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The Best Albums of 2017: #60 – 41

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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. These are the Best Albums on Bandcamp in 2017.

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The Best Albums of Summer 2017

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Every three months, the Bandcamp Daily editorial staff combs through the stacks to present our favorite records of the year to date. The albums presented here run the stylistic spectrum, everything from noise to indiepop to hip-hop to everything in between. And if you like what you see here, check out our picks for winter and spring of 2017, too.

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Frankie Rose on the Personal Darkness That Led to Her New Record

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Photos by Erez Avissar.

After a decade-long career in music, as both a solo artist and a founding member of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls, Frankie Rose thought she was done making records.

“Someone pointed out to me that I always say, ‘That’s it, I’m done! I’m never going to make another record again,’” she says via telephone from Brooklyn. “But this time, I really didn’t think I would be able to make another record again. It was kind of by a miracle and by blind faith that I got to make Cage Tropical.”

After the release of her third solo record, Herein Wild, a period of personal hardship brought Rose from her homebase in Brooklyn back to Los Angeles, where she soon found herself completely disconnected from her former life as a successful musician. Instead of making music and touring the world, she was working for a catering company, wondering what the hell had happened.

“It’s one thing to go from being an internationally touring musician who’s financially pretty stable to being like, ‘Is this my life? Am I catering weddings?’” she says.

Though its title is a pun on the situation in which she found herself trapped, the creation of Cage Tropical proved to be her life raft. Rose devoted time to writing new music, sketching out songs in the makeshift sound booth she set up in her closet, eventually inviting in like-minded collaborators like producer Jorge Elbrecht to help her flesh out her sound. As a result, Cage Tropical might be her most personal release to date. It is certainly one of her most hopeful.

A lush exploration of alienation and rediscovery, it’s not necessary to know about Cage Tropical’s painful genesis in order to instinctively grasp its narrative. Wrapped in gleaming synths and featuring Rose’s gorgeous vocals and pristine pop melodies, the record begins in a place of stagnation (“Wasting my time,” she sings on opening track “Love in Rockets”) before slipping effortlessly to hope and optimism by the record’s end, with Rose offering herself up to the universe in the epic “Decontrol.” Rose’s dedication to her craft and her unwavering belief in music as her life’s work resonate throughout.

We spoke with Rose about the creation of Cage Tropical, making synthesized music sound warm, and how she found a way back to her true vocation as a musician. Oh, and the paranormal podcast she’s working on.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Punk Rock, Hip-Hop, and New Wave

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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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