15 Great Albums You Probably Didn't Hear in 2017

Rolling Stone critics choose LPs that flew under the radar

A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, 'What I Speak I Create'
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A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, 'What I Speak I Create'

These six tracks unfurl, ritual-esque, across a minor-key soundscape that manages to update old-school darkwave with updated technological flourishes. A Place Both Wonderful and Strange rewind back to the textured atmospheres of early 4AD albums, stretching the gauze over ambient, drum 'n' bass, and the occasional cleansing stab of guitar. The best tracks here feature vocalist Okti, who's definitely read a few pages in the Lisa Gerrard book of emoting. Arielle Castillo