Wednesday Graveyear 2017

I am on top of this, this year. Except, I have not done my Statistics on My Music this year. I might do it in the new year.

These are my favourite albums of the year. If you're interested, there is a Spotify Playlist with them on it here.

Previous Years: 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016
 

Slowdive - Slowdive

I didn't expect this album to be as incredible as it was. I have listened to Slowdive for years, after getting really into shoegaze back in 2008 or so, and like My Bloody Valentine I never really expected any new material from them, and I was listening to them as a finished product. The album is utterly magical, and shows what can happen when an artist comes back because there is a need.

I didn't expect this album to be as incredible as it was. I have listened to Slowdive for years, after getting really into shoegaze back in 2008 or so, and like My Bloody Valentine I never really expected any new material from them, and I was listening to them as a finished product. The album is utterly magical, and shows what can happen when an artist comes back because there is a need.

Mogwai - Every Country's Sun

Mogwai have had a late-career resurgence, for me. Their last album, Atomic, was massive and brilliant, and before that Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will and Rave Tapes are up there with their brilliant best. If I listen to this album though it is for me their best since Come On Die Young, which is up there as one of my all-time favourites, and this is just brilliant. Stand out track is Don't Believe the Fife, which is one of the best tracks they've ever written.

Mogwai have had a late-career resurgence, for me. Their last album, Atomic, was massive and brilliant, and before that Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will and Rave Tapes are up there with their brilliant best. If I listen to this album though it is for me their best since Come On Die Young, which is up there as one of my all-time favourites, and this is just brilliant. Stand out track is Don't Believe the Fife, which is one of the best tracks they've ever written.

Fever Ray - Plunge

Fever Ray is one half of the most influential artists I've ever listened to - The Knife. Their 2006 album Silent Shout single handedly changed my musical outlook, and since then I've never looked back. They haven't quite made an album I liked as much as that one, but Fever Ray's self-titled debut was close. This is however a brilliant distillation of what makes her so compelling, and has some wicked tracks.

Fever Ray is one half of the most influential artists I've ever listened to - The Knife. Their 2006 album Silent Shout single handedly changed my musical outlook, and since then I've never looked back. They haven't quite made an album I liked as much as that one, but Fever Ray's self-titled debut was close. This is however a brilliant distillation of what makes her so compelling, and has some wicked tracks.

Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder

I'll confess that up until Connie and I started dating I'd never really listened to Broken Social Scene. Not sure why - but after she said that Anthems for the 13 Year Old Girl spoke to her, I went back and listened and utterly fell in love. When we saw them in Houston together in went down as a memorable night for a few of the wrong reasons - Houston crowds are shite - but the band played on. This sees Feist return to the group and the results are wonderful. Another album made by artists after waiting the time for an album to ready to be recorded.

I'll confess that up until Connie and I started dating I'd never really listened to Broken Social Scene. Not sure why - but after she said that Anthems for the 13 Year Old Girl spoke to her, I went back and listened and utterly fell in love. When we saw them in Houston together in went down as a memorable night for a few of the wrong reasons - Houston crowds are shite - but the band played on. This sees Feist return to the group and the results are wonderful. Another album made by artists after waiting the time for an album to ready to be recorded.

Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins

Shields, the band's last album, was a pleasant surprise after the popular early albums, but I didn't love it as much as I love this one - it feels so free-flowing but tight at the same time and is a great journey - I was rinsing the singles before the album came out, and unlike many other times where I do that they are better in the album's context rather than my sporadic unsorted listening.

Shields, the band's last album, was a pleasant surprise after the popular early albums, but I didn't love it as much as I love this one - it feels so free-flowing but tight at the same time and is a great journey - I was rinsing the singles before the album came out, and unlike many other times where I do that they are better in the album's context rather than my sporadic unsorted listening.