Posted by: will | December 17, 2007

SAL’s Top Sixteen EPs of 2007

This includes EPs, splits, demos and/or 7 inch records. Click on the album cover for a review. If you can not click on the album cover then there just isn’t a review…write your own!

#16

Gray Young “Kindle Field” (Self-Released)

– Just got this in the mail recently and it made a nice enough impression to end this list. Gray Young are from Raleigh, NC and play atmospheric indie rock. Review will be upcoming in January.

#15

Ghastly City Sleep “Ghastly City Sleep” (Robotic Empire)

– Dreamy, ambient soundscapes from a bunch of guys that use to play in hardcore/screamo bands. Well done.

#14

Jacob and I “Shadout Mapes” (Self-Released)

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Another surprise standout from South Carolina…mathy instrumental goodness! I will be covering these guys in January.

#13

Death Becomes Even The Maiden “The Arrangement” (Vie Devant Soi)

– Columbia post-punk band nails it on their proper debut EP.

#12

Cats and Cats and Cats/This Town Needs Guns – Split (Big Scary Monsters)

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– Four songs each from these two up and coming indie/emo bands. The scene in the UK continues to impress from afar.

#11

Pomegranates “Two Eyes” (Self-Released)

– Quirky indie pop from this Ohio band. Full-length out in 08 from Lujo Records. Jump aboard before Pitchfork gets a hold.

#10

Des Ark/Ben Davis & The Jetts “Battle of The Beards” (Lovitt)

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– Although the Ben Davis side is strong, it is all about Aimee Argote and Des Ark on this one. PJ Harvey better watch her back!

#9

Envy “Abyssal” (Sonzai)

– Japanese screamo/post-rock never sounded so beautiful. Abyssal brims with passion and Envy continue to be a breath of fresh air with every release.

#8

Building The State “Faces In The Architecture” (Amnot)

– Atmospheric indie rock from this impressive band. The results are subtle but astounding.

#7

Brother Sister “The Nuclear Love e.p.” (Self-Released)

– Dark, emotional landscapes are burrowed into your head on Brother, Sister’s debut EP. Yet another fine band from my hometown.

#6

Jukebox The Ghost “Jukebox The Ghost” (Family/This Side Up)

Ben Folds and Queen ain’t got nothing on Jukebox The Ghost! Piano pop at its finest. Go see this band live!

#5

Nico Vega “No Child Left Behind” (Myspace)

– Infectious female-fronted rock group that is on the verge of being everywhere.

#4

Little Lebowski Urban Achievers “Is This A Party Or An Intervention? 7-inch” (Evil Owl)

If you miss Jawbreaker raise your hand. Well, LLUA might make you feel a little bit better. So crack open a beer and let the good times roll.

#3

Street Smart Cyclist “Demo 7 -Inch” (Our Neighborhood)

– Three songs and 9 minutes and you will be rolling on the floor with musical seizures. Mathy emo/pop/punk at its finest. Cap n’ Jazz anyone?

#2

Bridge And Tunnel “Bridge And Tunnel 7-inch” (No Idea)

From the ashes of Latterman, Bridge And Tunnel come through with four incredible songs full of heart. And this is only the band’s debut. Full-length out in 08 on No Idea.

#1

The Ackleys “Forget Forget Derive Derive” (House Of Love)

– Pop punk masterpieces from four kids who can’t even order a damn beer yet!

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Responses

  1. I completely agree with your top 3…not to mention #8 and #11.

  2. Can I get my money now?

  3. This list makes me realize how much music I’ve missed this year (and I think I listen to a lot of music). Pomegranates, Building the State and Street Smart Cyclist are all possibilities for my best of 2007.

  4. that is a dope list

    🙂

  5. […] You can see the full lineup here. […]

  6. I will note that the Algernon Cadwallader demo would have easily been #1 but while I did discover it in 07, it actually came out in 06.


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