The Best of 2019 (EP’s)



Another great year for jangle and a another great year for the dying art of the EP! …Here are our top 15 for the year in strictly preferential order, with huge thanks to all these great acts!


1.  together PANGEA  –  Dispassionate (Self released)

Dispassionate is the moon and Non Stop Paranoia was the sun,” vocalist/guitarist William Keegan explained further. These new songs are kind of the opposite of the last batch. They are calmer and self-reflective, and the style is influenced by the 50’s and 60’s revival that happened in the 80’s.” (Consequence of Sound)


2.  Ducks Unlimited  –  Get Bleak (Bobo Integral)

Frequently featuring washed out melodies atop loosely strummed guitar layers and repetitive drum patterns, ‘Get Bleak’ instantly had me reminiscing on an indie rock sound nearly a decade old. (Post Trash)


3.  Trying  –  I Won’t Let You Lose The Rhythm (Self released)

Confounding expectation at every turn, the mixture of rhythmic post punk angularity, acoustic jangle pop, recurring high pitched wail and lo-fi sounding arrangements… –(Indie30)


4.  Stoop Kid  –  Uhm Yeah Sure (Gazer Tapes)

Stoop Kid, who is one Jens Rubens, have released an EP consisting of four bedroom pop songs that jangle in and out of your consciousness like no tomorrow thanks to the guitar and vocal style. The retro sounding Nothing From Under The Sink is my pick of the bunch but there isn’t a duff moment here – (Records I Like)


5.  L I P S  –  L I P S EP (Sunday Records)

LIPS’ influences seem to be a type of lo-fi dreampop on the edge of twee with some dabs of classic shoegaze & britpop thrown in here and there. It’s nostalgic indiepop, harking back to the jangly bands from the late 80’s/early 90’s, like the Sarah & Creation rosters, but also Sunday Records…(Fadeawayradiate)


6.  Fanclub  –  All The Same (Self released)

Fanclub may share a lot of the DNA of their nostalgic peers– New Order guitar hooks, Chromatics melodies and aloofness, Human League synths– but they’re a band with serious pop chops and enviable charisma as well as the ability to make well-trodden influences sound if not new at least exciting again. (Vrld)


7.  William Tyler  – Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Session (Merge Records)

…the finger plucking nature of his work and the sense of time and distance he conveys with subtles variations in tempo and intensity means that the beautiful is accentuated (Janglepophub)


8.  The Memory Fades  – She Loves The Birds (Sunday Records)

…Sandra from the Golden Glades radio show, described their sound as bit of Trip / Super 8, but with bigger TVPs influence (Last Day Deaf)


9.  The Trimatics  – Finally! EP 1 (Self released)

The time has arrived and The Trimatics have released their much-anticipated trio of EPs, Finally!. And if you’re not already a fan of their timeless firebrand of post-punk jangle or their flair for odes to the New Romantic era or perhaps better than most nods to late 60’s garage…you no longer have an excuse…Global Texan Chronicles


10.  Papercuts  – Kathleen Says (Slumberland Records)

 ‘Kathleen Says‘ is a gorgeous slice of modern Spectorian pop that adds a psychedelic edge to the perfect pop melodies. Sitting somewhere between The Rain Parade and The Jesus & Mary Chain…(Circuit Sweet)


11.  The Reds, Pinks and Purples  – Last Summer in a Rented Room (Self Released)

After the release of the brilliant Anxiety Art album Glenn Donaldson’s latest project seem intent on maintaining similar quality with this lovely slice of jangly indie-pop…(Janglepophub)


12.  The Slow Summits  – Languid Belles (Self Released)

The Swedish band The Slow Summits are doing everything exactly right as far as this indie-pop fan is concerned. Combining lead vocals that owe lots to those of Calvin Johnson from Beat Happening and spry melodies that are clearly reminiscent of tunes from the early years of The Go-Betweens or Orange Juice, the four-piece know how to push the right buttons…(A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed)


13.  Late Note  – Good Morning This Afternoon (Self Released)

Sparse alt.jangle in the same vein as early Meat Puppets or a modern day Relax to Push. Will appeal to all thosewho crave a certain element of fraction in their jangle…(Janglepophub)


14.  Dilary Huff  – Overused Sayings (Devil Town Tapes)

The recording project of Melbourne’s Sally Hull, Dilary Huff works in emotive lo-fi songs pitched somewhere between the fuzzy intimacy of bedroom pop and the buoyant energy of pop punk and emo. The marriage of styles is a clever one as the added bite of the latter allows the sincerity of the former to flourish without ever tipping into its saccharine excesses (Various Small Flames)


15.  Theatre Royal  – Incidental Friend (Vacilando 68 Recordings)

…with fluttering tapped out drums, the brilliance of fluttering jangled riffs and plaintive lyrics.  Fragile, but still manly in their own way, these tracks are the sound of men without bravado / ego…Janglepophub


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