk about the partner record in the emo thread, but it's really wonderful power-pop, pairs well with the charly bliss record from this year https://partnerband.bandcamp.com/album/in-search-of-lost-time

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Mark Eitzel record was doomed to be slept on but he's still one of the best songwriters on the planet imho

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

probably Pharma by Nmesh, this album is nuts and dense enough to hold up over a dozen+ listenes

https://orangemilkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pharma

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got some attention here but Sorority Noise

devvvine, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Mark Eitzel record was doomed to be slept on but he's still one of the best songwriters on the planet imho

― a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:36 AM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anna Wise - The Feminine Part 2

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*the feminine ACT II

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have a few. The one that springs to mind the most is Future Islands' The Far Field, which has had some understandably lukewarm reviews but for me has grown into one of my most played records. It's quite one-note and not a huge departure from their usual sound, but at the same time it's a near-perfect crystallisation of their sound - them doing what they do best. Each song has slowly turned into a classic for me now.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lowly - Heba

https://youtu.be/6G9b47bnwGo

kitchen person, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

World Eater is really good too!

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, the Mark Eitzel record is my favorite of the year

President Keyes, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

co-sign Lowly, really great album

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wednesday Campanella - Superman is my favourite pop album this year

https://youtu.be/4jWLioW7Zx0
https://youtu.be/aP4ERPsuyCU

ufo, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 14:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Palehound's A Place I'll Always Go might be my favorite semi-popular album this year:

https://palehound.bandcamp.com/album/a-place-ill-always-go

one way street, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Planning for Burial - Below the House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNcGVIohlMQ

Frederik B, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh for fucks sake, that wasn't meant to imbed.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pick any year when he's released a new record and Mark Eitzel will be amongst that year's most overlooked.

yugi ex, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The man's a genius...

yugi ex, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

well now that he's earned 4x props itt I guess he's no longer overlooked

new candidate: the Ex Eye album

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

POWERPLANT by Girlpool. I know it got BNM on p4k, & positive press p much everywhere, & yeah they're headlining a cool mini-fest here in November, but I just discovered them this year, & holy shit they're incredible, my new favorite band. their 2015 album BEFORE THE WORLD WAS BIG is just incredible, within a week of hearing it for the first time it already became one of my favorite albums ever. I want the world blanketed with Girlpool music.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sacred Paws - Strike A Match is still getting a ton of play from me

brontosaur, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Matt Jencik - Weird Times

https://mattjencik.bandcamp.com/album/weird-times

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I feel like I've been babbling about this album nonstop since I first heard it but if you have any inclination whatsoever towards Clan of Xymox-ish goth pop, you should listen to The Demonstration by Drab Majesty IMMEDIATELY:

https://drabmajesty.bandcamp.com/album/the-demonstration

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^good album

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I want to say Midnight Magic's 'Free From Your Spell' which is a great nu-disco/pop album but it came out in November 2016 and not the kind of thing that would get any real critical buzz at this point but I haven't played anything more recent quite as much yet so just listen to it anyway.

nashwan, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if you have any inclination whatsoever towards Clan of Xymox-ish goth pop

immediate click

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Regrettes "Feel Your Feelings, Fool!"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It is probably gauche to mention an album you made, haha, and I think the Oxbow record is getting some praise, so I'll though out the New Year record "Snow" which not enough people I think even know it exists

https://thenewyear.bandcamp.com/album/snow

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Drab Majesty seconded

nomar, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Regrettes "Feel Your Feelings, Fool!"

^ Album of the year, according to my 17 year old, along with "Gravedigging" by the Buttertones

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I feel like Allison Crutchfield's album is somewhat overlooked-one of the best live shows I saw this year.

campreverb, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jane weaver modern kosmology is pretty underrated

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^^ oh yeah that record rules

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

El Goodo - By Order of the Moose

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Perfectly executed homage to '60s garage & psychedelic rock. Great follow-up to their 2009 LP Coyote. I think it's much more cohesive and enjoyable than Coyote and I've been listening to it on loop for three weeks now. I know I'll burn out, but I'm enjoying it while it's still fresh. Listen to "It Makes Me Wonder" and "Sit & Wonder" for a good taster. Both have music vids on YouTube.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jane Weaver album is ok. Feels like it's missing a little of the mystery that made The Silver Orb so good, though.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Globe/orb, whatever.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://talitres.bandcamp.com/album/the-silver-veil

I've listened to this more than any other album this year

Dinsdale, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've probably discovered more this year than the past few. it's just generally not been from 2017. it is fucked up on many levels that I feel guilty about this

Oh how I can relate to this! It's not that I'm overly focused with the new - and, let's face it, there's more of it than ever. But our society is completely obsessed with "what have you done for me lately", especially in America where we tear down our 'old' buildings with no regard for their history or importance. And music has always been youth-driven, so it makes sense we feel guilt about not being as completely engaged as we once were. But I let that feeling wash away when I listen to something new-to-me-and-cool.

Most of my discoveries this year come from a previous era, the new Jane Weaver being my favorite of 2017 releases. Runners up include Fazerdaze - Morningside, The Black Watch - The Gospel According To John, Popguns - Sugar Kisses and Pete Fij/Terry Bickers - We Are Millionaires.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mdou Moctar - Sousoume Tamachek

sleeve, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was never a huge fan of Lillix and didn't think that much of her first couple of solo albums but Young Mopes by Louise Burns is a terrific record. It's not a million miles away from The Bangles / VOTB / Belinda Carlisle at times.

The three singles from the album currently have between 3000 and 18,000 YouTube views.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love this:

https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/love-retained

Bandcamp is currently suggesting you can buy the CD for a quid (which seems ridiculous).

djh, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 21:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love love love The Courtneys and their album II. Been meaning to start a thread for it.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I want the world blanketed with Girlpool music.

I also relate to this. Might've been my answer if they were new to me this year.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was never a huge fan of Lillix and didn't think that much of her first couple of solo albums but Young Mopes by Louise Burns is a terrific record. It's not a million miles away from The Bangles / VOTB / Belinda Carlisle at times.

The three singles from the album currently have between 3000 and 18,000 YouTube views.

― Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:25 PM (fifty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh damn this is good to know

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 22:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Young Mopes is a fantastic album. I liked her last one too, but this is even better.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I keep coming back very often to Nikki Lane's 'Highway Queen,' but I honestly don't know what kind of footprint it has in the real world. Maybe it's popular? I know it's not chart popular, and it seems untalked about in "Americana" circles for the most part. It's not throwback country, really, but it's not pop Nashville either. It swings and the songwriting is sooooo good.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was all set to write off Liars' T F C F as an Angus solo project, but I have got a lot out of it (maybe more so than some of the previous 5 albums).

attention vampire (MatthewK), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the problem with band threads is that there's often a ton of them, you don't know which one to bump

there's like 40 threads on the Pet Shop Boys alone

frogbs, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 18:28 (one week ago) Permalink

That's not generally the case for bands with new overlooked albums though.

jmm, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 18:30 (one week ago) Permalink

this thread's ex eye fans need to push their product more directly into the path of potential listeners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qGebX6Iwtc

imago, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 18:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Chuck Johnson - Balsams

This is my favorite record of the year so far

Evan, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 18:48 (one week ago) Permalink

but maybe those threads will be around for ages and if the album is canonized or rediscovered or the artist blows up or the song is featured on an episode of future Sopranos it'll be cool to have the thread

not sure what people expect from album threads

― niels, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 1:20 PM (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i mean, what do people expect from... a music message board?

flopson, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 23:28 (one week ago) Permalink

haha

I think it's okay that sometimes there's not that much to say abt a new album besides "this rules check it out"

niels, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 08:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Chuck Johnson - Balsams

this is a beaut, thanks

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 4 October 2017 14:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh I know what's passed under the radar round here...

Gaussian Curve - The Distance: think of the Blue Nile doing ambient instrumentals crossed with late 70s in his more blissed out balearic moments

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 20:51 (one week ago) Permalink

should be "late 70s John Martyn"

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 20:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh man I'm loving that album. Just picked it up finally a few weeks ago. Had meant to buy it as soon as it came out. So good.

Evan, Friday, 6 October 2017 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a real grower too, the more you go back to it the deeper you get

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 20:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Agreed.

Evan, Friday, 6 October 2017 20:59 (one week ago) Permalink

It's such still perfect music, it's like they're so into the moment that they're trying to play without disturbing any of the air molecules in the room

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 21:07 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah that Gaussian Curve album is brilliant, in fact all the projects Jonny Nash has been involved in this year have been massively overlooked

boxedjoy, Friday, 6 October 2017 21:43 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I need to go back to the Suzanne Kraft one

plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, 6 October 2017 21:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Think I will ultimately plump for this utterly lovely little record by Cheer Accident which nobody's heard (listen if you like: gorgeous, knotty prog-pop - this album comes off as an older, wilder American cousin of Field Music maybe?) Oh look, there's me commenting on it and all

imago, Friday, 6 October 2017 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

or rather, Cheer-Accident (sorry)

imago, Friday, 6 October 2017 22:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm surprised Laura Marling - Semper Femina hasn't gotten more love, it's really good!

Moodles, Friday, 6 October 2017 22:44 (one week ago) Permalink

It seems like the loudest Laura Marling boosters (on this board) lost interest with the last album. I think it's an excellent album but it's still just not really my type of thing. But if anything I like it better as an album overall than what she's done before (and I liked Short Movie more than what came before that).

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 7 October 2017 15:12 (one week ago) Permalink

nikki lane highway queen is pure flames thank you johnny fever for mentioning it itt

james brooks, Saturday, 7 October 2017 23:19 (one week ago) Permalink

semper famina is very good

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 7 October 2017 23:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I think my favorite discovery from this thread so far is Lowly.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 8 October 2017 16:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Read a review that said there's too much going on in "Still Life." There's not too much going on in "Still Life!"

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 9 October 2017 03:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Little bit similar to Mr. Twin Sister (but I haven't listened closely to the whole album yet so that may be off overall).

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 9 October 2017 03:24 (one week ago) Permalink

not for the first time a new CHURCH album will be 'overlooked'

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 9 October 2017 14:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh I know what's passed under the radar round here...

Gaussian Curve - The Distance: think of the Blue Nile doing ambient instrumentals crossed with late 70s in his more blissed out balearic moments

― plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, October 6, 2017 1:51 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

should be "late 70s John Martyn"

― plp will eat itself (NickB), Friday, October 6, 2017 1:52 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hellooooo

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 14:56 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been compulsively listening to Demen's Nektyr so if we go by replay value alone…

pomenitul, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:13 (one week ago) Permalink

^^^ that record rules

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink

on an ambient/ post-whatever tip really enjoying the recent From the Mouth of the Sun album

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 9 October 2017 16:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Snapped Ankles’ Come Play the Trees? Other than a pretty enthusiastic review in The Quietus, I haven’t seen much buzz about them.

ˈʌglɪɪst preɪ, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Gaussian Curve sounds great!

niels, Monday, 9 October 2017 20:58 (one week ago) Permalink

my favourite thing on it is the title track which is here on youtube

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 9 October 2017 21:15 (one week ago) Permalink

The speech parts of "Murmure" remind me of Robert Ashley

And Henri Chopin, right. Semi-aware of that when I listen but wasn't naming it to myself.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 05:09 (six days ago) Permalink

It reminds me of everything.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 05:17 (six days ago) Permalink

Gwyneth Glyn - Tro

https://open.spotify.com/album/3CoF76Y21sqQqCoW9hulxZ

Welsh-language folk with kora accompaniment by Seckou Keita on a few tracks. The tracks with the kora are sublime.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 14:35 (five days ago) Permalink

guassian curve - "four for you" - what a track! thanks to this thread

Week of Wonders (Ross), Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:47 (four days ago) Permalink

OH god yes, I was thinking of mentioning that one in particular. So beautiful.

Also, again I'd really like to encourage people to try the Chuck Johnson - Balsams record beyond merely mentioning it earlier. It's gorgeous.

Evan, Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:50 (four days ago) Permalink

Du-Rites "Greasy Listening"

kwhitehead, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:05 (three days ago) Permalink

I have seen very little on ILX or in the English-speaking press about the new Melanie De Biasio album -- it's v. good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0We6e7bZfA

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:09 (three days ago) Permalink

she's got a thread at least...

bob lefse (rushomancy), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:14 (three days ago) Permalink

Oh I hadn't even noticed -- she didn't last time I checked, I was thinking of starting one.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:30 (three days ago) Permalink

I have seen very little on ILX or in the English-speaking press about the new Melanie De Biasio album -- it's v. good.

4 star review in mojo.

mark e, Friday, 13 October 2017 18:54 (three days ago) Permalink

This doesn't seem like an album I should have to post about here, it seems like it would be huge, but I'm surprised I haven't seen more mention of the Moses Sumney record?

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 October 2017 19:07 (three days ago) Permalink

I have a third release to propose here. The Weather Station's s/t fourth album. Tamara Lindeman seems like a heir of Joni Mitchell and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Some more excellent personal female songwriting from Canada. The album sounds like an instant classic.

I listened to three songs from the Melanie de Biasio record, it is a little on the dark side but definitely worth to check out more.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 16 October 2017 14:32 (seven hours ago) Permalink

I'm gonna broken-record a little and repost a link to the Drab Majesty album so that people don't forget about it:

https://drabmajesty.bandcamp.com/album/the-demonstration

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Monday, 16 October 2017 14:42 (seven hours ago) Permalink

i don't know how overlooked it's going to be but klockworks 20 is the best thing i've heard this year.

map, Monday, 16 October 2017 18:50 (three hours ago) Permalink

surely a matter of time before Weather Station starts to blow up, new record is stellar

niels, Monday, 16 October 2017 18:51 (three hours ago) Permalink

jasss' weightless is my lite industrial noise techno album of the year for sure

adam, Monday, 16 October 2017 19:18 (two hours ago) Permalink

Justin Walter - Unseen Forces: somewhere btw Jon Hassell and Tim Hecker

Rad Macca (Craig D.), Monday, 16 October 2017 20:52 (one hour ago) Permalink

thanks for this one

Dinsdale, Monday, 16 October 2017 21:21 (forty-three minutes ago) Permalink


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