Best Albums of 2017
selected by Miguel Alcobia

Benjamim & Barnaby Keen <BR> “1986”

Benjamim & Barnaby Keen

While the title might suggest a bit of a time travel, “1986” also ignores geographical and musical distances as well. In their collaboration, Benjamim and Barnaby Keen combine Portuguese-Brazilian influences with Anglo-American folk, bringing us a collection of songs that are wonderfully written, performed and produced.

♪♫ Listen: “Terra Firme” + album stream

Benjamim on Facebook. Barnaby Keen on Facebook.

Flying Cages <BR> “Woolgather”

Flying Cages

Some people do it, some people don’t. But if you do, why not listen to the second album of Flying Cages while doing it? There are 13 great songs in woolgather that makes the perfect soundtrack for woolgathering, and maybe, just maybe, the good vibrations of those melodies will make your sweetest dreams come true.

♪♫ Listen: “Your Friends” + album stream

Flying Cages on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter.

George Marvinson <BR> “Chill Wild Life”

George Marvinson
“Chill Wild Life”

Chill Wild Life is George Marvinson’s debut album, and also his first step has Tiago’s Vilhena pseudonym. Singing a lot of his own life experience, George Marvinson will kidnap your attention with amusing and ironic lyrics as well with some tasty nostalgic tunes.

♪♫ Listen: “My Summer” + album stream

George Marvinson on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook.

Grandfather’s House <BR> “Diving”

Grandfather’s House

There’s an adorable darkness in “Diving” that takes your breath away. The new GFH’s album is a totally different effort from the previous ones and it’s also one of the possible evolutions of this Portuguese band. Featuring some special guests, highlighting Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, Mão Morta’s epic lead vocalist.

♪♫ Listen: “You Got Nothing to Lose” + album stream

Grandfather’s House on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter.

Her Name Was Fire <BR> “Road Antics”

Her Name Was Fire
“Road Antics”

So, you have listened to “Road Antics” and suddenly you feel like you’re burning?… well, that’s because you are. Road Antics gathers 13 songs with powerful riffs and catchy themes that will set your speakers on fire.

♪♫ Listen: “Wrong” + album stream

Her Name Was Fire on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Luís Severo <BR> “Luís Severo”

Luís Severo
“Luís Severo”

Singer-songwriter from Odivelas, now living in Lisbon, brings a self-titled album Luís Severo where he deals with love and heartbreak from some perspective – he’s now in his mid 20s. Heartfelt songs for your evening listining sessions.

♪♫ Listen: “Boa Companhia” + album stream

Luís Severo on Facebook.

Mazgani <BR> “The Poet’s Death”

“The Poet’s Death”

The Poet’s Death is the fifth album from the Portuguese Iranian musician and it holds the secret of balancing the beginning and the end, truth and lies, life and death.
With strong lyrics and soul touching melodies it’s almost a sin dying and not listen to Mazgani’s poems.

♪♫ Listen: “The Poet’s Death” + album stream

Mazgani on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Orelha Negra <BR> “Orelha Negra III”

Orelha Negra
“Orelha Negra III”

Need some light? Maybe some car headlights? Orelha Negra is a Portuguese hip-hop/funk band with no vocalist and their third self-titled album is just like traveling in a psychedelic night with Santa’s bag filled with gifts just for you. With surprising landscapes, Orelha Negra’s third effort will light the darkest corners of your mind.

♪♫ Listen: “Apolo 70” + album stream

Orelha Negra on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, www.

Paraguaii <BR> “Dream About The Things You Never Do”

“Dream About The Things You Never Do”

The new Paraguaii’s álbum will make you dance even in your dreams. “Dream about the things you never do” is Paraguaii’s new perspective of a totally different and dancing world that will encourage even the most clumsiest feet. Surprising and unpredictable, dreaming and dancing has never been so easy.

♪♫ Listen: “Ancient Gurl” + album stream

Paraguaii on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram.

Stone Dead <BR> “Good Boys”

Stone Dead
“Good Boys”

If you’re looking for a great rock album, you can stop it right now. Song after song, two voices share the tale of Tony Blue with some of the greatest rock tunes made in Portugal.
Good Boys is a rock solid music album and also a album of solid rock music.

♪♫ Listen: “Candy” + album stream

Stone Dead on Bandcamp, Facebook.

Surma <BR> “Antwerpen”


Surma is Débora Umbelino, and Antwerpen is Surma’s debut album and a personal window to her world. Antwerpen is a 10 unique song collection of an experimental and electronic journey with enough magic to destroy all men’s boundaries.

♪♫ Listen: “Hemma” + album stream

Surma on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

The Zanibar Aliens <BR> “Space Pigeon”

The Zanibar Aliens
“Space Pigeon”

So, you believe in alien life beyond the stars? You might be right, but there’s also alien life right here on Planet Earth. “Space Pigeon” is the third weapon that the Zanibar Aliens are using to control a lot of the earth minds. Prepare to be abducted!

♪♫ Listen: “Rejoice” + album stream

The Zanibar Aliens on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Trêsporcento <BR> “Território Desconhecido”

“Território Desconhecido”

“Território Desconhecido” is Trêsporcento’s new album and their third in almost ten years. Once more and always singing in Portuguese, the Lisbon quintet proves that Portugal has some of the best words to write all kinds of songs.

♪♫ Listen: “O Sonho” + album stream

Trêsporcento on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, www.

Vaarwell <BR> “Homebound 456”

“Homebound 456”

Vaarwell’s first full-length album is a full-grown work where 11 songs make magic happen in a totally different way from their previous efforts. It’s easy to get lost in Margarida’s angelic voice, and it’s easy to get lost in every second of “Homebound 456” as well.

♪♫ Listen: “Homebound 456” + album stream

Vaarwell on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, www.