Spectral Nights’ Top 5 EPs of 2018

We’ve already shared our top full-length records of the past 12 months, now it’s time to look back over our favourite shorter releases…

Spielbergs – ‘Distant Star

The Norwegian trio’s EP marked them out as ones to watch with its Guided by Voices-meets-Beach Slang power pop.

Sœur – ‘Fight

The Bristol band are already a live favourite with so many music fans after their relentless touring schedule and the ‘Fight’ EP did not disappoint. A band with plenty to say, they wrap their addictive pop songs around with dirty grunge-tinged riffs.

Orchards – ‘Losers/Lovers

We started running regularly in the summer and had this EP full of addictive math-pop songs pretty much on repeat while working through the Couch to 5k programme. Orchards make catchy, fun, intelligent and danceable songs that instantly lift your mood.

Youth Man – ‘Five Songs

Now signed to Alcopop! after previous releases with Venn, Youth Man’s simply titled ‘Five Songs’ found the punk-rockers veering into more experimental and expansive territory – but without losing any of the aggression, ferocity and darkness that make them such an electrifying proposition.

Joe Booley – ‘Movements

Spectral Nights favourite (and occasional contributor) Joe Booley released his most ambitious work yet with the sprawling ‘Movements’. With influences veering from post rock to Julien Baker, the poignant five-piece track found Joe opening up about his mental health and anxiety and the closing ‘Movements 5’ – already a live favourite – considered the importance of talking to others when you feel they are in a dark place: ‘I will try to fix your life. And I will try to make things right

 

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