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 months 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 months ago) Permalink

Blanck Mass, World Eater

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

Got some attention here but Sorority Noise

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

Anna Wise - The Feminine Part 2

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

*the feminine ACT II

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

Lowly - Heba

https://youtu.be/6G9b47bnwGo

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

World Eater is really good too!

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

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

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

co-sign Lowly, really great album

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

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

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

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

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

The man's a genius...

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

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

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

Matt Jencik - Weird Times

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

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

^^good album

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

The Regrettes "Feel Your Feelings, Fool!"

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

Drab Majesty seconded

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

Jane weaver modern kosmology is pretty underrated

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

^^^ oh yeah that record rules

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

Globe/orb, whatever.

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

Mdou Moctar - Sousoume Tamachek

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

sherwood/pinch : man vs sofa.

home listening vs wall shaking noise.

i love this album.

mark e, Friday, 24 November 2017 20:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

probably the Nelly Furtado album.

billstevejim, Friday, 24 November 2017 20:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This Odonis Odonis album is good (about halfway through)

silverfish, Friday, 24 November 2017 21:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

weaves

sean gramophone, Saturday, 25 November 2017 02:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2, Star Stuff. (Better than this year's Toro y Moi album.)

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Saturday, 25 November 2017 07:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Sorry to ignore the word single but for me it's $hit & $hine's Total Shit!, Justin Walter's Unseen Forces, The Lone Taxidermist's Trifle, Vanishing by Vanishing, Rûwâhîne's Ifriqiyya Electrique and Endon's Through The Mirror. And it will no doubt go on to include Lotto's VV after that comes out as well.

Doran, Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Delia Gonzalez - Horse Follows Darkness

Master of Treacle, Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'll be honest i thrive on context, somebody just naming a record they like isn't going to do much for me. someone naming seven records they like and i know and like two of them will get me to listen to the other five.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Saturday, 25 November 2017 15:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Endon is pretty good so far. Once I found out they were Japanese it all fell into place. I am apparently in the mood for noisey rock quasi-rock this year, without having fully realized it.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 25 November 2017 17:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"catastrophic noise metal"

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 25 November 2017 17:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not really into the vocals, predictably, though I might be able to tolerate them.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 25 November 2017 17:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

shannon lay

||||||||, Sunday, 26 November 2017 11:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

madeline kenney's album is really great and slept on

In a slipshod style (Ross), Monday, 27 November 2017 07:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that Earthen Sea record sounds good!

niels, Monday, 27 November 2017 10:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the Couch Slut album on that list fuckin slams

Simon H., Monday, 27 November 2017 10:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I am listening to it now and wow

imago, Monday, 27 November 2017 13:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was just listening to that Earthen Sea one, it's good (think Loscil, Gas).

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 27 November 2017 13:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(God, I've gotten to hate the left. Much of it anyway.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 27 November 2017 15:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

uh

Simon H., Monday, 27 November 2017 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

reiterating that Powerplant by Girlpool is curiously slept on despite getting p4k BNM & being a fucking amazing record

flappy bird, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(God, I've gotten to hate the left. Much of it anyway.)

― _Rudipherous_, Monday, 27 November 2017 15:55 (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Is this where I get to call Melkbelly thoroughly mediocre?

imago, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(Inspired in part by: Brexit destroying the future of Britain's youth, etc. in that one list of overlooked albums.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

go stick your fist up someone's butt

brimstead, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Enjoyed all the albums on here that I've heard, especially Les Amazones d' Afrique---hope that got a fair amount of publicity via xgau's Expert Witness review.
Here's one I was raving about on Rolling Country, though really anybody who is into that folk-pop-rock-country radio crossover of the late 60s might enjoy it:

Don't want to say too much about Nicole Atkins' Goodnight Rhonda Lee yet, but,
following the opening Laura Nyro-in-Memphis-upside-the-head "A Little Crazy", which is maybe a little too persistent with the swooping, hijacked-countrypolitan strings of the chorus, behold "Darkness Falls So Quiet," which is somewhat misleadingly titled, being very persistently catchy and not that quiet, and she says when things get too spooky, she can rely on her friends and her records, and it seems like her friends might be her records and vice-versa, and if so, that's okay.
For she has not only absorbed 60s Nyro, Dusty In Memphis, Ode To Billie Joe, the production moves of Lee Hazlewood and his prodigious acolyte Suzi Jane Hokom (especially on her own records), Atkins has also seen how other popologists have fallen short(incl. falling back into compulsive replays/rehash; she's been through that, 'til "the grooves of my brain are wearing out") and how so many, even the best, are just nimbic names now, afterglow halos matter how good they were at certain things---who actually listens that much nowadays to Dwight Twilley, or even Harry Nilsson? It's sad. But the title track is vibrant and stoic: "When they stop listening, that's just the way it goes, don't let it crush you, say goodnight Rhonda Lee."
This track begins or makes more noticeable a recurring Heartbreaker of the Year vibe, in the sense that Whitney Rose and her producer/sometime duet partner Raul Malo drew from the Spanish tinge of late 50s-to mid-60s pop-rock hits (and their influence on some late 60s pop-country), with a Twin Peaks Senior Prom echo chamber.
So: unabashedly plush but well-tymed girlie swirls x restless drums, bass, rhythm guitar, tolerating bits of steel, keys, orchestra (the electric guitar is the orchestra on the last track--waking "from a nightmare to a dream"--- but not too much of one).
Whole thing's here, sounding better than Spotify to me:https://nicoleatkins.bandcamp.com/

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dow, Monday, 27 November 2017 18:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know about "single best" but the self-titled RIPS album is full of great tunes and I haven't seen a single mention of it anywhere

https://ripsnyc.bandcamp.com/releases

Dinsdale, Monday, 27 November 2017 20:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://unfathomless.bandcamp.com/album/ten-years-under-the-earth

just released (exciting)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 27 November 2017 21:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i still think this is one of the best songs of the year, album sunk like a stone

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

flopson, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

for how big and potent it is, Algier's album has been relatively overlooked. Bad Pitchfork review and absent from almost every EOTY list. Other than that, I would go with Jlin - Black Origami.

damosuzuki, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I expect it do to well in the 77 poll but it's been slighted in the real world

Simon H., Tuesday, 28 November 2017 13:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

BOB DYLAN TRIPLICATE

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 1 December 2017 02:51 (one week ago) Permalink

oooh otm, i'd add SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ to the list

flappy bird, Friday, 1 December 2017 03:09 (one week ago) Permalink

(even though i wasn't able to get a copy before they sold out)

flappy bird, Friday, 1 December 2017 03:09 (one week ago) Permalink

The 2nd Algiers album isn't as magical to me as the first one was? I kinda just stopped listening to it once that occurred to me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 1 December 2017 03:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Savage Young Du is incredible but IMO reissues (even of previously un-issued period material) are a separate beast entirely

sleeve, Friday, 1 December 2017 03:59 (one week ago) Permalink

tru

flappy bird, Friday, 1 December 2017 06:14 (one week ago) Permalink

neil / promise of the real the visitor

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:00 (one week ago) Permalink

I think the songwriting on the 2nd Algiers album is much, much stronger, as is the singing.

Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Beaches - Second Of Spring
Massive and probably way too long double album of heavy motorik + girl group harmonies. I've listened to this more than any other album this year.
https://chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/album/second-of-spring

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 01:29 (one week ago) Permalink

nice, thanks

sleeve, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 02:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Love the Beaches album; have had it on heavy rotation the past month or so. Not too long as far as I'm concerned!

early rejecter, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 05:45 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks for the beaches link! loved the first album and completely forgot about them

nxd, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 09:44 (one week ago) Permalink

2nd Algiers album much, much better than debut imo

imago, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 09:49 (one week ago) Permalink

I think the songwriting on the 2nd Algiers album is much, much stronger, as is the singing.

"Irony, Utility, Pretext" is probably still my favorite song of theirs (and I was bummed they didn't play it when I saw them) but overall I agree w/ this

Simon H., Tuesday, 5 December 2017 13:30 (one week ago) Permalink

damn, this beaches album is great, thanks.

correlated noise of conformity (Hunt3r), Thursday, 7 December 2017 16:12 (five days ago) Permalink

If the rest of the Meglamancha album is as good as the first track, it's going to be very high on my album ballot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=675TUqcGlV8

ArchCarrier, Friday, 8 December 2017 09:33 (four days ago) Permalink

Update: it is, and it will be.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 8 December 2017 10:05 (four days ago) Permalink

I thought the Aimee Mann album was an obvious classic, and her second best, but I guess it's overlooked.

geoffreyess, Friday, 8 December 2017 16:53 (four days ago) Permalink

everything here is technically (I think?) from 2016, but if you (like me) were disappointed at the Susanne Sundfor album for not being over-the-top, Lena Cullen (formerly of She Is Danger, with Maya Jane Coles) exists: https://soundcloud.com/lenacullenmusic/

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:09 (four days ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/y1zu5cQ.jpg

Algerian Goalkeeper (Odysseus), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:16 (four days ago) Permalink


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