My Top 10-ish Tracks From 2017 So Far

Rich has some great musical tastes; that was proven with his top 10 songs of 2017 so far. He tackles a wide range of music from rock with a sexy swagger, legends that have sadly left us, and a funky slow jam with and infectious hook. I’d love to throw my hat into the ring for what’s stood out to me so far for the first half of 2017.

10. R. Ring – “Loud Underneath”

Even though it might not seem like it, Kim Deal has been busy. She’s been recording her solo series since 2013 and we could still have a Breeders record by the end of the year. In the interim her sister Kelley Deal founded a new project with Mike Montgomery of Ampline. R. Ring went on this year to release they first full length entitled Ignite The Rest, which is powerful but also gentle and sweet at the same time. “Loud Underneath” just so happens to employ a lot of those qualities. First released on a split with the band Protomartyr — which you should also hear — “Loud Underneath” produces one of the most infectious chorus builds that I’ve heard on a guitar. Layered with Kelley’s voice, it produces chills.

9. The Flaming Lips – “How??”

One of the closest things to a Flaming Lips ballad, “How??” gets you hooked with its anguish, desperation, and triumph. Coyne and Co. set a twinkle that makes it a standout track on Oczy Mlody. I mean hell, the album even makes a case for Miley Cyrus. Please don’t strip my credibility for saying that.

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8. The National – “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness”

When The National said they were going to get more progressive with their next record I couldn’t help but get excited. After releasing High Violet, one of the more acclaimed albums in indie music, a change in formula is just what they need. “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” has an infectious, robotic bounce that’s rarely displayed by The National.

7. The Company Man – “Tight Holding Heart Forever Love”

This song is a super fun banger that not many people have heard. THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. What makes “Tight Holding Heart Forever Love” fun is the muted pace and the ravenous riff that rips right through it.

6. The War On Drugs – “Thinking On A Place”

While the song is 11 minutes, it’s 11 minutes of ethereal, cerebral bliss, a calming open ocean of synths and guitars with the weightless caress of Adam Granduciel voice. It’s a nice calm for those who might be looking for a 21st century Dylan.

5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “Nuclear Fusion” / “The Lord Of Lightning”

I know you guys and girls might get sick of it but this is a fact that I cannot stress enough — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will soon take over the world. Now the fact they they’re releasing five records this year, two of which have already been released, made it hard to pick a top track out of the two. So, I said why not have it both ways. “Nuclear Fusion” is a groovy experiment in micro-tonal tuning. “The Lord Of Lightning” is a classic Gizz song with roots in artist such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Rush.

4. The Black Angels – “Comanche Moon”

“Comanche Moon” is a kaleidoscopic song that plays like aural LSD. Death Songs show The Black Angels getting their groove back. It’s heavy, psychedelic fun and that makes it one of my top psych songs so far this year.

3. Richard Edwards – “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin'”

Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset is an album that needs to get way more exposure than it did. Former front man of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s Richard Edwards is a man bearing his soul. So many great songs on this album such as “Management of Savagery,” “When You Get Lost,” and finally the emotionally charged “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’.”

2. Radiohead – “Man Of War”

It’s unreleased Radiohead with one hell of a hooky OK Computer guitar. What more can you ask for!

1. Pissed Jeans – “Love Without Emotion”

Yes the band is Pissed Jeans and no they don’t give a shit about what you think. “Love Without Emotion” is a rock song that appeals to your baser instincts. In fact the whole album, Why Love Now, is really that way. To hear lead vocalist Matt Korvette gurgle and growl, “I got looooooooove, loooove with out emotion,” it’s catchy, freeing, and makes this one of the easiest songs to listen to over and over again.

One comment to “My Top 10-ish Tracks From 2017 So Far”
  1. Thanks Chris, I think everybody here’s got great taste! King Gizzard blows my mind every time I hear something new from them.

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