The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Guiding Light
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: Guiding Light
What: Guide The Lightning
When: June 2017
Where: Eggs In Aspic (initial cassette release)
Why: Guide The Lightning is a thing of beauty. The debut effort from this musical partnership of Jason Russo and Chuck Davis was borne out of a roadtrip all across this wacky nation, and the subsequent collection of songs paints a fractured, gorgeous picture. The duo's girl-boy vocals fit each other like a glove, and their weird and wonderful cosmic Americana is nigh on magnificent.