20 Best Avant Albums of 2017

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

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Sult/Marhaug, 'Harpoon'

19. Sult/Marhaug, 'Harpoon'

Far-out, pan-continental make-a-jazz-noise-here trio Sult specialize in torturing acoustic instruments (guitar, upright bass, drums) into decaying junkpiles of squeaks, squawks, clatter and clang. For their fourth album, Harpoon, their rickety boat floats through the editing blizzard of Norwegian noise institution Lasse Marhaug – an already abrasive improv trio mutated into a massive swarm of ick. 

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