Thursday, December 11, 2014

Putting a Plug on 2014: The EPs

Guess what guys? It's that time of the year again! Some of you love it, most of you despise it. I simply find it inspiring and a wee bit entertaining to read what everyone's end of year picks/lists/charts consist of. My EP picks below are personal favorites that either moved me or brought life to music in my opinion. They're listed in order of when they were released starting with the earliest, and you'll find my #1 pick at the bottom. It was a great year for EP releases, and extremely hard to narrow it down to 13, so I included links for as many of them in this post for you to check out. 
Thanks again for another year of nerding out on great tunes and all things music related, can't wait for what next year holds. Stay tuned for the top albums & songs post coming very, very soon.
(For LYED's list of EPS from 2013, click here.)

Twin Oaks - The Lion's Den
Self-released on January 7th
Grab The Lion's Den on BandCamp

BROODS - s/t
Released on January 31st
Grab the self-titled EP from Broods on iTunes

Speedy Ortiz - Real Hair
Released on February 11th via Carpark Records
Grab Real Hair on iTunes or on BandCamp.

Wolf Alice - Creature Songs
Released on May 26th via Dirty Hit
Grab Creature Songs on iTunes.

Ryn Weaver - Promises
Released on August 8th via Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records
Grab Promises on iTunes.

SALES - s/t
Self-released on September 22nd 
Grab Sales - EP on BandCamp

George Maple - Vacant Space
Released on October 3rd via Future Classic
Grab Vacant Space on iTunes

Dinner and a Suit - STAY
Self-released October 7th 
Grab STAY on iTunes.

Jack Garratt - Remnants
Released October 26th via Island Records
Grab Remnants on iTunes.

Billie Black - 000 100
Self-released on November 3rd via BBLK Recordings
Grab 000 100 on iTunes. 

Released on November 17th via Duly Noted Records
Grab Magic on iTunes.

Giraffage - No Reason
Released on November 18th via Fool's Gold 
 Grab No Reason on iTunes.

My #1 EP of 2014?
Phoria's Display EP easily won my ears over as one of the most impressive releases of 2014. Not a day goes by without listening to this majestic body of work. If you haven't had a chance to listen, do your ears a favor and get to know this 5-piece from Brighton before they blow up.
 Released on June 16th via X Novo Records.
Grab Display on iTunes here.

Other EPs worth checking out: 
Olivver The Kid - Freak
Eliot Sumner - Information
Saint Motel - My Type
Scavenger Hunt - s/t
Daniel Wilson - Boy Who Cried Thunder
Jaymes Young - Habits of My Heart

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