July 11, 2012

MID-YEAR REPORT: Top 5 OPM EPs of 2012 so far...

While most music insiders don’t consider an Extended Play (EP) format as a legit body of work, we strongly feel the need to recognize its importance in the same weight as how a full length album operates. After all, how in the world is a 5-track record any different than, let’s say an album made of 12 songs? It’s just the number, dear. Quality trumps quantity in all aspects.

To celebrate the music of the past six months, we’ve ranked the top 5 OPM EPs that left an indelible mark in our hearts and minds. There has been a deluge of accomplished and brilliant local EPs rounding up this early, from Pedicab’s banging disco-punk shorties to Goodbye Yesterday Hello Today’s tech-industrio stompers. And man, we couldn’t stop counting even if we’ve only set the limit to 5.

5. Goodbye Yesterday, Hello Today - GYHT
Released on June 15, 2012

Packaged in earcandy maelstrom, GYHT combines stunted rock arrangements with dystopian electro sounds, dishing out the perfect film score for your modern doomsday romance. The Knife, Skrillex, Garbage and Nine Inch Nails can be heard all over their sonic muster, but as you listen to it all again, they seemed to create an insistent pulse of their own. Groovy, a bit goth industrial, daring, it’s the musical equivalent of a nightmare you can fall in love and dance to.
4. Earthmover – First Sighting
Released on March 15, 2012

“Earthmover’s willingness to showcase technical fluency without being overbearing in its approach warrants some attention. Flipping between noise and near-harmony, epic builds and curves—they have weird ways in coming up with sonic patterns that make listener expectations fed in full. And while there are moments of awkward transitions and pointless fillers, sometimes a result of grappling with identity, they still play the entire thing like sound board of daydreaming, letting their music do most of the talking. That makes the imperfectness in First Sighting seemed like a positive quality, and keeps our attention guarded from unwanted wandering.” Read our full review here.
3. RomCom – It’s Tight Like A Prom Night
Released on May 1, 2012

There’s a reason why it’s effortless to lump RomCom in with the rest of the pack trying to relive the glory days of the 90s. Their debut EP It’s Tight Like A Prom Night plays like some sort of a dainty homage to an era where slum books, dated chick flicks and cassette tapes have thrived and made waves in our collective consciousness. Catchy and unashamedly girlish guitar-rock tunes drip in here with candy-dot honesty that recalls Moonpools and Caterpillars or Fatal Posporos—only that instead of embracing watermark quirks, they opt to write confessional heartaches in a diary pinned with pictures of Moffatts and Freddie Prince Jr.
2. Outerhope – No End In Sight
Released on May 22, 2012

“Fresh from a successful stint at the major indie pop fests in the United States, Outerhope welcomes the mid-year salvo with an introverted, schoolgirl pop record that bubbles into the world of nostalgia-gaze daydreaming, childhood memories and rainy day chirp. Their third release, No End In Sight is a creative leap from their previous releases, dosing their twee-as-fuck sound with the stylish trumps of Rainway Children and the synth-pop flourishes of ‘80s bands such as EBTG, Prefab Sprout and China Crisis. Their playground has gotten a little bit wider, yielding more ideas from behind some impenetrable screen of idiosyncrasy. But despite being awash in textures and atmospheric swirls, synthesizers and layers of electronic drums, No End In Sight still sounds undeniably and distinctly Outerhope—lazy, softened, childlike, and whimsical—qualities that seemed to reject the whole notion of cool being tough, erotic and masculine.” Read our full review here.
1. Pedicab – Kaya Mong Mag Sando
Released on April 17, 2012

“On their latest 6-track EP Kaya Mo Mag Sando, Pedicab proves to their detractors that they’re still a galvanizing force in both the indie and mainstream music markets, busting shiny, disco-inflected punk tunes so mightily that we’re now embarrassed to be the wallflower that doesn’t know how to dance. This is more of a cousin to the band’s debut album Tugish Takish than a real follow-up to Shinji Ilabas Mo Na Ang Helicopter, with Sando bringing nonstop fun and escapism and accomplishing the feat where every songs (except for the filler title-track) want to be as tight as the singles. On first few listens, they’ve instantly dragged me to their delightful, four-on-the-floor anthems about drunkenness, summer heat and annoying insects the same way my friends or uncles would have remarked LOL-worthy innuendos in one of those beer-flooded nights. Suddenly, it feels like the 90s again, where everybody doesn’t even care about indie cred.” Read our full review here.

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