20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

The year's best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, experimental electronic and more

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Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

2. Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'

Half of analog joy-screamers Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power imbues his hissing, tension-filled dystopian technoise with optimism, ecstasy and a blown-out sound. "Please" is like a house music handbag designed by Chris Cunningham, the screams in "Resus Negative" are like Blade Runner hardcore, and "Silent Treatment" and "Hive Mind" are like trap for the uncanny valley. A Ben Frost–y world of hot laptops and sensory overload, but with a tenuous memory of what was once Earth's dance floors.

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