What a year 2017 has been. Full of surprises, good ones and bad. Political crises, disasters natural and manmade, unrest and famine galore, and the growing unease over this earth’s future. But who said it all has to be bad news? The new iPhone X is out; Star Wars: The Last Jedi is breaking records in the box office; and the next-gen Tesla Roadster has been unveiled last November. It’s not only film and tech buffs that are having a feast this year, cause we’ve also got some hard-hitting songs both from newcomers and familiar names this year. Here, in no particular order:
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite
Yes, that cult art rock band from New York City that supposedly ‘broke up’ in 2011. Barely 6 years after their sold-out finale at the Madison Square Garden, James Murphy and Co. are back at it again with the release of American Dream earlier this year. This one has got us hooked, with that early-80s rhythm, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, and even small touches like that cowbell and the references to age and fame.
London Grammar – Oh Man
Four years after their 2013 debut, the Nottingham trio have adopted a more mature sound in their sophomore album Truth Is a Beautiful Thing. With those silky smooth vocals and that introspective melody, this song takes us away from the stresses of the year. We’re awaiting to see what they’d come up next.
Phoenix – Goodbye Soleil
It took four years for hear something from them, but the wait was worth it. The French quartet from Versailles have gone all Italian on their album Ti Amo. Goodbye Soleil, with that groovy disco feel, that analogue synth sound, and that sumptuous bass within the song, is already swimming in our heads. How appropriate that they got this out during the summer holidays.
Foo Fighters – The Sky Is a Neighborhood
Just two years since their last release, Concrete and Gold have shown that Dave Grohl and the squad are not slowing down anytime soon. In this one, they’ve managed to blend that crafty energy and that inspiring narrative about destiny and division. It’ll be fantastic to hear what else they’ve got in store.
Stars – Alone
We haven’t heard much from them since No One Is Lost in 2014, but the Montreal veterans have returned with the surprise announcement of There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light. There’s love to be found all around the album, though in this track it’s more of a grown-up, observant and lively kind of love. Here’s hoping for more from these guys, because they’re just too lovable and heartwarming.
Paramore – Hard Times
Nothing But Thieves – Amsterdam
Mogwai – Party In the Dark