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.
BABY!, “Weather Girl”
No matter what season, Boston always needs an extra dose of sunshine. And this past summer that was provided by BABY!, the guitar-pop project from Florida transplant Kaley Honeycutt. The jangly, infectious “Weather Girl” is the lead track to BABY!’s debut album Sunny, F.L., and it combines modern, demure vocals with retro surf-pop pep. “The title of the LP — Sunny, F.L. — is kind of a sarcastic reference to how Florida is portrayed to tourists so that people will come visit, when in reality outside of tourism there aren’t very many jobs or opportunities in Florida. The music/art scene is constantly struggling to stay existent, and it’s really a weird place.” And like Palehound before her, the city’s scene helped draw Honeycutt to our town. “I chose Boston because I had heard about the music scene in Boston from a friend there who was doing music writing,” she added. “I just wanted to live in a place where I could afford/access some of my goals with music. Boston ended up being that place!” For that, we are very grateful.