There have been some absolutely cracking EP's recently and whilst you may already have discovered some or all of these, we'd like to introduce you to some of our favourites:
Lucky Iris - Turns Out We Should Have Stayed At Home
We kick off with the timely titled "Turns Out We Should Have Stayed At Home" from Leeds duo Lucky Iris, who are made up of Maeve Florsheim and Jasper Exley.
Bringing the very best electronic alt pop to the table, the EP is charged with dance-inspired pop bangers that are clever and catchy, as well as poignant piano-based ballads that wrench at the heart strings in equal proportions.
Singer Maeve Florsheim has a captivating voice which sits delicately atop the synth tracks. The EP begins with the sparkly "Get Ready With Me" which draws layer upon layer of synth together to create an unforgettable track. However, of the four tracks, the highlight must be "Glitter Vision" which, to us, has more than just a touch of Billie Eilish about it.
For a debut EP, this is top drawer stuff.
Zelah - I
We've already heard a couple of tracks from Zelah's debut EP "I" with the first two tracks "Static" and "Closer"
Zelah are an atmospheric alt-pop duo who are similar in nature to London Grammar or Lorde and the EP is filled with some dark soundscapes and powerful vocals. As well as the aforementioned tracks, you are treated to the very moody "Run Away" and the stand-out track "Let Go" which we feel has a huge dollop of Florence and the Machine to it.
"I" is a masterpiece of dark pop and we urge you to check it out!
Latir - Until Forever
Latir is a singer/songwriter from London who has had support from BBC Radio 1 and looks set to build on this with the release of "Until Forever"
Bringing a touch of indie, R'n'B and Soul to the proceedings, this release is 6 tracks of smooth, contemporary beats, all topped with Latir's distinctive voice. Every track is a cleverly constructed work of art with electronic beats and moody synths.
Latir is definitely a smooth R'n'B class act, and "Until Forever" looks set to help him take a giant step towards real success.
Venus Demilo - Northern Lights
We have previously stumbled upon Venus Demilo with their excellent track "Penniless". This Liverpool four-piece produce some of the finest alt-pop on the current indie music scene and their EP "Northern Lights" builds on some pretty solid foundations.
"Northern Lights" may have been around a few weeks but by 'eck it's a good 'un! Made up of five tracks, three of which (Penniless, Deja Vu and Purpose) have previously been released as singles. These three singles were written and produced by the band themselves, with the other two tracks "Bones" and "Northern Lights" seeing them collaborate with producer Richard Bond and long-standing band collaborator Alex Quinn.
For us, the song that stands out the most is "Deja Vu" - mainly because it is so different from the rest of the release, more upbeat and with a reggae-tinged beat supporting, it's a toe=tapping singalong song from start to finish,
This is a selection of beautifully crafted music, with some atmospheric-effected guitars throughout. It's a record you'll want to hear over and again.
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