We’re in the midst of preparing our best albums of 2011, but we can’t overlook the shorties that caught our eyes this year. These were our favorite EP’s of the year, topped by one of the biggest surprises of the year in Alabama Shakes. We’re locking in a session with them as we speak (fingers crossed). We’ll also be releasing a session with Ivan and Alyosha in the coming weeks. The twelve-piece collective, Typhoon, became a favorite last year with their debut album Hunger and Thirst and their A New Kind Of House EP is an outstanding follow up. I’ve also been waiting for The Wooden Sky to release something new since falling in love with his/their debut in 2009. Love his vocals. And lastly, ever heard of The Decemberists?
1. Alabama Shakes
2. Typhoon – A New Kind Of House
3. Ivan and Alyosha – Fathers Be Kind
4. The Wooden Sky – City Of Light
5. The Decemberists – Long Live The King