Jasmine's Top 10 Albums of 2017
At Distinction Music Management we realize that not everyone's music taste is 100% the same. Even with this realization you will probably notice that pretty much 99% of all end of year lists are pretty much identical. That's why we wanted to change it up and showcase what we consider each of our top albums of the year. We're not saying they're the best albums, but that they are our favorites and meant the most to us this past year, because who are we to judge one persons art over another's.
10. Antisocialites - Alvvays
This was highly anticipated for me. Their 2014 debut album is still in high rotation, a satisfying grab anytime I throw it on. The sophomore album does not disappoint. It strikes a perfect chord of yearning melancholy coupled with catchy hooks that'll make this one a constant repeat as well.
9. Scum Fuck Flower Boy - Tyler, the Creator
I've always had trouble really getting into Tyler's previous work because of the rampant misogyny and homophobia. I know he and the Odd Future clan claim it all as just a joke and those who aren't in it are dumb, but words have power and I feel like that's a cop-out. There's none of that to be found on Flower Boy. Finally Tyler is showing us his true self and it's beautiful, complicated, and liberating. Mikayla named this one her favorite album of July 2017.
8. The OOZ - King Krule
Another highly-anticipated one for me. I'm completely obsessed with everything Archy Marshall has made and The OOZ goes down as one of (if not THE) best. The productions, which Marshall took control of on this sophomore album, are perfection and his listless, despondent vocals place you in a stark, eerie landscape you don't want to escape. This was also Mikayla's pick for Best Of: October.
7. Communicating - Hundred Waters
This album is a major departure from their previous quiet, introverted releases, made for tranquil times alone. Communicating is the complete opposite, beckoning you to get out of bed and dance around your room and I'm more than okay with that. "Wave to Anchor" is a certified banger that showcases Nicole Miglis' voice in a way that hasn't been utilized previously: joyfully. I tend to gravitate to the sad and depressing so this album is a welcome reprieve from that.
6. A Crow Looked At Me - Mount Eerie
Speaking of sad and depressing. A Crow Looked at Me is hands down one of the most beautifully tragic albums I've ever heard. Made in the aftermath of his wife's death from cancer, Phil Elverum named the album after a dream that his daughter (who was only 1 1/2 when her 35 year old mother died) had. Do I even need to say any more?? DO NOT LISTEN TO IN PUBLIC. I REPEAT DO NOT LISTEN TO IN PUBLIC. You WILL cry, that I can guarantee.
5. Capacity - Big Thief
Definitely one of my top listened-to albums this year and made me fall in love with folk rock all over again. It's beautiful, intimate, and timeless. I named it my Best Of: June and it's stood by me for the past 6 months better than any boyfriend could.
4. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
It's weird that this album only came out this year because it's become so ingrained in not just me, but our entire culture that it feels like it's always been here. I don't think I need to say any more since you love this album too.
3. Third Daughter - Donormaal
Seattle's reigning queen of hip hop finally delivered her grand opus: the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2015's instant-classic Jump or Die. At a hefty 19 songs, you'd think there might be a couple duds but unsurprisingly the album is chock-full of amazing cuts that will leave you discovering a new favorite song with each listen. Anna named Third Daughter her Best Of: July.
2. Utopia - Bjork
I worship at the altar of Björk so honestly I didn't even need to hear the album to know that I'd love it. Turns out I was right and it's perfection like everything else Björk does in life. Obviously it was my Best Of: November.
1. Ctrl - SZA
AHHHHH this album is so good!!! Seriously if you're still sleeping on this album, get your life together and listen to it!! The girl fucking KILLS IT!! Stop whatever it is you're doing and listen to it RIGHT NOW!!
Miguel - War & Leisure
The xx - I See You
Lorde - Melodrama
Mount Kimbie - Love What Survives
Chastity Belt - I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory