Believe it or not, 2011 was one the best years ever for new talent in the music industry. Of the many great things to happen in music this year, the emergence of the EP was one of the most interesting. The EP (which stands for ‘extended play’) is basically a mini-album, and it’s become a way for major labels to test the waters and wet the whistles of an artist’s fanbase. But it’s also the best (and most affordable) way for independent artists to release their music. These are my Top 10 EPs of 2011.
Fred Hystere’s #1 EP of 2011 is…………………………(yes, I’m this much of a dork)…………..drumroll please……..Southern Shores “Atlantic”!
My infatuation with daydreaming is a common theme throughout many of my posts about music – and no one allows me to do it more than Southern Shores.
Out of any artist I heard in 2011, no one came close to touching the unique tropical flavor that Halifax-based Southern Shores created with their debut EP, Atlantic. (Yes, I just said ‘tropical flavor’ and ‘Halifax’ in the same sentence.)
It’s interesting to me that Atlantic ended up being my #1 EP of 2011 simply because their music is a largely instrumental affair – something I RARELY get into. But the songs on Atlantic are so unique in style, that if you put on your headphones and close your eyes, before long you’ll feel as though you’re sitting in the middle of a native celebration in a remote village located on any one of a number of tropical islands around the world.
The diversity of sound on Atlantic is breathtaking and you will find it categorically IMPOSSIBLE not to smile while listening to each song. If that’s not enough to convince you, consider the fact that Southern Shores are signed to Cascine, a label with THE BEST ear for new talent ANYWHERE.
If you’re in good mood, be prepared to have it enhanced – and if you’re in a bad mood, get ready to literally feel the stress melt away. Check out Atlantic below. Enjoy!
Southern Shores “Atlantic”