The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Grooms
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.
What: Exit Index
When: October 2017
Where: Western Vinyl
Why: Listening to the wonderfulness that is Exit Index just makes me smile. This "pretty noise" really is just that - an album full of fantastic, beauteous noise. If you've been listening to Grooms for a while that sentiment won't come as a surprise, but just how great this record is might. Intricately layered, the songs on Exit Index are as thoughtful as they are clamorous, indefinable entanglements that are anything but straightforward.