I know, I know. I'm a bit late to the party, especially considering I wasn't even going to talk about last year's EPs. But in revisiting some of 2011's best extended play records, I could not sit idle by without telling everyone how exceptional last year was in regards to high quality EPs. If you haven't picked any of these up, it goes without saying that they come highly recommended, and make for great listens before 2012 really heats up. So, without furth ado...
Olafur Arnalds - Living Room Songs:
For Fans Of: minimalist compositions, post-rock, classical
Trophy Scars - Never Born, Never Dead:
If it is at all possible to wear out an MP3, then "Never Dead" is going the way of the dodo at this rate. I've listened to the track more times than I care to admit, and through all of that, I keep returning. This comes as no surprise considering the band has always been able to craft some of the most engaging music out there. Utilizing their typical bluesy post-hardcore sound, Trophy Scars have made a record that as adventerous as it is comfortable. This is the same band that's given us instant classics such as Bad Luck and Darkness, Oh Hell, albeit in a much more hopefully light. The record feels more uplifting and bright, something that may come as a surprise to longtime fans. And while there is no direct ranking in this little EP list, Trophy Scars is definitely the de facto EP you should check out if you haven't already. Get it, love it, and wear it out just like me.
For Fans Of: post-hardcore, experimental rock, alternative rock
Mogwai - Earth Division:
For Fans Of: post-rock
Cynic-Carbon - Based Anatomy:
For Fans Of: Progressive rock/metal, experimental
Circle Takes the Square - Rites of Initiation:
For Fans Of: emo, hardcore