2017 was a good year for me in terms of discovering new music. You might have seen this intrude upon my blogging a few times. I even started a separate blog for music–which I won’t link to because I’d prefer to keep my followers in the single digits.
I have a few highlights below the fold. And yes, this stuff is thoroughly inappropriate for Christmas.
1. Frozen – “Let it Go” (vocals 1 step out of key)
Pluffnub has a whole YouTube channel that modifies music to be out of tune, off-tempo, or otherwise butchered. I am such a fan of this channel, and all my friends and relatives have suffered. My boyfriend has asked me not to play it when he’s around.
2. Gyorgy Ligeti – “San Francisco Polyphony”
Pluffnub ruined my ears and now I like Ligeti. But seriously Ligeti has become one of my favorite classical composers. This is a rather chaotic late work. Part 2 is here.
3. Oxbow – “Letter of Note”
Shortly after becoming obsessed with Ligeti, I encountered this rock band and the Ligeti influence is so obvious (although perhaps not in this particular track).
4. Circuit Des Yeux – “Paper Bag”
Perhaps the most consonant music in this list, but I love it. It’s something that made me think, hmm, maybe I should be listening to more folk music.
5. Dead Rider – “Blank Screen”
I found this music because it was under the same record label as Circuit Des Yeux. I think this group is fairly obscure but their variety of avant garde rock is my favorite new thing.