While there weren’t any gargantuan releases that stood head and shoulders above the rest this week, there were a few that offered a healthy escape from the normal! The albums below may not land on many year’s end lists, but they’re all notable for being a sonically-distinct entry into 2017’s music library.
If you dig: Boards of Canada
Drownscapes – Locust Toybox
Released just before Halloween by the creator of Salad Fingers, Drownscapes is a much less unsettling affair than I expected. It’s actually a quite beautiful and meditative album that swims in the same emotive stream as a Boards of Canada record.
Like the best ambient music, it is as ignorable as it is interesting. Drownscapes submerges the world around you in its atmosphere, while still leaving room to breathe.
If you dig: Disclosure
EP2 – Yaeji
Yaeji’s debut earlier this year was an earworm-rich EP that introduced us to a budding superstar. EP 2 just goes to emphasizing what we already know—Kathy Yaeji Lee is an incredibly gifted artist and she will only continue to get better.
Effortlessly blending house and hip-hip, English and Korean, the New Yorker shuffles through the nightclub barriers and invites us along with her to the dancefloor.
If you dig: Major Lazer
Superlative Fatigue – Errorsmith
Despite its name, Superlative Fatigue is a hyperactive record pumping out a manic bouncing-off-the-walls energy. I won’t pretend to know much about dancehall, but the first time I ever encountered it was on Major Lazer’s debut back in 2009 and many of Errorsmith’s beats would’ve sounded right at home among Diplo’s Jamaican ensemble.