The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Spirit Valley
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: Spirit Valley
When: August 2017
Where: Fuzz Club
Why: There's a brutality to the form of Spirit Valley's brand of psych rock. It's a sound that owes much to krautrock and post-punk; indeed, towering walls of ruthless, expansive clamor are abundant on Negatives. And yet, despite all the bruising, there's a sense of grace to these songs, a refinement bordering on the reverential. The Amsterdam duo isn't just being noisy for the sake of being noisy, after all.