The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: L.A. Witch

It’s been a hell of a year. 2017 was exhausting, stressful, and at times just plain terrifying. But for all the mess that’s happened over the past 12 months, and there’s certainly been so much, there’s also been a lot of good going on in the world. From a musical standpoint, for instance, 2017 was rather exceptional. There were so many glorious new sounds to take in.

I’ve put together my list of favorites from the year that was, a touch fashionably late as always. Once again, I’ve decided to eschew a ranking system and instead give you an alphabetical look at the records I fell for this year. There’s some names here that will come as no surprise to anyone, and perhaps a few that might surprise you. These are simply my favorites from 2017, the albums I went back to again and again, the albums that I swooned over. So, without further exposition, here’s my list. I think you’ll find you can get your kicks from any and all of the 66 records I’ve chosen, and I truly hope you’ll find some treasures to cherish, as I cherish each and every record here. Many, many thanks to the artists who put out this fantastic music, their sounds helped make 2017 bearable.

Who: L.A. Witch

What: L.A. Witch

When: September 2017

Where: Suicide Squeeze

Why: L.A. Witch's self-titled debut record is the sonic equivalent of the black-clad, chain-smoking, class-skipping cool chicks your mother warned you about back in high school. This peach of an album is filled with all the hazy, full-throttle fuzz you could ask for. It's a clutch of nine siren songs that have absolutely no intention of letting you go. From the velvet vice grip of songs like "Baby in Blue Jeans" to the snarling, spell-casting shock in the vein of "Kill My Baby Tonight," this is a record you won't want to stop listening to.      

[posted 2.13.18]


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