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Sowing's 2018 EPs

I'm not a big extended play guy but 2018 was a strong year for EP's. The following list is not in order of rank.
1Ravyn Lenae
Crush


Sleek and sexy EP. I'm not usually one to fawn over R&B, but this little collection of tracks is the perfect length, featuring five smooth, infectious jams. (4/5)
2Belle and Sebastian
How to Solve Our Human Problems


As a set of three EPs, How to Solve Our Human Problems is a little bit inconsistent, but aspires to some truly mesmerizing and gorgeous heights. Pt.1 and Pt.3 are the peaks, with a respectable but comparatively bland Pt.2. The highlights across the fifteen song experience are 'Sweet Dew Lee", "Fickle Season", "I'll Be Your Pilot", "Poor Boy", and "Too Many Tears." This is a high mark for Belle and Sebastian, proving that The Boy With The Arab Strap has competition as the band's premier release. (4/5)
3Rad Horror
Anti Teenage Sensation - Part 1


A poppier Nirvana with BN-styled vocals and production geared more towards the mainstream. Emotionally charged, highly energetic, and nostalgic all at the same time. (4.5/5)
4William Ryan Key
Thirteen


Mr. Key begins his transition away from Yellowcard and into a solo career with surprisingly strong results. The man has developed greatly as a vocalist and songwriter. Some of these tracks sound like they could be Elliott Smith songs. (5/5)
5Allelic
Reverberations


The 2 song precursor to Allelic's 2018 LP "The Smoke of Atavistic Fires." This contains the 10 minute "In Blissful Ignorance", a jaw dropping blend of folk and black metal that recalls Agalloch and progressive-era Opeth. Created by a user on this website. (4.5/5)
6Big Red Machine
Big Red Machine (EP)


Released digitally, I'm still not certain if this was ever confirmed as an official release but whatever. This has all the best tracks from the BRM LP that followed. A National/Bon Iver supergroup. (4/5)
7Dave Grohl
Play


Just one 22-minute, mostly instrumental, song. I'm gonna count this as an EP although again, I don't know what it is officially regarded as. Almost no one knew this came out but it's pretty good, at least better than the last couple Foo Fighters albums. (3.5/5)
8mewithoutYou
[untitled] e.p.


A serene acoustic/ambient EP that served as both the precursor and inverse to the LP. 'Bethlehem WV', 'August 6th', and 'Kristy' are three of the best songs to come out all year long. (5/5)
9The Tallest Man on Earth
When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground


Not Mattson's strongest work, but this EP is obviously up against some strong competition in that regard. Still an interesting collection of tracks, there's more hits than misses. Worth a cursory listen if you're a fan. (3.5/5)
10Rad Horror
The Part Where Julia Dies


The sibling to Anti Teenage Sensation, this EP isn't as strong as the first but it's still a very solid batch of indie-rock tunes. 'Gay' is the LGBT anthem of the year. (4/5)
11Aphex Twin
Collapse


Brilliant electronic/IDM work. An elaborately engineered matrix, sprawling in scope and bottomless in depth. Absolutely bursting at the seams with energy. (4.5/5)
12Boygenius
Boygenius


Slightly disappointing if only for a lack of integration/collaboration between all the talent present (Bridgers, Dacus, Baker), this is still a fine EP with a handful of outstanding indie-folk tunes. (3.5/5)
13Frog
Whatever We Probably Already Had It


This is technically a "mini-LP" whatever that is, but it's 20 minutes long so I'm tossing it in here. Goofy, sincere lo-fi indie rock. 'God Once Loved a Woman' is a SOTY candidate. (4.5/5)
14William Ryan Key
Virtue


The pristine acoustics of Thirteen, plus some added experimentation (vocal samples, blackgaze, electronics). The most daring step of Key's career thus far. (4.5/5)
15Sufjan Stevens
Mystery of Love


Beautiful, mysterious, moving little piece from a man who is at the peak of his musical career.
16AFI
The Missing Man


A cool return to form for these fellas, probably the most I've enjoyed AFI in ten years. (4/5)
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