20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

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

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Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, 'Simultonality'
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17. Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, 'Simultonality'

Bassist Joshua Abrams and his welcomingly loping band make funky minimalist jam-rambles somewhere between Terry Riley, Fela Kuti, Can and Battles. Billed as an album of "pure motion," the group's latest effort has the tumbling appeal of krautrock but the complex melodic/textural overload of minimalist classics like Riley's In C. Rhythms interlock like legos, dual drummers Mikel Avery and Frank Rosaly chattering in time as Abrams cycles through mathy bars. 

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