Tag: Favorite EPs of 2018

Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

EP III by Yumi Zouma If there is one band on the planet that could be described as your best friend, Yumi Zouma would undoubtedly win the contest. From dreamy and dizzying dream-pop to their embracing lyrics, Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, and Olivia Grace Campion have lifted many spirits and warmed plenty of hearts. With EP III, they grab us […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

Favorite EPs of 2018: YONAKA – ‘Teach Me to Fight’

In their brief time as a band, YONAKA have quickly emerged as the voice of a young generation that feels frustrated and disenfranchised. They have assumed the space that Nirvana, Hole, and Rage Against the Machine once occupied. With the backing of a major label and an alt-rock sound that is equivalent to 10 mega-tonnes of TnT, they have the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Nightgown by Why Bonnie A few artists and bands released at least two records this year – and one of them surprisingly was not King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. One band to achieve this feat this year is Austin-based Why Bonnie, which is the project born from the mind of Blair Howerton. Their first EP of 2018 was the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Waxahatchee – ‘Great Thunder’

Great Thunder by Waxahatchee In the midst of an era where bigger and louder sell more records, Katie Crutchfield’s latest EP under her moniker Waxahatchee is a reminder that one doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles to provoke and awe. With Great Thunder, the acclaimed singer-songwriter delivers one of the year’s most intimate and emotional records of the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star’

Distant Star EP by Spielbergs There are rock records, and then there are rock records. The latter feature a bunch of songs bundled together that make us momentarily lose our shit and once again feel alive. Such records are becoming increasingly rare, but Spielbergs‘ debut EP, Distant Star, is a reminder that rock still rules. Despite being just five songs, the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Sam Valdez – ‘Mirage’

Mirage by Sam Valdez Sam Valdez is the human equivalent of time machine. She encapsulates the sonic beauty of the Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the ’70s while creating cinematic soundscapes and poignant stories akin to Angel Olsen, Hope Sandoval, and The War On Drugs. This combination should eventually result in the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter becoming an indie star. For now, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Regrettes – ‘Attention Seeker’

 Attention Seeker is a great follow up to The Regrettes‘ debut album, Feel your Feelings Fool!, which also made one of our 2017 lists. The energetic, retro-inspired, female-fronted band are creating rock ‘n roll with an attitude and plenty of personality, and all this despite an eventful year that included a few line-up changes and their tour bus getting […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

Favorite EPs of 2018: No Violet – ‘Faces’

No Violet took their time to release their debut EP, but the time spent honing their sound was worth it. The four-track Faces was released in the autumn, and it grinds like the darker, cooler days. Opener “Be My Friend” starts out like a ballad with front woman Ellie Godwin showing off the delicacies in her trembling voice. The song […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Minus the Bear – ‘Fair Enough’

Minus the Bear’s Fair Enough EP was released in October and is the last recording for the band that started as a joke in Seattle. MTB has always been under the radar for many years with an enthusiastic fan base, and they sadly announced their break-up this summer and just wrapped up their final tour in their hometown. Minus the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

 Holy Golden have released a lot of great music this year. In February, they released the sublime LP Otherworld and in October they released an amazing EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. The duo of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti have been carefully crafting an image and sound that is distinctively their own, and Sleepwalkers is another peek into […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Hatchie – ‘Sugar & Spice’

 The project of Australian vocalist and bassist Harriette Pillbeam, Hatchie released her first EP, the dreamy Sugar & Spice this year. Laden with jangly guitar, amazing harmonies, and catchy vocals, the record is easily one of our favorite EPs of the year. It carries an intentional, nostalgic vibe that Hatchie describes as recreating the feelings felt falling in love […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

In an age where band names and artists’ pseudonyms are creative writing projects, few truly adopt names that fit their music. Margaux Sauvé, though, is the exception, as her project Ghostly Kisses perfectly defines her art. It is haunting but intimate, cinematic yet icy dark, spine-tingling and breathtaking. All these characterizations are captured on her sophomore EP, The City Holds […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

Favorite EPs of 2018: First Aid Kit – ‘Tender Offerings’

First Aid Kit released their stellar album Ruins in January. While recording, they had to cut a handful of songs from the record, as is all too common. Instead of throwing four of those tunes into the dustbin, Klara and Johanna Söderberg opted to release them as Tender Offerings, and they are some of the prettiest songs the sisters have […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everything Everything – ‘A Deeper Sea’

A Deeper Sea was a nice surprise from Everything Everything. The band released the EP specifically for the first track, “The Mariana” which the band shared “we felt inspired to write a new song dealing with male identity and depression.” The lyrics state “Someone has to be the man”. The track is simple yet profound and adds another reason to […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Everyone You Know – ‘Cheer Up Charlie’

 Let’s start out by saying that Everyone You Know are going to be huge! Sneaking slowly into the scene this year, brothers Rhys and Harvey have quietly been working on their live act, before dropping Cheer Up Charlie. Five tracks and two skits make up the Londoner’s excellent debut effort. Part electronic, part dance, part pop, part hip hop, […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Favorite EPs of 2018: The Dig – ‘Moonlight Baby’

Moonlight Baby EP by The Dig Moonlight Baby was released this year by The Dig. The band is creating really catch indie rock with a bit of a psych flair. It was actually a hard decision of which EP to nominate, as they also released the EP Afternoon with Caroline which was part of their El Dig playlist of 2018 […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’

In the increasing crowded space of downtempo, trip-hop, and, as we like to call it, post-rock indietronica with bands positioning to be the next Portishead, a little outfit from London has nudged itself to the top of the class. For nearly three years, Dahlia Sleeps have consistently left listeners in a state of cardiac arrest with their music. These experiences […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

Favorite EPs of 2018: boygenius – ‘boygenius’

boygenius by boygenius Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are undeniably three of the most exciting and talented young singer-songwriters of the decade. When news broke the three were working on a project together, it was impossible to not take note. The result of this collaboration is boygenius, which is undeniably one of the year’s best releases – EP […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Amasa Hines – ‘Ivory Living Glass’

Plenty of bands can make strong cases to being crowned the most criminally underrated group in music, but they would be hard-pressed to beat Amasa Hines‘ case. The Little Rock, Arkansas outfit have been redefining emotionally-charged and -powerful music since their formation at the turn of the decade. Their unique sound and approach have caught the attention of festival planners and […]

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