The Fashionably Late Top 66 of 2017: Methyl Ethel
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: Methyl Ethel
What: Everything is Forgotten
When: March 2017
Why: Oh sure, we all know that Australia is basically a hotbed of psychedelic noise these days. And it's not that Methyl Ethel isn't a psychedelic band. It's just that with the excellent Everything is Forgotten, they've colored outside the blurred lines more than a little, nudging themselves into some artsy psych pop territory. These are songs that transform as they transfix, but also can elicit a bit of a shimmy as they take you for a ride. Take for example "Ubu," the catchy in an unholy infectious way nugget with the chorus "Why'd you have to go and cut your hair/why'd you cut your hair." It's kooky, it's a little spooky, and you bet your bottom dollar you can cut a rug to it. Which is something that applies to a great deal of this album. I should also mention that "Ubu" is probably one of my most listened-to songs of all of 2017. There's an 80s-esque gloss that coats these songs, that masking of darker themes behind an appealing accessibility. I truly love this record.