We’re pretty much three quarters of the way through 2017, and it strikes me that it’s turning into a really quite excellent year for those of us who believe in the basic concept of new music.
We’ve had great albums from the likes of the XX, Julie Byrne, Young Thug, Vince Staples and Japandroids. Great tunes from Sigrid, Mikey Mike, Stormzy and Harry Styles.
There’s been new Mogwai, new Clark, new Four Tet and new Ryan Adams. Hans Zimmer released his best ever soundtrack work (which is saying something), we had a smattering of Frank Ocean releases
and Surfer Blood delivered on their potential.
It’s been a year where I’ve found certain records have entwined themselves with the books I’ve read, to the point where I find them quite hard to separate. Father John Misty soundtracked the new George Saunders, the excellent Penguin Cafe album was on repeat as I ploughed through the His Dark Materials trilogy, and more recently the new Godspeed You! Black Emperor has proved a suitably apocalyptic backing to Niall Ferguson’s The Pity of War.
Recent weeks have seen the music coming thick and fast. I was still picking my way through the Mogwai record when the new The National arrived. Then GY!BE distracted me. And even yesterday a mate tipped me off to the new Phoebe Bridgers, which released this week and which I’m enclosing a clip from below. Lovely stuff.
All this, and we still have The Disappointment Choir, and god knows what other treats, still to come.
Here’s my running playlist of 2017’s best music so far. Hopefully a little something for everyone.