50 Favorite Albums, 2017

This list is [mostly] a reflection of music I’ve found to consistent over hundreds of listens, and less an outpouring of my current shifting tastes. Starting with the best:

  1. Steve Roach – Dreamtime Return
  2. Tu M’ – Monochromes Vol. 1
  3. Alio Die – Leaves Net
  4. Gas – Pop
  5. Troum & All Sides – Shutûn
  6. Steve Roach – Structures From Silence
  7. Stars of the Lid – The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
  8. Robert Rich – Somnium
  9. cLOUDDEAD – cLOUDDEAD
  10. Virginia Astley – From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
  11. Alio Die – Aura Seminalis
  12. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
  13. Deathprod – Morals and Dogma
  14. Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  15. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  16. Can – Tago Mago
  17. Earth – Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version
  18. Gas – Narkopop
  19. William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops IV
  20. Celer – Continents
  21. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
  22. Woob – Woob 1194
  23. Doldrums – Acupuncture
  24. Aphrodite’s Child – 666
  25. Extra Life – Secular Works
  26. Harold Budd & Brian Eno – The Pearl
  27. Black Tape For a Blue Girl – Remnants of a Deeper Purity
  28. Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster & Panaiotis – Deep Listening
  29. Tortoise – TNT
  30. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  31. Tetsu Inoue – Organic Cloud
  32. Popol Vuh – In den Garten Pharaos
  33. Jakob – Solace
  34. Christ. – Blue Shift Emissions
  35. Gong – The Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 1)
  36. Jeff Buckley – Grace
  37. midori takada – Through the Looking Glass
  38. Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer
  39. The Spoils of War – The Spoils of War
  40. Michael Stearns – Planetary Unfolding
  41. Time Machines – Time Machines
  42. Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  43. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F# A# (Infinity)
  44. Gas – Zauberberg
  45. Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
  46. Gianmarco Liguori – Duga-3
  47. Maeror Tri – Myein
  48. Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway
  49. Birchville Cat Motel – Beautiful Speck Triumph
  50. Neurosis – Through Silver and Blood