Sunday, December 17, 2017

Best of 2017


It's that time of the year again - end of the year Best Of list time!  It's always a difficult task to pick albums for one of these lists.  But it's also fun because I get to sort through a bunch of music and it's definitely cool to have a look at other lists and discover a ton of things I missed.

There is no way these lists are close to being definitive.  A lot of ambient releases can tend to blur from one into the next and the difference between making the list and not making it can boil down to what mood I was in when I first heard the album.  There's so much excellent music being released on a weekly basis it's impossible to keep up so this list and mix is just a bunch of stuff that I liked this past year.

Here are a few other good year in review lists:

http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2017/12/5/asip-reflection-on-2017

https://acloserlisten.com/tag/acl-2017/

https://irregularcrates.com/2017/12/12/end-of-2017-a-list-and-mix-by-harry-towell/

http://ambientmusicguide.com/best-of-year/best-albums-of-2017/

https://www.popmatters.com/best-ambient-instrumental-albums-2017-2513144740.html?page=2

https://diveintosun.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/best-albums-of-2017/

http://textura.org/archives/articles/2017top10s.htm#10ambient


My best of list is more of a best instrumental music list than just straight ambient.  The mix is mostly ambient but the list contains jazz, instrumental & ambient.  According to my Spotify data I played a lot of 36 last year so it's appropriate that he's got two albums in the top ten. I guess I'm too lazy to write up comments about all the music except to say that there's a lot of good stuff there. So take some time and hunt down these releases, you won't be disappointed. 


BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUMS 2017:
1. 36 - Tomorrow’s Explorers
2. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society
3. Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory
4. Bing and Ruth - No Home of the Mind
5. Joseph Shabason - Aytche
6. Ruven Nunez - Altar of Sunlight
7. Benoit Pioulard - Lingnin Poise and Slow Spark, Soft Spoke
8. Chuck Johnson - Balsams
9. 36 - Black Soma
10. Bibio - Phantom Brickworks
11. Dungen - Haxan(versions by Prins Thomas)
12. Vijay Iyer Sextet - Far From Over
13. Penguin Cafe - The Imperfect Sea
14. Arovane & Hior Chronic - Into My Own
15. Christopher Willits - The Art of Listening
16. Vermont - II
17. High Plains - Cinderland
18. Roedelius and Arnold Kaspar - Einfluss
19. Tonepoet - N/E/W/S
20. Halftribe - Daydreams in Low Fidelity
21. Taylor Dupree - Somi
22. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference
23. Loess - Pocosin
24. Hior Chronic - Our of the Dust
25. Tale of Use - Endless
26. Saltland - A Common Truth
27. Quatuor Ebene - Eternal Stories
28. Aware - The Book of Wind
29. Grails - Chalace Hymnal
30. The Prairie Lines - Eyes Down Slowdown


If you have a list of your own feel free to leave it in the comments. Or if you just have a favorite or two that you want to recommend please let us know in the comments.

Here's to a, musically, great 2017 & a better 2018.  Cheers!



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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    36 - Poekhali(Tomorrow's Explorers)
  • 06:33    Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Cloudface(Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society)
  • 10:25    Bing & Ruth - Scrapes(No Home Of The Mind)
  • 15:10    Bibio - Capel Celyn(phantom brickworks)
  • 20:50    Benoit Pioulard Same Time Next Year(Lignin Poise)
  • 25:10    Tonepoet - The Moment You Were Swept From My Memory(N.E.W.S.)
  • 30:00    The Prairie Lines - Calm Landing(eyes down slowdown)
  • 36:00    Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Arnold Kasar - Asco(Einfluss)
  • 40:30    Dungen - Aladdin och lampan(Haxan (versions by Prins Thomas)
  • 47:10    Vermont - Langholmen(Vermont II)
  • 50:35    Island People - Ember(Island People)
  • 55:10    Saltland - To Allow Us All To Breathe(A Common Truth)
  • 59:10    Penguin Cafe - Cantorum(The Imperfect Sea)
  • 1:06:10    High Plains - Ten Sleep(Cinderland)
  • 1:09:05   Arovane & Hior Chronik - The Return(Into My Own)
  • 1:11:35    Chuck Johnson - Labradorite(Balsams)
  • 1:16:30    Ruven Nunez - As Above, So Below(Altar of Sunlight)
  • 1:26:00    Taylor Deupree - Autumn(Somi)
  • 1:31:40    Loess - Striae(Pocosin)
  • 1:37:00    Halftribe - Aphotic(Daydreams in Low Fidelity)
  • 1:40:55    Christopher Willits - Ama(The Art of Listening)
  • 1:44:10    Aware - But God Was Not in the Storm(The Book of Wind)
  • 1:47:10    Justin Walter - 1001(Unseen Forces)
  • 1:51:45    Tale of Us - Distante(Endless)
  • 1:59:13    Hior Chronik - Cosmos(Out Of The Dust)
  • 2:02:37    36 - Black Sun(Black Soma)
  • 2:07:40    end





4 comments:

Duck said...

Thanks, I look forward to listening to this! Here's mine: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2017/12/not-necessarily-the-best-ambient-and-space-music-of-2017.html

Dave Michuda said...

Excellent list! I have a few new things to check out. Thanks & happy new year.

antdude said...

Dave,
Thanks for another year of great mixes, the guest mixes as well as yours. As usual, I discovered new artists and sounds, and my wallet discovered new places to spend money. Have a great new year.

-Dave

Dave Michuda said...

Haha! I know what you mean about these end of the year lists that end up costing us money. But I guess it's good problem to have. Too much good music. Cheers to a great 2018!