20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

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

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Prurient, 'Rainbow Mirror'
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7. Prurient, 'Rainbow Mirror'

Dominick Fernow's American noise institution savagely sneers into a new direction on nearly three-and-a-half hours of void-gazing, smoke-pluming misery smeared across four CDs or seven pieces of vinyl. He dubs this longform muck "doom electronics," and the album does indeed play like an expressionist rendering of doom metal: lengthy run times, creaking cryptkeeper textures an overarching gauze of ambient gloom. But the real step forward here is turning his one-man power electronics sweatbomb into a trio, giving this hissing, buzzing, slow-curdling stew an almost jazz-like depth and interplay.

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