No other album this year had a more clear, biting thesis statement than Lorde’s incredible sophomore release. A restless look into the life of a young person failing upward, Melodrama brought stunning production, Lorde’s singular lyricism, and a healthy dose of, well, melodrama into a perfect, addictive pop masterpiece.
A unique, almost too-personal look at the crumble of a relationship both romantic and professional, Dirty Projectors’s self-titled paints a vibrant picture; the story of DP mastermind Dave Longstreth and former band member Amber Coffman, told non-linearally, with all of the pieces forced together like a mis-cut jigsaw puzzle. Precise, oddball production gives certain songs the feel of a fucked up Justin Timberlake record (see: “Death Spiral”). Don’t miss this strange trip.
A dark, twisted folk world unlike any I’ve visited before, Alex’s latest was perhaps the most motley record of the year, allowing him to bounce around a vast palette of sound without ever coming off as disjointed. Some of the most raw, haunting melodies I’ve heard all year.
No other band this year has made a debut as downright fun as Boy Band’s debut EP Begin. The 5 songs tackle confidence, heartbreak, feminism and death–with some of the catchiest melodies and most gorgeous harmonies of the last 12 months. The lead singles “Sorry (High & Dry) and “Up From The Mud” are some of my favorite tracks of the year, as well. Looking forward to big things from the folk pop trio in 2018.
Jack Antonoff’s sophomore release as Bleachers provided a fine-tuned, fun-as-heck lineup of innovative pop bangers–the kind of songs best experienced from the middle of a crowd that knows every single word.
6. Travis Crowley – The Trouble Kid Tape
7. HAIM – Something To Tell You
8. The xx – I See You
9. Harry Styles – Harry Styles
10. Jay Som – Everybody Works
Most-Anticipated for 2018: Vampire Weekend