Rather than review a new album, this week four extended play (EP) will be reviewed, some by artists that have had an album come out, and others that have albums on the way.
Haunt by Bastille is a great EP. Though their follow up to this album has been released, Bastille put a good foot forward with Haunt. The first track, Pompeii, is clearly the focus of the EP, having gained an immense amount of radio play prior to the release of their main album, Bad Blood. The song is upbeat despite a message which is one of caution mixed with a bit of fear. While this song is upbeat and catchy, the following song, Overjoyed, is a much different emotion, serving as the opposite side of the coin from Pompeii. Bad Blood has a Gotye-like feel to it, being both a bit muddled but strong. The title track, Haunt is probably the strongest song on the EP. Overall the EP is strong and serves as a good foot in the door.
While The Change by Churchill has been out for a year now and the band has broken up, the EP serves as a good example of what an EP should be. Each of the five songs on the album is strong and brimming with passion. Since an EP should serve as the equivalent of a resume to the world of listeners, there is no purpose in putting out an EP with anything but the best, save a few surprises to make a main album sound genuine and new. The title track may serve as the focal song of the EP, but it would be wrong not to point out Ark In A Flood, which is passionate and chaotic. Other songs such as Sing Out Your Love and Made a List is enough to fulfill the need for strong songs while inducing a sense of sadness that the band is broken up.
Lorde has also put a strong foot forward with The Love Club. The EP has a wonderful ability of putting childish concerns in a serious light and the highlight track, Royals, takes on the frivolity of modern teenage pop songs. Much like most EPs, The Love Club has a strong variation in sounds for the songs, though when compared to others, the EP does have a strong central message. Some of the tracks ask for improvement, but given the age of the artist, there is time for good changes to come. The best comparison to a well known artist who has released albums, would be Florence and the Machine, though Lorde is much deeper. For those that enjoy slightly moody and mature-sounding songs with a bit of rebellious flare, this EP is worth the look.
A New Kind of House by Typhoon has been in existence for well over two years, and it is quite possibly the best EP in recent history. Where most EPs showcase a few songs for an upcoming album, A New Kind of House serves as a background for Hunger and Thirst, which came out before the EP. Though the EP has some song overlaps with the album, the songs are done in a different style. On top of that, the album leads into the EP with the last few words of the album echoed in the first few seconds of the EP. The song combination of The Honest Truth and Summer Home is like a fine wine and cheese, if wine and cheese could make you feel overjoyed and relaxed at the same time. The songs are emboldening and the EP firmly deserves to be a standard in music libraries.