The Best Tracks of 2017, #9

9. Partner, “Play the Field” 

I’ve written a lot about how it feels as though real, good indie rock music has been ignored in favour of limp, non-committal music by fey white boys on cool record labels. Ontario duo Partner came through with a total gem of a debut album that brings such badly-needed energy to indie rock, and the best track is the anthemic “Play the Field”. Its cuteness is undeniable, but it captures the awkwardness of adolescence so well, and in the end winds up being an empowering song for LGTBQ youth: “’Cause even though I’d really like to / It’s not worth being called a dyke to / See you in your sports bra / Though it just might change my life.”