02 January, 2018

My Top 10 Albums of 2017

Last.fm says that last year was my most "successful" when it comes to listening to music (or at least "scrobbling"). It was also a year when I made a conscious effort to try new artists and genres, which meant that, for a year, I'd been actively looking for new releases almost every week. If a certain Word file - a product of my list-keeping habit - is to be trusted, I've heard 277 albums released in 2017. I think I might return to only about 50 of those, which probably means I should rethink my approach to discovering new music... But let's focus on what I did really enjoy. Here are the top 10 (or 11... or 12) albums, presented without comments, that show how 2017 sounded to me. For more of it, check the playlist below.

10. The Veils - Swimming with the Crocodiles EP

Despite consisting of only 5 songs (including a David Bowie cover), this EP fully deserves its spot on this list, but I mainly needed it here as a pretext to mention The Veils' 2016 album Total Depravity, which includes original versions of these live/acoustic songs and, had it been released last year (when I first heard it), would've easily made it to my top 3.

Special mention 

Arca also collaborated with Björk on Utopia - at times a beautiful album that I haven't properly digested yet, so it's officially not included in this list, but here it is, unofficially: