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2017: The Prog critics' choice

2017 has been a year of fine proggy cuts. Here, our critics compile their favourites

Another year, another nigh on impossible task of whittling down all the great progressively minded releases into some kind of meaningful list. Somehow, the writers of Prog have managed to cull lengthy lists into the required 20, from which we create the overall Top 20.

It goes without saying that 2017 was another year of incredible quality…


20) Soen - Lykaia (UDR)

We said: “Their forte is strong melodies, atmospheric soundscapes and sonic Sturm Und Drang.” - Johnny Sharp, Prog 75

19) KOYO - Koyo (88 Watt)

We said: “Born of live improvisations, the band edit for the studio yet retain the sonic spectacle.” - Ian Fortnam, Prog 80

18) Bent Knee - Land Animal (InsideOut)

We said: “As an art rock record at the poppier end of the spectrum, it’s atmospheric and cinematic with hooks aplenty.” - Alex Lynham, Prog 78

17) Mogwai - Every Country’s Sun (Rock Action)

We said: “Mogwai approach their variations on a number of themes with conviction.” - Mike Barnes, Prog 79

16) Paul Draper - Spooky Action (KSCOPE)

We said: “While this album is peppered with peculiar sounds, it is anything but inaccessible.” - Johnny Sharp, Prog 79


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