Oxbow

Best of 2017: Top Six Albums

I managed to not publish anything to this blog in 2017. That’s an odd achievement that I’m not proud of. The truth is that within the past 12 months I’ve written literally thousands upon thousands of words that I didn’t publish. There are many reasons, but primarily, I lost faith in the idea that my writing was really reaching out to anyone. Why publish something effectively no-one will read? In today’s dissolving world, what use are my words? They’re buried in noise, subsumed in an endless sea of arbitrary distractions.

Okay, so that’s not really a great way to start of a post about my favourite music from 2017. But a little context goes a long way, and on that front it’s worth mentioning that in 2017, podcasts have squeezed music out of my everyday life. And I was catching up on a lot of music from 2016 (ATCQ, RTJ, De La, etc.)

For those reasons, and others, I’ve opted to keep this list to six albums I enjoyed this year. No rankings – although Oxbow would take the top spot for sure. So join me, won’t you?

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EU Referendum

Well, not much to say. I’ve been watching from Christchurch, New Zealand. All the votes are now in. It’s over, and we’re out. Very mixed feelings. As much as this was a vote for the UK to leave the EU, it may also have been a proxy vote for Scotland to leave the UK, and perhaps Northern Ireland […]

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Playlist (Jun 3rd 2016)

Yeah I know, I’m five months behind on the travel reports. I’ll get back to those shortly. In the meantime, here’s something I’m sure you care about just as much – what I’ve been listening to over the month or so. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool Death Grips – Bottomless Pit John Grant  – Pale Green […]

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