Amy’s 2017 Music Highlights
19. Lumi (許含光) – A Portrait of my Milky Way (曖曖)
Well, thank you, Qing~ 
18. Natalia Lafourcade – Musas
Pos, that’s Lafourcade with her ode to Latin folk music of yore~
I’m always generally disillusioned that whenever I like a Latin song nowadays, it turns out it’s a cover of an older song. LOL Lafourcade is great here, I wasn’t a huge fan of her previous album, Hasta la Raiz, but the production in Musas is top-notch. And like ILE last year, it just hits the right spots.
17. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
I’ve been totally mopy this year, but I was incredibly impressed with Baker’s songwriting and the production of this album.
16. Sandee Chan (陳珊妮) – Martial God Cardea (戰神卡爾迪亞)
The Taiwanese music scene has many Queens; in fact, it has many indie Queens~ one of them made her return to music with a full album after the release of When Sorrow Being Downloaded Twice (如同悲傷被下載了兩次) in 2015. Titled Martial God Cardea, who in Roman mythology was the Goddess of Health and Goddess and protector of door hinges. The whole album talks about solitude, problems of modern day life (with heavy use of IM, tech and communication sounds), our desire for interconnection, freedom and harmony.
Generally, Sandee Chan’s music always makes me sad, regardless if I read her lyrics or not. xD
15. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Echo in the Valley
I’ve been following Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s music for a year or two, probably around the time the Grammy nominations were announced because I’m the old person that follows the folk/americana/world music categories now. Love their self-titled duo debut, which eventually won them Best Folk Album. Also love the fact that both of them are involved in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble  project , which is a must for all lovers of world music— specially East Meets West enthusiasts.
In Echo in the Valley, they continue to deliver musicianship, and I’ve a special weakness for Abigail Washburn’s voice.
14. Dadaray – DADAISM / DADAMAN / Dadax / DADASTATION
And the award for Most Productive New Band goes to Dadaray, who are one of my favorite discoveries this year and have released three EPs and one full album. They started their year with the release of DADAISM [iTunes], continued with DADAMAN [iTunes], Dadax [iTunes], and have just released DADASTATION [iTunes].
Here’s a mix of the tracks available (you know about Japan and their internet thing):
13. Xu Zhe (许哲) – Unreachable
Just found out that Xu Zhe, who also goes by the name Heo Chul, participated in the 4th season of The Voice of China (中国好声音) in 2015 . I just stumbled upon his album on the Xiami homepage when it came out back in August. Going by his style of music, at least presented in Unreachable, he probably should’ve gone for a show like Sing my Song (中国好歌曲) instead.