HearQueer's Top 5 Albums of 2017 So Far

 

 
2017, Polyvinyl Record Co.

2017, Polyvinyl Record Co.

Everybody Works / Jay Som

Jay Som's sophomore LP is a dreamy collection of synth-pop tunes that burrow into your subconscious after a listen or two. Melina Duterte's soft vocals replicate intimacy over restless guitar hooks. 

Best consumed on vinyl at dusk, with all the windows and doors open in your apartment. 

 
2017, RCA Records.

2017, RCA Records.

About U / MUNA

MUNA abruptly jumped into the spotlight with their debut album, About U. The trio are unapologetic in their delivery of the 12 emotional and raw indie-dance-pop tracks that ring with inclusiveness and honesty.

Best consumed from midnight to sunrise. 

 
2017, Don Giovanni Records.

2017, Don Giovanni Records.

Silver Haze / Aye Nako

"Particle Mace," the seventh track on Aye Nako's Silver Haze, is easily one of the top tracks of the year so far. The band describes their music as "sad punk songs about being queer, trans, and black." Their voices and lyrics are equally as powerful as their guitar riffs and drum fills. 

Best consumed in moments of transition, change, or uncertainity. 

 
2017, Columbia Records.

2017, Columbia Records.

Fin / Syd

In a brief departure from her collaborative project, the Internet, Syd introduced us to a dozen tracks that have been buzzing through our minds ever since. Fin is R&B reimagined and made for the 21st century, full of emaculately produced beats and bravado. 

Best consumed at the end of the day with someone that you don't mind sitting close to.

 
2017, Sub Pop Records.

2017, Sub Pop Records.

I'm Not Your Man / Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman's follow-up to 2015's We Slept at Last is a tongue-in-cheek exploration of frustration, attraction, and affinity in queer relationships. The album is simultaneously seductive and cynical.

Best consumed driving through the city after dark.