It's December 21, and we're just finally getting around to our annual list of favorite songs to come out of Boston in 2017. Two conclusions can be drawn from this -- first, the year was so packed that our Year End obligations were pushed back to the very last minute, and secondly, we kind of hate these posts. Through our New Sounds features and pages of Boston News posts, it's virtually impossible to come up with a full portrait of Boston's year in music. We hope that our dedicated coverage from January to December acts as our compass of what's good around town; this list here can be best described as a loose collection of our "faves." It's in no order, it's by no preference; these tracks stuck with us over the course of the calendar, and if you missed one or two when released, perhaps it can help fill in some blanks. Because it was a crazy good year for Boston music, and 2018 feels as promising as ever.
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Pale Monsters, “All This Time We Wait”
Pale Monsters might be the most underrated band in Boston. Chris Mulvey’s alt-rock quartet debut in 2016 with the twisted indie-rock jam “Everybody (Take What You Can Take),” and raised the stakes in October with the fluorescent “All This Time We Wait.” Like other Pale Monsters tracks, the song is boosted to the galaxy by Mulvey’s impassioned howl. “Chris Mulvey has been a mainstay of the Boston music scene for a while now, first as the leader the Breeders/surf rock-influenced Muy Cansado, and now he has busted out with a fresh new ensemble of friends and fellow area music veterans in Pale Monsters,” Future Carnivores’ Bo Barringer told us in a bit of cross-promotion fun a few weeks ago. “Highlighted by Mike Ward’s ebullient layers of synth squeals, Mulvey’s chiming guitar and a driving rhythm section (drummer Travis Richter and bassist Kevin McGrath), their new single “All This Time We Wait” is a celebration. Had this festival-ready banger come out two or three months earlier it would have made everyone’s summer mixtape.” Well, it made our year-end list.