Best album from the 2017 ILM EOY album poll that received only ONE top 3 weighted vote

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These records needed a friend. Fortunately, one of you took them in, loved them with all your heart, and placed them near the top of your ballot. Now they all can get some much needed attention.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Melkbelly - Nothing Valley (1st) 5
Yaeji - ep1 (3rd) 4
Pierre Kwenders - MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time (1st) 4
Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces (2nd) 4
Matt Jencik - Weird Times (1st) 3
Palehound - A Place I'll Always Go (3rd) 3
The Horrors - V (3rd) 3
Orchestra Baobab - Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (3rd) 3
The New Year - Snow (3rd) 2
James Elkington - Wintres Woma (3rd) 2
Ria Hall - Rules Of Engagement (2nd) 2
Alexis Taylor - Listen With Piano (1st) 2
Olamide - Lagos Nawa! (Wobey Sound) (1st) 2
Daphni - joli mai (2nd) 2
Christopher Willits - Horizon (2nd) 2
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield - Hudson (1st) 2
Eyvind Kang - Plainlight (1st) 1
Cabo Boing - Blob On A Grid (1st) 1
People Like You - Verse (3rd) 1
DJ Haus - Defected Presents DJ Haus In The House (3rd) 1
Alison Moyet - Other (2nd) 1
Imajinary Friends - The Imajinary Friends (2nd) 1
Tony Allen - The Source (1st) 1
IT IT - Formal Odors (2nd) 0
WWWINGS - A+G (3rd) 0
The Fun Years - Heroes of the Second Story Walk-Up (3rd) 0
Ross From Friends - You'll Understand (3rd) 0
New Dawn - The Dying Light (3rd) 0
Miranda Lee Richards - Existential Beasts (3rd) 0
Daphni - Fabriclive 93 (3rd) 0
Rez Abbasi - Unfiltered Universe (2nd) 0


octobeard, Friday, 2 February 2018 05:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pierre Kwenders

I almost voted for it myself. If the poll had taken place last fall, it might have been in my top 10.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 February 2018 05:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wow @ Melkbelly ;_;

the man from P.O.R.L.O.C.K. (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 2 February 2018 17:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mary lattimore

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 2 February 2018 17:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, nobody who said they liked it on my Melkbelly thread voted for it. Oh well.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 2 February 2018 17:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Eyvind Kang, innit.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 2 February 2018 17:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

I wanna hear the Eyvind album.

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 2 February 2018 18:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

I always think I'm going to really like Eyvind Kang, but it never takes. He seems like someone I should like a lot.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 2 February 2018 18:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm a bit of a dilettante tbh - like his big desert music best of all.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 2 February 2018 18:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

well thanks to saer i only have my number 1 and 2 here :) (cabo boing and it it)
will try check as many out of the others over this weekend

nxd, Friday, 2 February 2018 19:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

The New Year album is so perfect. I don't understand nobody else loves it. What a flow. By far the best album the Kadane Brothers have ever released.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

Christopher Willits because that was my vote. Absolutely transcendent.

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ha, deJohnette et al and Abbasi were my #1 and #2. The former will probably get my vote but I will listen to the Christopher Willits first.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

the Narrow Garden by Eyvind Kang is spellbinding. The last track is the go to

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Huh, I saw People Like You in a semi-converted mill in Manchester, NH a year or two ago, I didn't realize they had a full length or that people outside of the New England poetry scene had heard of them.

airdnb (Tom Violence), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Surprised that the Johnette et al. did not get more votes. That's a very solid ecmish jazz album.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

Melkbelly

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

LISTENING LINKS ... plus vague descriptions from bandcamp or various people on the internet, sorry if rong

Alexis Taylor - Listen With Piano - pop ambient piano London Hot Chip front man

Alison Moyet - Other - pop legend and relentless explorer

Cabo Boing - Blob On A Grid - experimental electronic pop New York yellow cassette

Christopher Willits - Horizon - best experienced on: 1. Normal headphones 2. Within an Envelop listening space 3. A DIY Ambisonic system (minimum of 4 speakers)

Daphni - Fabriclive 93 - aka Caribou aka Dan Snaith aka I dunno

Daphni - joli mai - electronic London

Eyvind Kang - Plainlight - (Only previews online?) brilliant composer and multi-instrumentalist

IT IT - Formal Odors - experimental barf rock experimental pop soundscape

Imajinary Friends - The Imajinary Friends - cosmic rock telescopes the brian jonestown massacre tipsy

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield - Hudson - jazz jam band jazz New York

Mary Lattimore - Collected Pieces - ambient harp Los Angeles

DJ Haus - Defected Presents DJ Haus In The House - a colourful array of raw and jacking sounds

James Elkington - Wintres Woma - “It’s not folk music,” he asserts.

Matt Jencik - Weird Times - electronic drone ambient metal shoegaze Chicago

Melkbelly - Nothing Valley - noise rock chicago

[url=https://mirandaleerichards.bandcamp.com/album/existential-beast]Miranda Lee Richards - Existential Beasts - folk rock chamber psychedelic

sbahnhof, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Miranda Lee Richards <- there

New Dawn - The Dying Light - contemporary dark ambient drone strings synth Christchurch

Olamide - Lagos Nawa! (Wobey Sound) - Nigeria's most sort after serial hit maker

Orchestra Baobab - Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng - West Africa’s most iconic dance-band are back

Palehound - A Place I'll Always Go - alternative lol dog rock

People Like You - Verse - jazz punk emo indie

Pierre Kwenders - MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time - afrobeat afrofuturism

Rez Abbasi - Unfiltered Universe - infused with the various, colorful strands of traditional music from his Pakistani/Indian homeland

Ria Hall - Rules Of Engagement - maori pacific r&b reggae roots soul

Ross From Friends - You'll Understand - chicago detroit deep house London

The Fun Years - Heroes of the Second Story Walk-Up - dim and moody fits of blurred post-rock

The Horrors - V - an attempt to reconnect with the “unsettling” spirit of their garage-rock roots

The New Year - Snow - overseas rock bedhead kadane Texas

Tony Allen - The Source - hybrid album of jazz and Afrobeat, long-time Fela Kuti drummer

WWWINGS - A+G - electronic Russia

Yaeji - ep1 - "Shit is crazy"

sbahnhof, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

wow thanks thats awesome!

nxd, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol at barf rock

nxd, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Is there one of these for tracks? Can't see it!

saer, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was the #1 vote for the Pierre Kwenders album. I'm glad to see someone else on ILM liked this one, JF!
If you're curious, the Pitchfork review is quite good: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/pierre-kwenders-makanda-at-the-end-of-space-the-beginning-of-time/

rob, Friday, 2 February 2018 20:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

yeh tracks would be cool too

nxd, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

thought about it

nashwan, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mary lattimore

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, February 2, 2018 7:52 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

davey, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

Two of those - Matt Jencik and the Fun Years - were in my top 3. They’re both great.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 2 February 2018 21:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

whoa, thanks sbahnhof for the links!!!

octobeard, Friday, 2 February 2018 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

yes, very nice to have them!

Dan S, Friday, 2 February 2018 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

Two that I voted for – Ria Hall, and New Dawn, they are good. My albums No 1 by Noga Erez, 2017 WTF Is Going On, narrowly missed out on this thread... Did anyone get a hat-trick?

Fun fact: New Dawn took their name and track titles from a strange magazine which they don't endorse

https://www.newdawnmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Cover138.jpg

sbahnhof, Saturday, 3 February 2018 02:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

The DeJohnette et al album contains a lot of interpretations of 60s Woodstock-era rock and folk songs. Scofield and Medeski really branch out in improvisation but they always come back to the tunes. Just really beautiful playing and recording and a great live show.

The Rez Abbasi is complex but tuneful virtuosic guitar-led fusion (jazz-rock as well as jazz-Carnatic). Rudresh Mahanthappa is on sax, Vijay Iyer on keyboards. One of the most, if not maybe the most, important guitar albums of the year for me.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 February 2018 02:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

oooh

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Saturday, 3 February 2018 03:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

Christopher Willits - Horizon - best experienced on: 1. Normal headphones 2. Within an Envelop listening space 3. A DIY Ambisonic system (minimum of 4 speakers)

OK, I've managed to get 1 and 3 ready so far, but 2 is gonna be tough. Apparently my nearest listening space is in Buenos Aires.

Thank god Cabo Boing's Blob On a Grid didn't come with all these preconditions...

sbahnhof, Sunday, 4 February 2018 07:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

:D

nxd, Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

i had no idea about those listening suggestions, I just listen on headphones/a stereo/in my car and it sounds great

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Sunday, 4 February 2018 13:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

I have listened to some of those. Besided the New Year, the Elkington album sticks out. This guy is not only a guitar virtuoso, he has also great, slightly bent tunes. There is something special about them. It may also have to do with his guitar sound. His voice is not phantastic but somehow i got used to it, it does not bother me anymore. There are so many guitar players with voices which are acquired tastes, kottke for example.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

Meanwhile Mary Lattimore's Collected Pieces delivers the harp and wah-wah sound, or harp-wahp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW7dJl8Ww9M

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 08:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Going with Olamide because it's the only one of these i've heard and enjoyed, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Matt Jencik, maker of lovely, ultra-accessible drones.

alpine static, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

If I had heard the DJ Haus one two weeks earlier I would have voted for it. Defected usually do compilations of house vocal crossovers and deep tech but this is something else entirely - just a really fun ecstatic mix of bangers. It touches on loads of styles thay have made 2017 such a good yeaf for bobbins - lo-fi house, speed garage bass, the filtered disco revival, plenty of acid. A lot of rhe stuff in the bobbins thread can feel serious but this is so much fun and I love the way DJ Haus mixes - chunky and anthemic, you can picture him peering out over the desk smiling at the crowd reactions as he brings in a bold riff or breakdown.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 11:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp Just heard the Matt Jencik album, it's a really nice one

sbahnhof, Thursday, 8 February 2018 07:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Melkbelly - Nothing Valley - most exciting one I've heard so far! Wise use of 2½-minute songs, the band aptly compared to Kim Deal and Kristin Hersh.

Liked the Palehound, Orchestra Baobab and Olamide too.

Miranda Lee Richards' Existential Beasts is surprisingly easy listening – she reminds me a lot of Bic Runga, in that intelligent understated style of songwriting.

And getting your lyrics to make a shape is quite cool:

In all that ever was
In all that’s ever been
An unveiling of eternity
Accountability and honor
The polarization of words
Intuition versus experience
The randomness of perfection
Beyond the fear of the unknown
Your presents within your presence
Your will and the highest will manifest
Spanning the bridges of time and space
That visceral sense of wonder and magic
Summoning the spirit and all that it means
To find joy and fascination in what you are creating
You are free, and you have always been free to choose again
Is there such thing as integration of heart and mind, conscious and subconscious?
Do you view right and wrong in terms of absolutes?
Why does the voice of the heart reign supreme?
Have you learned to love unconditionally?
Do you let your higher self be your guide?
Are you able to give AND receive?
Do you embrace the unexpected?
Is morality subjective or sacred?
Why do you want those things?
Where does darkness reside?
What is your true desire?
What are you creating?
Why are you here?
OM
OM
BREAK FREE!

(On the track "Golden Gate",
https://mirandaleerichards.bandcamp.com/track/golden-gate)

sbahnhof, Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

New Dawn and The Fun Years' albums are alike in a way - they both have a particular ambient atmosphere, broken up by one track that is a total banger. What a good trick.

<3 Tony Allen's The Source, a fantastic jazz album. ILM has a thread about him from the old days.

sbahnhof, Sunday, 11 February 2018 07:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was the sole voter for the Olamide album - for which Young John, beatmaker and producer extraordinaire, deserves equal billing. Even if you feel it’s not your cup of tea, you owe it to yourself to at least listen to “Saysaymaley”. So good! One of my musical highlights of 2017, purely for the backing vocals alone.

https://youtu.be/HEmP0Xh3hl4

…and you can dance to it too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt_CAAzHzoo

breastcrawl, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tony Allen - The Source was mine. I'd always had him down as worthy-but-dull, but this sizzles. Try "Wolf Eats Wolf".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCBpJkG6ngE

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Got to stan for the Alison Moyet album. I hate to go down the best thing since Scary Monsters road, but I think it's her best solo work.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was the sole voter for the Olamide album - for which Young John, beatmaker and producer extraordinaire, deserves equal billing. Even if you feel it’s not your cup of tea, you owe it to yourself to at least listen to “Saysaymaley”. So good! One of my musical highlights of 2017, purely for the backing vocals alone.

― breastcrawl, Monday, February 12, 2018 7:52 PM (three days ago)

Hadn't realised it was a Young John the Wicked Producer joint - will have to take a closer listen! Had glanced at some Nigerian reviews that were a bit sniffy so didn't investigate further at the time.

Been spending more time with the Ria Hall album - sbahnhof, did you read this interview with Tomorrow People? Sort've wished the interview had teased out things re, say, their popularity vs Ria Hall's rather than putting all NZ reggae / Aotearoa roots / dub / whatevs stuff in the same basket. Still, nice that their latest single is in Samoan and Te Reo.

etc, Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

but more importantly whats the best album from the ilm poll 'Best album from the 2017 ILM EOY album poll that received only ONE top 3 weighted vote' that only received ONE vote?

nxd, Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

Blob On A Grid wuz blobbed

And, Yaeji didn't win an ILM poll?! Unbelievable.

(She's the sound of 2018 not 2017)

this interview

will look!

sbahnhof, Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thanks, other person who voted for Hudson.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:25 (eight months ago) Permalink


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