We may not be done with 2017 yet, however the abundance of quality emanating from the indie and alternative scene throughout the year renders a best of the year (so far) roundup a necessity.
Indeed, 2017 has been a year of high profile returns, with the immensely popular Gorillaz and Queens of the Stone Age re-establishing themselves as major figures in the mainstream canon. Longtime alternative favourites Future Islands and The National have also returned, looking to enhance their already significant reputation. Further down the ladder, a whole host of emerging acts have taken their first or next step in their fledgling careers, many of whom will feature in the top ten.
Before getting into the top ten, here are a list of honourable mentions that, despite not making the cut, deserve to be recognised:
Cred Woes - Liars, Magenta - The Duke Spirit, Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me) - Sparks, Cave - Future Islands, Magic Swimming Pants - Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?