Pitchfork's 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2017

Pitchfork's 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2017

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20. Pharmakon - Contact

Pharmakon - Contact
March 31, 2017
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Each track of the new Pharmakon LP can be heard as a violent scuffle between mind and body. Even when her visceral noise achieves moments of transcendence, it still strikes you in the gut.

19. Klein - Tommy

Klein - Tommy
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

18. Amnesia Scanner - AS TRUTH

Amnesia Scanner - AS TRUTH
February 2, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

17. L'Rain - L'Rain

L'Rain - L'Rain
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
68
1 review

16. Eluvium - Shuffle Drones

Eluvium - Shuffle Drones
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

15. Yves Tumor - Experiencing the Deposit of Faith

Yves Tumor - Experiencing the Deposit of Faith
September 13, 2017
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

This self-released compilation from Yves Tumor is more atmospheric than last year’s excellent Serpent Music. Its 12 sketches account for some of the prettiest songs Tumor has made.

14. Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Centre could be categorized as Frost’s first distinctly American record, and it’s a frightening, prophetic portrait that commands undivided attention.

13. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - On the Echoing Green

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - On the Echoing Green
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

The ambient noise artist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma moves towards shoegaze on his beautiful new record, which engenders a feeling of pure optimism.

12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers
September 22, 2017
Critic Score
76
19 reviews
It’s hard to watch Godspeed walk away from that menacing magic, no matter how skilled they are at the flip side of their sound. You want them to knock down towers, but for now, they’re building shelter amid the ruins.

11. Forest Swords - Compassion

Forest Swords - Compassion
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

While Forest Swords has always hidden hooks in his music that reveal themselves upon repeat listens, Compassion is by far his most approachable album at first pass.

10. Mhysa - fantasii

Mhysa - fantasii
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
79
2 reviews

9. Lushloss - Asking/Bearing

Lushloss - Asking/Bearing
July 28, 2017
Critic Score
85
1 review

8. Joni Void - Selfless

Joni Void - Selfless
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

7. William Basinski - A Shadow in Time

William Basinski - A Shadow in Time
January 20, 2017
Critic Score
81
14 reviews

His new album A Shadow in Time contains some of his strongest work since The Disintegration Loops introduced the world to the artist.

6. Blanck Mass - World Eater

Blanck Mass - World Eater
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

On World Eater, the coexistence of melody and belligerence, of fragility under an invincible veneer, speak to the constructive and destructive capabilities of man. Power is completely honest about which instinct is winning right now.

5. Gas - Narkopop

Gas - Narkopop
April 21, 2017
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

After 17 years, Wolfgang Voigt returns to his GAS moniker with a new album of unsettling and symphonic ambient music that has become deeper, richer, and more luxurious.

4. Ryuichi Sakamoto - async

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

The Japanese composer's first solo album after eight years and a battle with throat cancer is marvelous, using a bounty of textures, moods, and ambience from his esteemed four-decade-long career.

3. Various Artists - Mono No Aware

Various Artists - Mono No Aware
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

Mono No Aware collects new ambient music that reflects our present moment. Each piece of the 80-minute compilation has its own unique identity, yet together it feels like the work of one mind.

2. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Her latest record The Kid stands apart as her most immediate and accessible yet.

1. Arca - Arca

Arca - Arca
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

The more Alejandro Ghersi gives of himself, the larger his music as Arca grows. His latest feels both intimate and expansive, a connection between his melodic past and a chaotic future.

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