I’m just kidding. I’ve only listened to two 2017 releases so far and it turns out that I like Foxygen’s Hang more than I liked The xx’s I See You. I’ve dabbled in Foxygen before and have their 2013 release We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic on my iPod and liked it and still revisit it from time to time. I skipped their follow-up …And Star Power because the first time I listen to a new album I like to try do it in one sitting. Trying to find time to sit through those 24 tracks seemed too daunting at the time.
I read a little bit about Hang prior to my first listen. With the band’s reputation for drugs and frequently breaking up, hearing that they recorded with a 40 piece orchestra concerned me a little. I thought it had potential to come off like Dewey Cox trying to create his masterpiece.
But it does not. For all the reasons the album shouldn’t work, it does. It is big and theatrical and perfectly tongue-in-cheek. This is going to me in my heavy rotation for quite a while.