(I know it’s 2018 get off my back)
I’m sure you’re expecting me to give you a list of all my favorite albums of 2017. To talk about the ones that I cried to, the ones that I danced to, the ones that I put on in the early hours when the night was over but I wasn’t ready to let go. But I don’t really want to do that.
I only really want to talk about one.
Most of the time music acts as a filter over our lives; something we put on in the background to enhance our experiences and bring out the emotion in the everyday. But sometimes it does more than this. Sometimes it captures a part of you so perfectly that it shapes how you see yourself and who you want to be. For me, I feel like my 2017 would have been very different if it hadn’t been for one particular album: Sylvan Esso’s What Now. Because of it – its urgency, its youthfulness – I was emboldened to choose a life more vivid, more beautiful. In many ways this album led me into a relationship that could have easily passed me by in another life and for that I am forever grateful.
Given this, I think if I talked about other albums I’ve loved this year it would almost be dishonest; acting as if somehow they all meant the same to me, all played an equal role in my year. This is why, instead, I have asked a couple of my friends (as well as the person I shared this experience with) to talk about their most significant album from this year and how its affected them. I hope that this inspires you to look for more in the music you listen to and to think about the artists that have made you into the person that you are today and the one that you will be by the time New Years Eve rolls around again. Here’s to 2018.
P.S. Each review is accompanied by my own version of the album art, in part to represent the unique experience each one of us has with the music we listen to, but also because it was fun. Enjoy!
-- Freddie Martin, January 5, 2018