2017 Breakthrough Albums of the Year
2017 Breakthrough Albums of the Year
- Genre : More Music
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Mon, 19 Feb 2018
The thrill of discovery is an essential part of being a music fan. Is there anything better than being blown away by music from an artist whose existence was completely unknown to you just moments before? Whether that moment occurs online, on the road or on a stage, it's power is absolute and its joy is unabated.
With the shift in music consumption habits and platforms over the past couple of years, the entirety of music has never been more accessible, and so newer artists are no longer just battling their contemporaries for the attention of an audience, but lining up to take on the entire history of music so far.
Even with those long initial odds, the following ten artists have released records that demand attention, so we encourage you all to stream, purchase, download or go see them live in a town near you — the promise of the music to come lies firmly, and safely in their hands.
Welcome to the ARTISTdirect Top Ten Breakthrough Albums of 2017
10. Bully — Losing
If you love the Pixies, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Belly, then Bully are the new band for you. Hailing from Nashville, sounding Seattle and feeling Minnesota, this four-piece grunge-infused rock team is led by 27-year-old Alicia Bognanno, a former intern at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. But enough of background, Losing is an amazing record, more than able to stand (and stomp and jump) on it's own merits. Once the student, now the master Alicia returned to the Chicago to record and produce herself this second album of driving guitars paired with vocals ranging from a whisper to a scream. Unfailing honest, and powerfully cathartic on record, Bully have now signed to Sub Pop, refined their sound and created a worthy new piece of the label's legendary musical legacy.
9. Stormzy — Gang Signs & Prayer
Developing from equal parts hip hop, dancehall, ragga and electronic music, the British genre of Grime has been enveloping more and more aspects of popular culture beyond the UK as the past decade has progressed. Here in 2017, Stormzy has emerged as a new leader of the scene (joining an older generation of MCs like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley & Skepta and contemporaries like Giggs) via bars packed tight with humor, logic and strong sense of morals and values. A gritty sound is a defining characteristic of grime, but with Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy pushes the boundaries of what the genre can be and become, sprawling like his native London across elements of trap, pop, R&B and even gospel. Man is hot, very hot.
8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard — Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, Sketches of Brunswick East, Polygondwanaland and ????
No round-up of breakthrough artists in 2017 could be complete without mention of this Australian psychedelic garage rock group formed in Melbourne back at the start of the decade. After releasing 7 well-regarded indie albums over the course of their first 6 years together, they announced plans at the start of 2017 to release no less than 5 new albums in 12 months, a number that many acts would consider a pretty good career total. As the year progressed, it became clear that this was no idle boast, or dashed out musical drafts, each record has been worthy of time and attention — a set which hangs together beautiful as a far-flung adventure in sound. That album number 4 can be downloaded for free from the King Gizzard website makes it an ideal starting point for the uninitiated, but fans of progressive, experimental jams and power rock can use that home from which to debate a favorite between the 5 albums of 2017 (including one last entry still to come in the year's last week).
7. Dua Lipa — Dua Lipa