Music you missed in 2017


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LCD Soundsystem performs at the Lowlands Festival

Sam Levin, Blogger

2017 was a big year for musicians and artists that you probably haven’t heard of. While the music on the radio certainly evolved throughout the hectic and unforgiving year, there were some new releases behind the giant mainstream curtain that I think will make you actually feel things, and if you’re reading this you must be up for anything, so maybe have a listen to some of these. Trust me, they’re good.

1.Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister

This massive collaboration between 4 brilliant minds is something that I think everyone needs to experience. It’s been decided that the best way to listen to this is to go outside at night and lay in the grass looking up at the stars, but considering the weather outside, you might just want to turn your lights off and really just listen. Featuring a wide array of synths, a massive orchestra, and Sufjan’s voice being warped and changed in amazing ways, this is something that you need in your life.

2. American Dream by LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem has never failed to make me smile, cry, or dance. All of their music has so much energy and heart in it that I can’t actually a name a single song of theirs that I dislike. In 2011, the band announced that they would be splitting up. This was disappointing to discover in 2014 when I first started listening to their music, but suddenly in 2017 they started playing shows again, and some new songs surfaced and found their way into an album. American Dream is such a blast to listen to, and every song is new and exciting. If you want a quick trip to the 80s, check this one out.

3. Just For Us by Francis and the Lights

Francis and the Lights has always been a huge inspiration. First of all, it’s important to recognize that this is actually just one guy and not a band. Just For Us is 10 songs, but it comes in at 26 minutes, so it’s quick and will make you feel so many things. After becoming acquainted with the songs, one by one each one will become your favorite. In every song, the lyrics are deep and meaningful, and the beats and synth parts are addicting and contagious. You WILL dance. This is another must-have of the year.


If you actually check any of these songs out, come talk to me about it! I love talking about music (if you can’t tell) and I’d love to hear your thoughts.