2017 began with rich promises of new music, to-be-announced tours and the mystique of unrevealed festival lineups. We’re a month into the new year and already wading knee-deep through new releases. Check out my lists of favorite tracks and albums from 2017 so far. Be sure to follow my Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page to hear everything mentioned and follow along as it’s updated weekly.
- “Star Roving” by Slowdive
This is the first track from shoegaze masters Slowdive in 22 years. They reunited in 2014 and have supposedly been working on tons of new music. This track is spacey, layered with noise and promising. Here’s to hoping for a new Slowdive album.
- “Sleep Drifter” by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
The boys are back and sounding better than ever. This is the first single released from King Gizzard’s album, coming on February 24. This is the first of five(!) albums the Aussie band is set to release in 2017.
- “Judy French” by White Reaper
White Reaper has announced their next LP, “The World’s Best American Band.” If this single is any indication of the album’s caliber, we’re in for a treat.
- “Pure Comedy” and “Ballad of the Dying Man” by Father John Misty
Father John Misty released the title track and a single off his new album “Pure Comedy” in January. Following suit with “I Love You, Honeybear,” Tillman meets cynicism with eloquent rhetoric and melancholy melodies.
- “Hands” by Father
Father is my favorite up-and-coming rapper at the moment, and his new single is a banger. This is just one of the many great things we can expect from Awful Records this year.
- “BagBak” by Vince Staples
Vince Staples’ sophomore LP is due out soon and this is the first track from it. It’s reminiscent of the “Summertime ‘06” sound but more futuristic.
- “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man” by Mac Demarco
The lo-fi king himself has promised us a new album soon. Demarco shared these two tracks last week that prove his sound is still jangly and psychedelic, just gentler.
- “Darling” by Real Estate
Real Estate has announced that their next album, “In Mind,” will be out in March. The band puts a fresh spin on their signature sound for this wavy track.
- “Tummy Ache” by Diet Cig
Diet Cig announced a new album that will be out in April with the release of this single. “Swear I’m Good at This” will be the band’s sophomore album. “Tummy Ache” is bubbly pop punk at its best.
- “Funeral Pyre” by Julien Baker
Baker recently signed to Matador Records and put out this unreleased track. As you’d expect, it tears at the heartstrings while remaining captivatingly genius.
- “Indica Two” and “Redwoods Two” by Foxing
To hold us over while they tour throughout the United States and Europe, Foxing released two new singles. Both are contemplative and dark; the band’s brand of punk sees no shortage.
- “Evermore” by Grandaddy
Grandaddy is set to release their first album since 2006 this year. This single is the first release since the announcement. It’s a synth jam with tenacious vocals.
- “Throbbing Gristle,” “Groove is in the Heart” and “Fact 67” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Brian Jonestown Massacre has released three singles from upcoming album “Don’t Get Lost,” out on February 24. Each track is progressive, heavily Eastern-influenced and super sonic.
- “Migration” by Bonobo
This is my favorite release of the year so far. It’s ambient, reclusive and quietly powerful. Bonobo has long been my favorite electronic artist, but with this album Simon Green has perfected a balance.
- “Culture” by Migos
After “Bad and Boujee” was gifted to us in 2016, the world has been ready for new Migos. Now that it’s here, I can confirm that it’s packed full of bangers and goes beyond the high expectations set for it. It’s a must listen (if you havent’ already).
- “Ty Segall” by Ty Segall
Ty Segall has released his self-titled album and it does not disappoint. The man who has been in every band and project seems to have found a home with a Western sound layered in fuzz and static. He hasn’t strayed far from his typical sound but still brings something new to the table.
- “Hang” by Foxygen
Foxygen is known for their classic psychedelic rock sound. With “Hang,” the group has moved toward jazz and yacht rock subtly and provides a more matured sound.
- “Apocolipstick” by Cherry Glazerr
This album is fun rock ’n’ roll. It features powerful crooning, sweet guitar riffs, clever lyricism and playful harmonies.
- “Fresh Air” by Homeshake
A long-awaited release, Homeshake, also known as Peter Sagar, has impressed fans with a satisfying LP. As psychedelic R&B takes over the indie music sphere, Homeshake stays ahead of the rest with innovative and experimental sound that dances between sensual and quirky.
- “After the Party” by The Menzingers
Punk legends The Menzingers have released their first album since 2014. It’s a clean-cut punk record with plenty of the strongly voiced lyrics that express a fear of the future and distaste with authority. It’s the best of their classic sound mixed with new punk influence.
- “Snowdonia” by Surfer Blood
The beachy rock group is back with “Snowdonia.” This record is full of great guitar jams and pleasant composition.
- “Rune Husk” EP by of Montreal
of Montreal seems to never slow down. The group has released a new EP. The four tracks are a window into the soul of psychedelia, sprinkled with a varying array of influences, nice piano tracking and plenty of synth.
- “Myths 002” EP by Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood
Pink and Weyes Blood teamed up for a double feature EP. Just four tracks long, the work is a bit more hi-fi than the artists’ usual work. The vocals are extraordinary.
- “Open Minds Now Close” EP by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre dropped a three track EP this past week. It includes an English and Icelandic version of the title track and a new song. As always, The BJM’s new music is progressive in nature and style.
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Olivia Ladd is a freelance entertainment and music journalist and photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find her work on WMOT Roots Radio, MTSU Sidelines, No Country for New Nashville, The Tennessean, in various zines and on Twitter at Olivia Ladd.