2017 was a great year for Philadelphia bands. The year began with Bucks County native Josh Ostrander’s Mondo Cozmo bumping Kings of Leon from the top of Billboard’s Adult Alternative Charts with their single “Shine.” The band later released their debut album Plastic Soul and played an amazing gig at Union Transfer. Strand of Oaks and The War On Drugs also released their first albums in three years. The rocker Hard Love and Grammy-nominated A Deeper Understanding are tremendous must-listen LPs. Lansdowne native Kurt Vile and Aussie Courtney Barnett also partnered for an indie superstar album that perfectly blended their songwriting and voices.
Indie music also witnessed great work from other Australian musicians. Barnett’s wife, Jen Cloher, put out a great self-titled record. Personal superfavorite Holy Holy and the wizardly Tash Sultana also released attention-grabbing music as well.
It is hard to pick one favorite track, but Wolf Alice’s “Beautifully Unconventional,” The War On Drugs’ “Pain,” Strand of Oak’s “Everything,” and Mondo Cozmo’s “Automatic” were among those that were played on a loop. Veterans like Marty Stuart, Beck, and The Killers dropped good songs as well, but some of my favorite singles from 2017 teased potential 2018 albums from bands like Sunflower Bean, Geowulf, and WYO.
Courtesy of Spotify, here is The Flat Circle’s 2017 Mixtape. The tracks are not placed in any ranking other than where I thought they sounded best together. Readers are welcome to add the songs that they feel I missed to the comments on this post or mention them in The Flat Circle’s Facebook and Twitter threads.