Music: Best of 2017

Cameron Jamie

1 AARON DILLOWAY, THE GAG FILE (Dais) Why do we obsess so much more over hallucinatory and mind-bending “bad trip” experiences than over good ones? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in Dilloway’s latest masterwork of auditory trips, which sends the listener through a fun-house labyrinth of sound in search of The Gag File’s punch line.

Cover of Aaron Dilloway’s The Gag File (Dais Records, 2017).

2 ALICE COLTRANE, THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA (Luaka Bop) This album collects the rare devotional ashram music that Coltrane recorded and self-released on cassettes during the 1980s and ’90s in California. Coltrane composed prayer songs and performed them with ashram singers and musicians, fusing gospel- and jazz-influenced vocals, synthesizer drones, and traditional Indian instrumentation to create ethereal, meditative music that achieves the highest degree of spiritual divinity.

Photographs of Alice Coltrane at the Ecstatic World of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda event, Red Bull Music Academy Festival, Knockdown Center, New York, May 21, 2017. Photo: Ysanya Perez.


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