EPs are some of the most under- and unappreciated records in the music industry. Composed sometimes of no more than three songs, others as many as six or seven songs, they are often overlooked by audiences simply because they are not full-length recordings. Given, sometimes they are little more than space-fillers to tide fans over between albums, but in other cases, they are chances for new, up-and-coming acts to get their feet in the door. Whether one is the case or the other, the fact of the matter is that EPs deserve just as much credit as their full-length counterparts. That is something that this critic has preached for years. Keeping that in mind, they deserve a year-ender “Best Of” list as those records, and that is exactly what is presented here.
From Sister Hazel’s latest EPs Fire and Earth to underground rockers Charm City Devils’ latest offering 1904 to indie artist Denim’s new EP Endless Summer and more, this year has provided a lot to appreciate in the way of EPs. There’s some rock here, some r&b and even some reggae, so this list is not limited to just one genre. As with every list, this list features the Top 10 titles plus five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles. Those honorable mentions are not bad titles. Everything was based on general content overall and the records’ separate lyrical and musical content. Without further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New EPs.
PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW EPS
- Nooky Jones — Like Candy
- Sister Hazel — Fire
- Sister Hazel — Earth
- Santana — In Search of Mona Lisa
- Denim — Endless Summer
- Joyous Wolf — Place in Time
- Lakou Mizik & The 79ers Gang — Iko Kreyol
- ZFG — ZFG
- Hot 8 Brass Band — Take Cover
- Charm City Devils — 1904
- The Jacks — The Jacks
- Wake Hate — Deep Sleep
- 18th & Addison — Old Blues / Modern Love
- The Crash Republic — Homewreckers: Sweet Apathy
- August Burns Red — Phantom Sessions
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