Some Good EPs from 2015December 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Posted in EP's, Lists, Music | Leave a comment
Tags: Alpaca Sports, Bitchin Bajas, Clap! Clap!, Colorworks, Cruising, Day Ravies, Diet Cig, Flyying Colours, Frida & Ale, Mommy Long Legs, Red Spencer, Tahitian Sons, Tuff Love, Wildhoney
The extended play record never seems to get enough credit. Few do a year end list of EP’s, and if they do it gets ignored. So what better reason to do one, right? Does it get ignored? Check. Does nobody do one? Check. Does anyone even listen to EP’s? There must be a couple of you out there, right? So here’s a grouping of my favorite ones from the past 12 months. If it came out on 10″, 12″, cassette, or was a download only of 8 songs or less then it qualified for this list.
Cruising come from Ireland and are made up of members of Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks and Logikparty. Singer Benni Johnston has a piercingly cool voice that reminds me of Siouxsie and it fits perfectly with these dark, grimy punk songs. This EP left me in the dust.
As if releasing one really good album this year wasn’t enough, Baltimore’s Wildhoney follow it up with an EP that goes for the shoegaze – noise pop jugular. This EP reminds me of the 90’s UK indie scene when bands like the Boo Radleys, Ride and the Pale Saints with a seemingly endless supplies of great songs would knock off amazing EP after EP.
Italy’s Cristiano Crisci is back with the follow up to last year’s epic Taya Bebba LP. Simple is more of the same if not a better mix of jazz, tribal beats and experimental techno dots and loops.
Tuff Love duo Julie Eisenstein and Suse Bear seem to effortlessly make crunchingly good guitar rock. With a nod to 90’s greats like the Breeders, Elastica and Sebadoh their Dross EP is a head bopping delight.
Confusingly Tahitian Sons are from Manchester. To clear things up they called their second EP Manchester Based Band. The singer kind of sounds like someone’s granddad, but in a cool way. Their low-fi pop recalls Felt and the Fall on Quaaludes. Lullabies for old punks and indie kids who thought the world passed them by.
This is the first release for Seattle’s Colorworks, but their form of 60’s psychedelic pop is so accomplished that you might think it’s some long lost Elephant 6 band. Joyla Red evokes the sounds of Elephant 6 influences like the Zombies, Byrds, and the Kinks in its sound, but it’s not just a hollow homage. They’ve got the songs to match the sound.
Red Spencer’s self-titled debut is one jangle filled mellow vibe. I could probably throw out the Flying Nun descriptor and not be too far off, but they have an element of the Brewis Brothers’ Field Music to them as well. Melbourne brothers Dave and Aiden McMillian deal in timeless pop no matter what you hear as their influences.
It was so good to hear Frida from Rough Bunnies back making a record. On this EP she teamed up with Ale of Italy’s Le Man Avec Les Lunette. Together they made a wonderful understated acoustic record about self-destructive girl friends and Bryan Adams songs.
Even in the internet age releasing EP’s doesn’t merit the same attention a full length album does. Case in point is Australia’s Flyying Colours who have two masterful EP’s beautiful shoegaze noise under their belts, but seemingly few accolades. Well, here’s one. Go get this amazing record, or better yet they’ve released a CD version containing both EP’s which ends up equaling one super amazing record.
New Paltz, New York boy girl duo Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman make a cute little ruckus that has it’s roots in 90’s US indiepop bands like Courtney Love, Small Factory and Tiger Trap. They’re like a breath of fresh air in this present day overwraught indie world.
Sydney, Australia’s Day Ravies continue their streak with this four song EP. They seemed to shed some of the shoegaze leanings of their debut for a more straightforward approach to their songs. It was no less affecting, with songs like Sleepwalk and Perennial that kept the flames alight until LP number two which followed later in the year.
Swedish indiepop duo follow up last year’s debut LP with more catchy light sounding pop with nary a dark or ill thought. This is innocent, virgin, pristine pop.
Chicago instrumental outfit Bitchin Bajas deliver a great set of music that veers from motorik zone-outs to Eno inspired ambiance to ethereal Oldfield-seque ditties.
Seattle punks on the same team as Childbirth, Tacocat and Wimps put out two EP’s this year. I picked this one because I think it contains two of their best songs. Assholes decry’s the establishment as well as anything has in the last 20 years and Weird Girl celebrates shoplifting at JC Penny and watching TV. Mommy Long Legs are the right combination of weird and pissed and funny.
Leave a Comment »
- Monomyth Go 2 the Pop Place
- Tired of Talking: Basementcast #23
- Catching Chook Race While They’re Around the USA
- Life is a Lion’s Den
- Inching Into Autumn with Snails
- It’s Not Easy Being Green
- No Hand Sanitizer Required In This Honey Bucket
- A Weekend of Driving Langorously
- Cold Pumas Haunt in Overdrive
- Prophet Hens Come In Through The Back Door
- The Jangle Band
- Lake Ruth
- Cloudberry Cake Proselytism » Blog Archive » :: Hopkirk & Lee on Wishful Thinking or Taraxacum Officinale
- Andy on Whyte Horses
- The Prophet Hens foresee new releases | Fishrider Records on Best of 2013: Albums
- Very Contemporary: Field Music at the Crocodile | the finest kiss on School of Language at Nectar
- Witching Waves at Finest Kiss « Crashing Through Publicity on Scum Surfin’ with Witching Waves
- Toby on Velez Manifesto
- Nathan on Velez Manifesto
- Andy on Scum Surfin’ with Witching Waves
- Fred's Shack - Camping Gear on One Last Kiss…No Way!
- SoundBitesNYC on Hold These Sweaty Hands
Upcoming Shows in Seattle
Pere Ubu @ The Crocodile, 3 December
Sløtface @ Barboza - 7 December
Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley @ Chop Suey - 17 January
The Intelligence @ The Tractor - 20 January
The Lemon Twigs @ Barboza - 31 January
Priests @ Vera Project - 16 February
Los Campesinos! @ Neptune - 20 February
The Radio Dept. @ Neumo's - 1 March
Ty Segall @ Neumo's - 2 March
Jens Lekman @ Neumo's - 5 March
Sleaford Mods @ Neumo's - 5 April
Visit these Places!Seattle Based Stuff
10 Things Zine
And More Again
Line Out (Stranger)
Reverb (Seattle Weekly)
Seattle Rock Guy
Sound on the Sound
Three Imaginary Girls
Stuff Based Elsewhere
A Layer of Chips
Austin Town Hall
The Creative Intersection
Did Not Chart
Gorilla vs Bear
Manic Pop Thrills
Requiem Pour Un Twister
Too Much Apple Pie
Drowned In Sound
Line of Best Fit
Gorilla In the Room
Other Places to Go (Seattle and Beyond)
Adored by Hordes
7 inch Albums Australia Basementcast Best of Canada Chop Suey Crocodile Crocodile Cafe Funhouse Gigs Indie indie 7" indiepop La France Lists Live Music mp3 Music Neumo's New Music New Zealand One Last Kiss Podcasts Previews Psychedelic Pop Punks Seattle Seattle-centric Shoegaze Singles Sunset Tavern Video Vinyl