Turn Out The Lights radiates light in what feels like an increasingly dark world. Julien Baker’s brilliantly poetic lyricism and beautiful instrumentals coalesce into an honest representation of the human experience, her songwriting telling a story of heartache, sorrow, and, ultimately, hope. At just 22 years old, Baker has shown wisdom beyond her years, crafting an album that is as intimate as it is universal in its ability to tug at your heartstrings and make you believe that there is always hope.
As a die-hard Paramore fan since the Riot! days, its no surprise that After Laughter is one of my top albums of 2017. The juxtaposition of poppy, 80s-inspired instrumentals with Hayley Williams’s introspective lyricism create for an album that is both fun to listen to and easy to relate to on a deeper level. After Laughter erases the dividing line between pop and alternative music, proving that Paramore remains the unstoppable force they were 10 years ago.
Profoundly melancholic yet still whimsical at heart, Songs From The Sunroom showcases everything wonderful about indie-folk artist Field Medic, from his joyful charm to his heartbreaking honesty. It was by complete accident that I stumbled upon this album, and I was instantly entranced by his introspective recounts of his experiences paired with simple yet beautiful melodies.
Good Nature may have been one of my most anticipated albums of 2017, and it absolutely shattered my expectations. The album is propulsive in its message of harmony and inner peace, a sense of joy and serenity persisting throughout. Good Nature is a departure from the pain that defined their previous releases, transcending personal despondency in hopes of finding a more universally important sense of bliss.
An album defined by its documentation of emotional intimacy and lived experience, Stranger In The Alps is graceful in its raw account of the all the ups and downs of Bridgers’s life. Receiving praise from the likes of Julien Baker and Conor Oberst, Stranger In The Alps is a patient, refined collection of songs that are both cutting and eloquent, as Bridgers wears her hear on her sleeve and encourages her listeners to do the same.
6. Have Mercy – Make The Best Of It
7. Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
8. Noah Gundersen – White Noise
9. Brockhampton – Saturation II
10. Death Of Lovers – The Acrobat
Most-Anticipated for 2018: Post Malone