Well we’re about 2.5 months into 2017, and a few pretty good albums have already been released, so here are the one’s I’ve heard so far + my thoughts in no particular order! I know I’ve already missed a lot I need to catch up so I don’t rush at the end of the year to hear everything.
Flying Microtonal Banana – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
I was extremely excited for this record, especially after I heard 2015’s excellent Paper Mache Dream Balloon. I didn’t care for their record in 2016 so much (Nonagon Infinity), but I was extremely excited for this record because I heard that they would be experimenting with microtones. For those not in the know, a microtone is a kind of note isn’t used in traditional western music. A microtone can best be explained as a note in between notes. For example, in western music, we’ll have an A and an A#. In other musical traditions, they will use notes in between those two. At first listen, these notes sound wrong, as if you’re like me and mainly listen to western music, you’ve never really heard those notes before. If you’ve listened to Indian classical, Turkish, or Iranian music before, you probably will be familiar. At first I was worried that it would be kind of a gimmick, but it’s definitely not. It’s King Gizzard’s brand of psychedelic rock but with the added influence from eastern music. It’s dense and it’s confusing and it’s really goddamn catchy. While I’m not completely taken with it yet, with more listens I think I’ll grow to truly love the record.
For Fans of: Flower Travellin’ Band, Acid Mother’s Temple, Ty Segall
#LP4080- Strange U
This is a fantastic grime record that came out recently, I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get into grime. Strange U is definitely weirder than a lot of other Grime artists, his style reminds me a lot of MF DOOM, which is definitely a good thing. It’s very catchy, dense, and overall pretty good. My favorite tracks are “Grizzle” and “Bullet Proof Mustache”.
For Fans of: MF DOOM
Godfather – Wiley
Honestly, if this album just had the song Can’t Go Wrong on it, it would still be fucking good. I officially declare that song THE fucking banger of 2017. Fortunately for us though, the rest of the album holds up very well. It’s heavy grime from Wiley, and it’s the only record I’ve heard from him so far. It’s really good, and super catchy.
For Fans Of: I don’t really know who he sounds like cause I just got into grime and I feel like if you like grime you’ll know him already. He’s great give it a listen.
Forever – Code Orange
I have mixed feelings about this record, but overall I’d say it’s worth checking out if you’re into metalcore (not scene metalcore though). While a lot of the songs blend together, it’s a heavy and truly brutal blend of powerviolence, hardcore, and death metal. The track “Bleeding in the Blur”is definitely the one that stuck with me the most, which I feel kind of guilty for because it’s the only one with clean vocals and it sounds a lot like Superheaven (whose last album also blended together at first so who knows). Overall though, it’s a decent record and I’d recommend checking it out.
For Fans Of: All of the metallic hXc bands I like/know are way less popular than them, so like… maybe Converge? Maybe? If you’re a Superheaven/Basement/grunge fan you’ll dig “Bleeding in the Blur”.
Greatest Hits – Remo Drive
I know this album came out today, but already after my first listen I think it’s really good. They’re kind of emo revival (I suppose) and they hit the sweet spot that I think emo should hit. They’re catchy, angsty, but they don’t take themselves too seriously either. Lead single “Yer Killin’ Me” represents a catchy and humorous side of the band while also being a cutting takedown of what sounds like an ex, and “Hunting for Sport” is on the angstier less humorous side and is a fantastic song. They have hooks for fucking days and I can only hope that they come to Massachusetts soon!
For Fans Of: The Hotelier, Fox Wound, Cap’n Jazz, Piebald.