Top Albums of 2017: Slowdive

The music supervision team at PlayNetwork saw over 6700+ albums, EPs and compilations added to our extensive music library in 2017. With so much amazing music to pick from, our Music Supervision team finally narrowed down their top 10 albums of the year.

To get things started we have enlisted one of our seasoned Musics Supervisors, Alex Espinosa, who has been curating music for clients all over the world for over 20 years. Alex tells you exactly why Slowdive is his favorite album of 2017.

Artist: Slowdive

Album: slowdive

Twitter: @slowdiveband

Track: Star Roving

Shoegaze is a term that originated in the early 90s in London that typically means hearing distorted layered guitar sounds behind ethereal vocals. Many classic bands such as Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine have come out of this era but one that stands out for me is Berkshire natives Slowdive. It was during the release of their debut album Just for a day (1991) produced by legendary Alan McGee, that had shared vocal duties by Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell that grabbed my attention during my college years. After releasing three (3) albums, they went on a long hiatus only to reunite in 2014 and release their latest album simply titled Slowdive (2017) with even stronger positive reviews than they first had in the 90s. Now in the middle of touring for their last album, they are generating rave reviews for their live show.

Alex Espinosa

About Alex Espinosa

Hi, I’m Alex Espinosa, music curator, DJ and music supervisor here at PlayNetwork with over 30 years of music experience.

As the youngest of three, I have my older brothers to thank for my eclectic taste in music which ranges from the Beatles to Pink Floyd or Steely Dan to Led Zeppelin – throw in my early teen years when I discovered music on my own, and you have to add Post Punk and New Wave. I really just love all things music.

It all started out in Southern California at 16 with my first job at a record store called Licorice Pizza, which grew into radio station work, then onto music branding companies such as Muzak and landing here at Playnetwork in 2011. Working in this industry for so long, I can honestly say that the best thing I get out of all of this is being able to discover music from all around the world that is new to someone’s ears.

If I’m not trying to find that perfect song for one of our many brand partners or contracting with Slacker Radio, you may catch me browsing through record stores bin digging, at a local dive bar with some great whisky or catching a live show. But my favorite thing to do with my free-time is spend it with my family.

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