|Jac's Top 30 of 2017|
I was a slacker this year. Listened to lots of flavour-of-the-month metal albums and neglected entire genres - maybe I don't like music anymore and I don't know it. Oh well, here's a compendium of some 2017 tunes that tickled my lobes in all the right ways.
|30||Musica Secreta / Celestial Sirens|
Lucrezia Borgia's Daughter
Renaissance music / choral - Best not to listen when you're in a hurry, but I can think of less cathartic things to listen to when you've 73 minutes to spare.
Black Metal - Nails the balance between atmosphere and musicianship.
|28||Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra|
Tüür: Peregrinus ecstaticus; Noēsis; Le poids ...
Modern Classical - Somehow strings together in a cohesive way despite drawing from a muddled pool of influences from all eras and styles.
Death Metal - If you like riffs you'll like this.
Hétérozygote / Petite symphonie…
Musique concrete - I listened to this unaware it was an archival release at first, then it dawned upon me that the dog you can hear barking is long dead and it made me sad.
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Dynastie: Bach Concertos
Baroque music - Very interesting to hear how trends in the common practice period evolved as illustrated by Bach and fam.
Musique concrete - Uncanny blend of musical escapism and the "real world". Fascinating though not always pleasant.
Renaissance music / plainsong - A no frills testament to the beauty of the human voice.
Baroque / chamber music - The Tartini pieces are some of the best music I've heard in 2017 - hear this for those alone.
Tech death - See my review.
Blight Upon Martyred Sentience
Tech death / "caverncore" - Pushing the fold of extremity once again.
Scelsi: Opere per pianoforte
Modern classical - Scelsi's piano works don't quite possess the other-worldliness of his works for strings but these are still delightfully creepy.
Eroded Corridors of Unbeing
Death doom metal - Appeal stems from aesthetic as much as it does from composition but I still love it.
|17||Collegium Vocale Gent|
Bach: Du treuer Gott: Leipzig Cantatas
Baroque music / oratorio - Wasn't familiar with these pieces but this steadily crept up in my estimations as the year went on. Beautifully recorded renditions of The Maestro's work from Herreweghe as ever.
Disappeared Behind the Sun
Jazz / experimental big band - Trades in some of the ear worm-y phrasing of Injuries for spontaneity but remains impossibly easy to get into.
|15||RIAS Kammerchor / Freiburger Barockorchester|
Requiem - Sussmayr / Dutton 2016 Completion
Classical period / Choral - A slight revision on Sussmayr's original completion of Mozart's Requiem. Sounds pretty faithful to these ears.
Trance of Death
Death metal - Psychedelic tunes with atmosphere that you could cut with a knife.
Modern classical - Frenetic solo violin works from various modern composers. Extended technique in droves; have no idea how to dissect this, don't really care.
Death metal - What it lacks in innovation it more than compensates for in energy. Production is superb as well.
Ambient Dub - Doesn't quite nail the melancholia like Engravings but that's not really a slight. "Panic" is a contender for SOTY.
Schoenberg: String Quartets 2 and 4
Serialism / chamber music - The scores are brilliant enough that any rendition of Schoenberg's string quartets without discernible flaws was bound to end up here. Always keen to hear more.
Hip hop - More of the same from Doppelgangaz but I'm not complaining. Plenty of mentions of strong ankles, in fact, there's even a namesake song.
|8||Silesian String Quartet|
Weinberg: String Quartet No. 7 + Piano Quintet
Modern classical / chamber music - Content with its eccentricities while also being tactfully performed.
What Passes for Survival
Dissonant tech death / mathcore - Took until the twilight of the year to grow on me but once it did, oh my.
Giaches de Wert: Divine Theatre
Choral / Renaissance Music - Unassuming and poignant, with just the right amount of aural slickness so as to make for comfortable listening while shirking grandiosity.
|5||Inconcessus Lux Lucis|
The Crowning Quietus
Black / heavy / speed metal - See my review.
Dissonant tech death - Was an early pick for AOTY but was usurped along the way. Still probably my fav production job this year.
Lowercase - Sparse at a glance but vividly textured - you could hear a pin drop. Best played in isolation with out (any potential for) distractions.
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|2||Arditti Quartet / Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France|
Pascal Dusapin: Quatuor VI; Quatuor VII
Chamber music / modern classical - Tense, chaotic, discordant, [buzzword] pieces from a dude who studied under Xenakis, performed to perfection by Arditti.
Dissonant tech death - Shocker, the 2017 album with the most enduring appeal for me was what some scrubs would call a "Gorguts clone". I'm even less surprised than you are.