I’m starting to get back on the horse tracking stuff that was important to me culturally, because everything gets lost in a bit of a haze otherwise. To be included in a Shit That Was Big In My Books list, I have to have really discovered or had something become tremendously important to me in 2017. Here’s the music side of that:
Sorority Noise – Their Entire Discography
This is the heart of my 2017. Cameron Boucher’s lyrics are beautiful and his vocal performances are like a punch to the gut. I don’t think I can articulate how much their music means to me. “I’m not trying to say it’s easy / But I’m trying to say it’s fine” is absolutely something we need to say, to ourselves and to each other, as we try to hang in and make things a little less shitty.
Julienne Baker – Ditto
2017 is the year I got really into modern emo, like fully embraced my destiny as emo trash. Julienne Baker sounds like I’ve felt at my worst, but with the crucial addition of hope. In Claws in My Back there’s a section at the end where, instead of railing against it, she sings to God of her mental illness: “I think I can love / the sickness you made”. What a beautiful thought. Her and Cameron Boucher of Sorority Noise are absolutely some of my favourite musicians of all time, and I’ve discovered them this year, which is rad as hell.
Aldous Harding – Party
Look at this dramatic goth ass nerd. What a good nerd who makes good sounds. Friggin Joanna Newsome ish weirdo, look at you.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
I put this off for a million years AND IM SORRY OKAY YOU WERE ALL RIGHT THIS IS FUN AS HELL IT’S A PURE SUGAR HIGH
I already though Sheer Mag was fun to listen to, with their whole socially conscious classic rock AC/DC-ass vibe, and then I saw that the lead singer Tina Halliday kinda looked like me and I fell whole heartedly in love with them because you never see cool big chicks fronting rock bands (Beth Ditto i also lu i just like Sheer Mag’s music more).
The Mountain Goats – Goths
I stan for the Mountain Goats and was a high school goth of course this is on here.
Honourable mention because in all likelihood it would be on here but I haven’t listened to it yet: Perfume Genius’s latest