December 23, 2010 Leave a comment
My Favorite EPs
I felt like I heard more EPs this year than in all my previous years combined, due to both the dwindling resources within the music industry and my continued personal trending toward less established musicians. But, seriously, man, everyone from hardcore The Devil Wears Prada to electronica Andy Hunter put out an EP this year. I also listened to a lot of music from the non-profit, ministry-minded Come&Live, whose artists come up with their own resources through fans. I will always prefer the length and completeness of the album format, and I hope it doesn’t go away, but frankly, four or five song recordings are way easier, quicker, and cheaper than full albums, and as long as record sales continue to plummet, I think the EP is here to stay.
Honorable Mentions: Bradley Hathaway – A Thousand Angry Panthers, Andy Hunter – Collide
5. Oh Brother – The Death of Day
Moving progressive post-rock or whatever
4. Josh Ehrmann – Stone’s Throw
Reflective indie songwriter
3. Enlou – Body of Water, Body of Friends
Indie rock or whatever
EP OF THE YEAR
1. The Ember Days – Finger Painting
Fantastic worship disguised as a lush, ambient, soft pillow that is mostly instrumental. This EP would be top 10 if I mixed it in with the full albums. With a strong execution of Explosions-In-The-Sky-type guitars topped with strings and light vocals, every second of its thirty-one minutes is ripe for quiet worship, prayer, or simple rest and refreshment. And it’s free off ComeAndLive.com, although it’s totally worth a donation.
My full review for Finger Painting