Three tracks that defined my year in 2017.
Big Thief, “Shark Smile”
Ah, the sound of this track makes me move, makes me tear up. This is my music. “And she said woo, baby, take me. And I said woo, baby, take me too.”
The live performance on KCRW is worth checking out, though the mix is poor.
Kelly Lee Owens, “8”
Epiphany jetting up into the sunrise south out of Whitehorse. “See it, oh.” The video below is the whole album, which is great; the individual track is available on Bandcamp.
Aldous Harding, “Horizon”
“Say again, this place.”
The live performance on KEXP is worth watching.
I didn’t realize until I was done choosing that they’re all female artists. Some of the other candidates were perhaps too obvious, and not because they’re mostly men: “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” by the National; “I Ain’t the One” by Spoon (saw an incredible live performance of this song in September at Malkin Bowl); “Soak” by Zola Jesus; “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar.