Have you ever been on your music streaming/provider service and wondered what that ‘EP’ next to your favourite artist’s work stood for? Consider yourself schooled in this month’s article, music newb!
‘Extended Play’ popularly known, as ‘EP’ is a musical recording that consists of more than one track however is too few to call itself a full-length album or a ‘Long Play’ (an LP).
One would think, “Why doesn’t the recording artist wait until they reach the right amount of tracks to be able to claim that they have an LP rather than a puny EP?” Well, just like any other artist in the world – if they believe that their work speaks to them and is ready to see the light of day – of course they would want to share their music immediately before that inspiration train leaves the platform. With a stroke of creative ingenuity and passion, sometimes an artist’s most simple work can be the most relevant.
Let’s take a look at these two recently released EPs that were able to capture this music junkie’s heart in less than six tracks…
Kevin Garrett’s False Hope
The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter is on the rise with this eclectic compilation of smooth soul and chill beats. Contrary to its title, his second EP has been a heaven sent discovery with each song delivering an array of emotional punches. This is obviously expected from an artist who has worked with the likes of rumored beau and rising star, Alessia Cara, and the ever omnipresent, Beyoncé. Notable tracks would be ‘Stranglehold’, ‘Pulling Me Under’, and ‘A Little Bit of You’.
After the success of his single ‘Something for Nothing’, the UK alternative crooner has freed these powerful statements from the shackles of artistic limbo and has brought the long awaited back to life. Praised by veteran artists, Pharell, Justin Timberlake, and Elton John, Rationale has delivered a short but sweet track list filled with his ardent vocals and poignant swerves shown in ‘Prodigal Son’ and ‘Reciprocate’. The four songs leave his listeners wanting more. Trust thee.
EPs are not as marketed to the masses like LPs, but with the boom of online music streaming services such as Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Music, it has become easier for artists to get their work out there compared to what the industry had five years ago. Short as they may come, gone are the days when fans would have to wait for a full album from their favorites. EPs have grown to be an artist’s constant way of expression; and with the help of these services, they become accessible content releases – reaching out to their audiences and letting them know that, “Hey guys, we might not be out there, but here’s some new music! An album is not too far away – please do wait for it!”
EPs may hold a few tracks but one should never underestimate that kind of power especially in a world as fast-paced as ours.