Now in its sixth year (and third with results shared via Arctic Drones), the Post-rock Facebook page’s Year’s Best list offers a compacted view of the important releases of 2017 from around the globe. This is a genre that is growing ever-larger, but as it continues to function in a relatively niche market it remains important to offer listeners a focused overview of what releases most moved fans during the course of the year.
Post-rock Facebook page’s nomination list that comprised this poll category featured nearly 400 releases (narrowed down from 800+) from mainly post-rock but also neighboring genres such as post-metal, ambient and math-rock, offering a dizzying spectrum of possibilities. Therefore, we strongly urge readers to look beyond those artists they are already familiar with and dig deep for new favorites to support through the coming years. More than 12,000 fans voted, so what you are seeing here should give you a solid base with which to operate off. Keep in mind also, a lot of votes were spread around, indicating a large volume of worthwhile releases to discover.
The results provide a balance of expected heavyweights and pleasant surprises. Bands like Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, for instance, show why they have been continuously seated at the highest thrones of post-rock for the past 20 years. More recent favorites like And So I Watch You From Afar and sleepmakeswaves stake their claim to heavyweight status as well. But look beyond them and you’ll find a wonderful tapestry of post-rock up-and-comers (Heron, Wander, Shipwrecks, PILLARS), young math-rock luminaries (Vasudeva), crushing post-metal acts (Terraformer, Glacier), and many more diverse and exciting artists.
Here it is – the top 50 releases of 2017 post-rock listeners most voted for. Be sure to check out ‘More Info’ links under each entry to get more information on the bands and support them. A Spotify playlist link is also available at the end of this article. Enjoy! – Words by David Zeidler