Favorite 2017 releases

While we’re already 1/24th into 2018, I thought it would still be nice to reflect a bit on the previous year. Plus, what nicer way is there to start a brand new blog? Writing it provided me with a clear point to get started. Reading it gives you an idea of the kind of music I’m into! So… here are my favorite album releases of 2017! It includes new discoveries but also new releases of bands I already knew. All in all, I think 2017 was a fruitful year for me which leaves high expectations for 2018! I included Spotify playlists at the end in case the post makes you curious.

1. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

You could’ve walked into my home at any moment during the past year and chances would probably have been 1-in-2 that this record was playing. Even though it is not necessarily the best in this list (meaning: technically), listening to it just makes me so happy! It just sounds as if Courtney and Kurt recorded this album on a cozy Sunday afternoon while drinking tea and making jokes. As for their solo albums, I love their lyrics. The duo chats about the need to protect your ears or the struggles of being on tour. Adding to the innocence, have a look at their ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ below as well. Once again, its not perfect, it just makes me really happy!

2. Moss – Strike

How did I not listen to Moss before?? The band is often declared as the best indie-band of our country and well.. ever since the release of this album I tend to agree! It fits in so well between all the international releases. While their live performance (Vera, 13/04) did not capture me entirely, I still cannot get tired of the album! It is well balanced, making it hard to name just one favorite song. Perhaps it’s the catchy indie-song ‘Bored to Death’. Maybe the more experimental ‘Kathmandu’? Or, what about the epic finale of the album ‘My Decision’? Still undecided.

3. Warhaus – Warhaus

Speaking of favorite songs. When it comes to this album, I definitely have one. During 2017 I listened to ‘Love’s a Stranger’ so often! I mean SO often! And I have to admit, I’m still not sick of it. I don’t know what it is with this song. The tropical sound of the xylophone? The mysterious voices of Maarten and Sylvie? The relaxed rhythm? Probably it’s answer D: all of the above. As for the rest of the album, I’m so glad it lived up to the high expectations I had after their debut album. Love the experimental rhythms and sounds. Spoiled to have seen them live twice in 2017!

4. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

Would this post have been about the best albums instead of my favorites, I would’ve probably put this one on top. As you’ll find out, I love when songs start out softly and build up unnoticed until everything comes together in the end. No band does this like The War on Drugs does. To me, their strength is that they take their time so well, while at the same time their long (long!) songs do not bore me for a second. Another great one for a cozy Sunday afternoon. In fact, I was lucky to add this album to my vinyl collection in December! Even though I’m always a bit reluctant to adopt new releases this soon, I knew that this one was goooood immediately.

5. MOOON – MOOON’s Brew

This was a discovery of the best type. While walking in a record store, this album was playing. At first listen, I couldn’t really place the sound of this band. Is it blues? Surf? Garage? Actually its everything, put together in a really nice brew (hence the name of the album). Looked the band up at home and found out they are dutch! Many more listens followed. The diversity and fun in this album is just great. Gotta love the ‘Intermission’. Hope to see them live somewhere in 2018!

6. Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

This album is definitely NOT for Sunday afternoons (at least not for me, haha). Still great though! This is actually a band that I rediscovered this year. I recognized their name, and I’m pretty sure I listened to their debut album before. But somehow it never stuck around. This one will! Again, this is a really diverse album. If you’re not that into the rebellious ‘Yuk Foo’, perhaps poppy ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ is more your thing? Despite the fact that each song is so distinct, the album still feels coherent.

Besides these 6 albums there were obviously many many more that I liked. But… that would’ve been a long and boring post I suppose. I picked these because they stood out for me and listened to them a lot! I’m pretty sure that when I look back in a couple of months they will take me back to my 2017 memories.

That’s that! The first post is out! Hope you liked it! Let me know what you think about it below :). What were your favorites releases of 2017? And which ones are you looking forward to in 2018? I already have my eyes set on a couple ;).

2 comments

  1. I love “A Deeper Understanding”. I think I’ve listened to it at least twice a week for the last five months, and it never gets old. Will definitely check out your other favorites!

    PS: Awesome that you’ve started this webpage Nikki 🙂

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