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Uni's 2017 Tourney

I've fallen a bit behind on my 2017 listenings (as opposed to my 2016 experience) and there hasn't been an album I would actually love front-to-back this year, so you have the power to change that. Gimme dem 2k17 shit, yo.
1The Afghan Whigs
In Spades


Here's a handful of my favourites thus far. Keep in mind, they do not define my genre taste.
2The Menzingers
After the Party
3Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent
4White Ward
Futility Report
5IDLES
Brutalism
6Exquirla
Para Quienes Aún Viven


bgillesp
7Fen
Winter


bgillesp
8Desperate Journalist
Grow Up


TwigTW
Desperate Journalist are desperate to make some of that washed-out Post-Punk-ish revivalism-esque blandness. Some decent tune here and there, mostly fine vocals and I suppose they do what they can with the Lo-Fi, over-accessible, linear, straightforward and dreaded out style they chose. But that doesn't change the fact that it is what it is, a boring ol' Lo-Fi, over-accessible, linear, straightforward and dreaded out style. You'll have to do more than that to impress me.
2.60
9Gold
Optimist


hansoloshotfirst
This ain't your typical cocky Hard Rock for cocks. This that atmospheric, patient and lucid Hard Rock for the artsy mustache-rockin' fams. This that creative shit, bruv. This that good shite, bruv.
3.88
10Grift
Arvet


hansoloshotfirst
I appreciate the simplicity and the more or less traditional approach to At.BM, but there is just something non-descript about this album. It's just kind of drab with subpar production and instrumentation and even more subpar vocals.
3.15
11Akercocke
Renaissance in Extremis


bgillesp
Man, I am not a fan of this guy's growls. Then again, I am not a fan of growls in general so... The instrumentation, production and the clean vocals were all great and made it worth it, but the growls are just laughable and out of place.
3.64
12Falls of Rauros
Vigilance Perennial


BlackwaterPork
13Ryuichi Sakamoto
Async


Frippertronics
An album of strange peace. It draws you in with a firm, but soft grip and it doesn't let you go from its naturally calming embrace. I really don't know what to say. It's beautifully freeing. I now understand why you wanted everyone to listen to it so badly, Fripp.
4.44
14Ariel Pink
Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Frippertronics
A fairly fine album that doesn't alwys grip, but is charming overall with that pretty distorted almost-DIY-sound-a-like feel to it.
3.81
15The Horrors
V


Frivolous
Well, the band definitely feel confident about their transition into this sort of Industrial Electropunk direction they took and they flow freely in the streams of it. It's quite obvious that this transition was thought through and isn't just some spontaneous trend-blending many other bands do. My only real gripe with it is that its songwriting is more often than not a tad underwhelming and not all that memorable. Overall, it's a fine album, but not the most striking.
3.68
16Kiko Dinucci
Cortes Curtos


Frivolous
The strangest of the accessible and the most fun of the weird records this year. Kiko Dinucci delivers some truly bind-bending, perspective-twisting and perception-shifting obscurity that is as hard to swallow as it is fun to attempt to do so.
4.00
17Landlady
The World Is A Loud Place


Frivolous
18Kirin J. Callinan
Bravado


Frivolous
Yeah... no, thank you. but the t/t was nice
2.12
19Alex Cameron
Forced Witness


Frivolous
This album is just pretty. It's as relaxing an instrument-led music as you get. Its inherent carefree attitude and lovesick themes are all gleeful and full of life, even though they are presented with a certain level of nonchalancy. It's a great record, even if a tad too simplistic.
3.82
20Kevin Morby
City Music


Frivolous
This was surprisingly pleasant. It had that slightly silly and cheeky charm to it, but ultimately feels incredibly soulful and sweet. Yeah, I don't have a lot more to say, it's just really nice.
3.84
21Motorpsycho
The Tower


BlazinBlitzer
It's a hell of a ride. A tiring, dizzying and long, but a ride nonetheless.
3.88
22Purefilth
Unhuman Forms Prevail


nocuffin
23Toshiya Tsunoda
Extract From Field Recordings I-IV


nocuffin
24Hedon
Demo


nocuffin
25Emmure
Look at Yourself


nocuffin
26Marion (Noise)
Through the Veil a Building Falls


nocuffin
27Vomir
Black Bag Chapter II


nocuffin
28Yung Bambi
NVRLND


nocuffin
still
a
miss,
sach
1.9
29Chino Amobi
Paradiso


nocuffin
This album feels like a near-magical odyssey. Its style, its atmosphere and the songwriting all create some kind of crazy, but systematically orderly world. It's like Alice in Beaurocratically Structured Wonderland. Only thing, it does overstay its welcome a bit, but the striking and overwhelming nature of it all makes it worth it.
4.39
30Bilious
Feel What I Feel


nocuffin
31Moss Harvest
Taking Care


nocuffin
I don't know what to think about this. I am not an expert on this sort of music. I adon not know how to interpret this sort of music. I don't know what to think of this. I mean, I actually managed to like it. It's not music per se, but it has a certain solitary, foggy and chilling atmosphere to it that really got under my skin. Yeah... I don't know.... It's good, I guess...
4.00
32chxpo
snowstorm


nocuffin
no
thank
you
1.50
33Chip Lionel
Legs Back Feet Half


nocuffin
34Yan Jun and Ben Owen
Swimming Salt 游泳的盐


nocuffin
35Enbilulugugal
Offerings to Curlyton


nocuffin
36We Also Let Blood
Please Do Not Chase the Clouds


nocuffin
37Plagues (Noise)
Death Is Salvation


nocuffin
I'll tell you what, I've had more pleasant experiences in my life. This album is inherently unlikeable and that's its whole charm. It is awful from on all fronts, but then again, that's what it aims for.
3.06
38Bereft (USA-WI)
Lands


hesperus
39Alter
Pendulum


hesperus
40Pile
A Hairshirt of Purpose


Frivolous
Distorted, pissed and intriguingly cynical in a lot of ways. There is enough interesting material for me to call it a decent album, but there is also a lot, lot, lot of water.
3.40
41Guerilla Toss
GT Ultra


Frivolous
Oce good thing I can tell you about this is that it is indeed unusual. The vocals are gratinga and obnoxious, but not something I've heard like a million times. Then again, it's not something I want to hear more than once.
3.16
42Meat Wave
The Incessant


Frivolous
43Richard Dawson
Peasant


Frivolous
44Samsara Blues Experiment
One with the Universe


Frivolous
Stoner Psych! You got me Stoner Psych. It is as rapid, dizzying (in a good way) and tiring as a good Stoner Psych album should be. But it also carries the tradition of the genre, by which I mean that this, just like most other such albums, is way too long for its own good. It is good indeed, but it goes on for- seemingly- ever.
3.72
45Dutch Uncles
Big Balloon


Frivolous
Well, I can tell you for sure that it is pleasant. I just really can't get into it. It sounds too one-dimensional, samey and utterly forgettable for me.
2.43
46Cherry Glazerr
Apocalipstick


Dewinged
47Of Once and Future Band
Once & Future Band


Dewinged
48Toothless
The Pace of the Passing


Dewinged
49A/T/O/S
Outboxed


Dewinged
50Kairon IRSE!
Ruination


Dewinged
51Louise Burns
Young Mopes


Dewinged
Quite a sweet little easy-to-listen-to album, but also a tad forgettable one. It's unfortunate, because there are some genuinely sweet tunes on here. It's just so one-time-only and expendable.
3.08
52Shannon Wright
Division


Dewinged
53Persefone
Aathma


Dewinged
I really want to like this, I really do, but it is just so "epic-over-substance". It's forgettable at best and even when it's not, it is just way too bloated and silly with how seriously it takes itself. The growls are also not exactly the best. I am not a fan, but I tried to be.
2.66
54Colour Haze
In Her Garden


Dewinged
55Junius
Eternal Rituals For The Accretion of Light


Dewinged
This thing is beastly. There is a near-demonic presence on this record. It feels like a journey through the underworld. But not the christian kind, the cool Hades kind. And the melodies and their intensity reaches from stunning to corny and silly, but still fun.
3.77
56Parlor Walls
Opposites


Dewinged
57Clark
Death Peak


Dewinged
58Nodachi
Beyond Death Beyond Reason


Dewinged
59Soup (NO)
Remedies


Dewinged
60Tigerwine
Die With Your Tongue Out


Dewinged
61Trans Am
California Hotel


Dewinged
62Au-Dessus
End of Chapter


teamster
Magnetic and monolithic. This album has a pure beauty hidden behind a wall of over-the-top brutality. It tries so hard to be epic that it.... well... succeeds, actually.
3.75
63Venenum
Trance of Death


Evokaphile
You've hit gold, mate. This is exactly the kind of hellish, nightmares-inducing beastly metal I like to dig my teeth into. The undeniable atmosphere of menace and the incredibly intricate instrumental work just keep you gripped and hooked all the way through. It's an immaculate piece and I love it. Thank you!
4.34
64Sneaks
It's a Myth


butcherbabe
Yeah, I can't really understand why does this have a Post-Punk tag, cause there is maybe only some Post-Punk-like bass on one or two tracks, but otherwise it's a complete Art-Poppy thing. But the blandest, most boring and almost unbearably tiringly obnoxiously monotone. The beats you can find on a synthesiser for kids with about the vocal abilities of one such kid.
1.21
65Ensnared
Dysangelium


bgillesp
This is how I like my Death Metal. It's brutal, hellish, dismal and ruthless. My only gripe is that it is kind of messy and a lot of the times, if the volume is a notch too high, the music becomes basically unintelligible, but that's hardly an album-ruiner.
3.96
66Hubris
Apocryphal Gravity


teamster
67Sean Price
Imperius Rex


DikkoZinner
68Ghost Spirit
Ghost Spirit


brainmelter
69Citizen
As You Please


DeadlyNightShade
70Enter Shikari
The Spark


DeadlyNightShade
71The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers


DeadlyNightShade
72McCafferty
Thanks. Sorry. Sure.


DeadlyNightShade
73Ho99o9
United States Of Horror


DeadlyNightShade
74J.I.D
The Never Story


DeadlyNightShade
J.I.D.'s delivery is quite decent and the production is mostly solid too, but my ajor gripe with the album is that it doesn't have anything much to it, besides the technical side of it all. It just exists for the sake of existing and sounding fairly okay, but I really can't hear anything outstandingly memorable on here.
3.36
75Novo Amor
Bathing Beach


neekafat
76Fazerdaze
Morningside


budgie
This is surely nice, but it did not grip me almost at all. It's extremely drab and forgettable. The atmosphere put me to sleep half of the time and the songwriting itself was completely boring. At least it sounds pleasant, so I guess it could have been worse.
2.23
77She-Devils
She-Devils


budgie
78Vansire
Reflections And Reveries


budgie
79Hazel English
Just Give In / Never Going Home


budgie
80Dreadnought
A Wake In Sacred Waves


bgillesp
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