Ah, the Extended Play. Forgotten brother to the album and the single. Too often shouldered with the castoffs and hand-me-downs of their parent band. Stopgaps and filler.
In the right hands, though, the EP can be just as good as any album, and better than many singles. It can feature a new direction, act as a companion to an album, or just let the band let off some steam with covers. Below are some of my favorites.Watery Domestic
Despite being a move toward the cleaner production of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, "Texas Never Whispers" is my favorite noisy song intro. Also, I briefly attended a Lindenwood University, whose team was the Lions. No yellow and blue, though.Airbag / How Am I Driving?
A perfect EP an example--not only does it perfectly compliment OK Computer, it more than holds its own as a release--enough that it was nominated for a Grammy.The Tain
A 20 minute suite based on an ancient Irish myth. Such prog rock pretention would normally induce vomitting, but Colin Meloy makes it work.