20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

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

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Gregg Kowalsky, 'L'Orange, L'Orange'
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18. Gregg Kowalsky, 'L'Orange, L'Orange'

Floridian ex-pat drone merchant soaks up the sun for an ambient album that beams and glints instead of wallows in the Black Lodge. The drones here are fat and happy ("Maliblue Dream Sequence), the arpeggios are effervescent ("Tuned to Monochrome"), and the throbs are gentle ("Pattern Haze).

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