Top Albums of 2017

Lists are arbitrary and burdensome, but why not join the fun everyone else is having? We gathered our lists, separate lists for all of us, then combined them into one that had 50 albums. What you get here are the four writers/contributors of ATH, giving you their meaningless opinions on what we thought was the jam in 2017. It’s alphabetical, and we put the initials next to it so you could track down your enemy!

 

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Another Tune from The Luxembourg Signal

Having already released one of the best songs of the year in “Laura Palmer,” The Luxembourg Signal are back with the announcement of Blue Field, their brand new LP. I love the sounds of the guitars working against one another; one sounds like an acoustic strum while the other cuts through with discordant rings. You take those two bits fighting joyously, then top it off with incredible vocals that seem to hang in there, even after the syllables have been released. This is some of the best indiepopmusic being written, period. I couldn’t be more excited to get my hands on what’s sure to be gem of an LP, when Shelflife drop it on October 13th (KUS will handle Europe).

Brand New Pop Number from The Luxembourg Signal

As much as I relished the debut album from The Luxembourg Signal, I’m going out on a short limb and claiming this new single as the best work they’ve done to date…might just be one of the best songs I’ve heard this month, in fact. When the song came in, mixing guitars with speedy hi-hat work, I thought the band might jump off into an upbeat affair. Soon, however, synths washed over my speakers and Betsy Moyer’s smoky voice slowly billowed. For me, that combination would be enough to call it a winner, but the band won’t rest there; they bring in some walls of distortion and bending chords from the distance, building a dreamily infectious moment…Moyer’s voice almost takes on a playful tone during the chorus. And, as the song fades to a close, they throw in a slightly heavier hand and some vocal “bah bah bahdop,” only increasing my adoration. They’ve got their follow-up, Blue Field, in the works, but they’ll be releasing this song via 7″ on June 23rd via Shelflife. Sit back and fall in love here.