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The Best Albums of 2017: #80 – 61

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We’ll be revealing the full list, 20 albums at a time, this whole week.

Last year, the Bandcamp Daily staff put together our first “Best Albums of the Year List,” 100 albums we felt defined 2016 for us. At the time I remember thinking, “This is tough, but it will probably get easier as the years go on.” Now, one year later, I’m realizing that I was wrong. The truth is, the world of Bandcamp is enormous, and it contains artists from all over the world, in every conceivable genre (including a few who exist in genres of their own invention), and at every stage of their career. The fact of the matter is, any list like this is going to fall short because, on Bandcamp, there is always more to discover. Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available. The albums that made this list, though, were the ones that stayed with us long after they were released—the ones we returned to again and again and found their pleasures undimmed, and their songs still rewarding.

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The Multifaceted Soul of Charlotte Dos Santos

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Photo by Mostafa Douban.

Vocalist Charlotte Dos Santos is Norwegian by birth, but her music draws influence from basically everywhere but her home country. That’s thanks in part to her parents, especially her dad’s Brazilian blood. “I listened to a lot of samba and bossa nova,” she says, “and I listened to a lot of music from other places, like Spain. My mother, she loved flamenco and Arabic music.”

Press play on Cleo, her excellent new album, and you’ll hear 10 tracks as informed by global music as they are by soul and jazz, the latter of which Dos Santos studied at the Berklee College of Music. It’s album that was more than four years in the making; as Dos Santos puts it, she had to learn how to put her feelings into song, which she says a semester studying in Spain helped her to do. She needed to realize the woman she was, and to figure out the woman she wants to be.

We spoke to Dos Santos about growing up in Norway, the American musical influences that permeated her country, Cleo’s layers, and how she wanted to be a pop star in elementary school.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Metal, Soul, Hip-Hop, Electronic & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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