Episode 31 of Philosophy of the World is closing out 2017 with our best albums of the year. Reflecting back, it’s easy to see how diverse and multifaceted the music world has become. There are endless pockets of micro-communities doing their own thing. With the rise of internet music journalism we naively thought it would result in an increased democratization of music consumption with the underground weirdos pushing aural boundaries gaining newfound prominence. Underground culture still remains underground, but that’s not to say it’s not still going strong. We want to embrace, celebrate and invest in the weird, the underground, the do-it-yourselfers, and the outsiders. So, celebrate the phenomenal music of 2017 with us as we listen to a wide array of sounds ranging from a perfect blend of new age and spiritual jazz from Carlos Nino & Friends, to the abstract and tripped-out hip-hop of Milo, to the meditative bliss of Deradoorian, and to the hyper-modern sound design of Visible Cloaks. Let’s dig into the best of 2017.


10. Rose Elinor Dougall – “Colour of Water” from Stellular

9. King Krule – “Dum Surfer” from The OOZ

8. Deradoorian – “Nia in the Dark” from Eternal Recurrence

7. Circuit des Yeux – “Paper Bag” from Reaching for Indigo

6. Visible Cloaks – “Bloodstream” from Reassemblage

5. Julie Byrne – “Natural Blue” from Not Even Happiness

4. Milo – “Magician (Suture)” from Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!?!

3. Carlos Nino & Friends – “Light-Codes” from Going Home

2. The Necks – “Rise” excerpt from Unfold

1. Bitchin Bajas – “Circles on Circles” from Bajas Fresh


Honorable Mentions

Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Children of Alice – Children of Alice

Chino Amobi – PARADISO

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

Ex Eye – Ex Eye

Greg Fox – The Gradual Progression

Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)

Chuck Johnson – Balsams

Kiefer – Kickinit Alone

Man Forever – Play What They Want

Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Find Me Finding You

X.Y.R. – Labyrinth


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