It’s that time of year! The Best of 2017 lists are rolling out left & right and we are unbelievably jazzed that Jay Som‘s Everybody Works was just named Paste‘s NUMBER ONE album of 2017!!! (cue airhorn)
Also making the cut on their The 50 Best Albums of 2017 are Alvvays coming in hot at #7 and White Reaper at #14!! Hot dog, that’s awesome! Check out some choice commentary below & secure your own copies of these three bangers from our E-Store.
#1 Jay Som – Everybody Works:
“Duterte plays all the instruments on Everybody Works, including some of the coolest psychedelic guitar solos recorded this decade, sometimes hidden within layers of jazzy, fuzzy counter-melody. It’s both informal and intricate, carefully constructed then filtered through crappy speakers, like listening to Sun Kil Moon or Sufjan Stevens through a cell phone with someone you love on the other end. The result feels personal and vulnerable and, above all, beautiful. And it’s our favorite album of 2017.”
#7 Alvvays – Antisocialites:
“By adding a warm synth sheen for their sophomore release, the Toronto-based quintet manage to make their jangly guitars seem even lusher. They’ve achieved what every band strives for on a sophomore album but most fail to do—namely, strike the middle ground between making the same record twice, and wanting to evolve and change their sound.”
#14 White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band:
“The World’s Best American Band, this Kentucky group’s devilishly catchy second full-length, opens with the roar of an approving crowd. It is not a live album, and this sounds like a large audience packed into an amphitheater, the sort of venue White Reaper might be headlining in a more excellent world. On the album, White Reaper manage to distill all the strut and swagger of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” into a pithy, 10-song set.”