100 Awesome Independent Album and EP Releases You Probably Missed in 2015

With all the “Best of…” lists coming out now, I figured it would be a good time to shine a spotlight on just a bit of the amazing independent music that most likely slipped right by you this year. These artists are from all over the world — the U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K., France, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Ukraine, Brazil, South Africa, China, Israel — and simply don’t live in the mainstream universe. They live right below the surface, and are proving exactly why the independent universe is the place to be for real “new music.”

Here are just 100 of the albums and EP’s that you probably missed in 2015. All were released during the 2015 calendar year, so this gives you an idea of just how small a window into the music world the mainstream actually cuts. As always, albums are in no particular order. Do yourself a favor and go listen to them. Right now.

1. Staring at the Sun — Cherry White — London, England, UK

2. The Demos — It’s Butter — Los Angeles, California, USA

3. Bareknuckle Love — Freya Wilcox & The Howl — Brooklyn, New York, USA

4. Relentless — The Nixon Rodeo — Spokane, Washington, USA

5. Omens — The Furies — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

6. Welcome to the Whist Coast (EP) — Whist — Lyon, France

7. Millipedes — The Head — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

8. Free Recovery EP — Free Recovery — Guilford, England, UK

9. Save Me EP — Forever Still — Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Vacant Youth — The Path Less Traveled — Calgary, Alberta, Canada

11. Sleeping/Dreaming EP — The Abstract — Akron, Ohio, USA

12. Where Has the Music Gone? — General Tso’s Fury — Jacksonville, Florida, USA

13. For Machines EP — Limb to Limb — London, England, UK

14. Stasis — Lucid Fly — Los Angeles, California, USA

15. Ginger and the Snaps — Ginger and the Snaps — New York, New York, USA

16. Mirrors — A Light Divided — Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

17. Electric Symphony — Adam Singer — San Francisco, California, USA

18. The Fair-Weather Friend — Saint Savage — Etna, New Hampshire, USA

19. Centaurus EP — Centaurus — New York, New York, USA

20. Do You Feel Electric? EP — Miss — London, England, UK

21. Fever Pitch — Fever Pitch — Zaporizihia, Ukraine

22. The Steppin Stones — The Steppin Stones — Charleston, South Carolina, USA

23. Paint the Sky — Tigerface — Phoenix, Arizona, USA

24. Egressor — The Body Politic — Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

25. The Lost [EP] — The Beautiful Monument — Melbourne, Australia

26. The Black Swan Theory — Imber — Stockholm, Sweden

27. Turkana Boy — Thousand Days — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

28. Own Your Ocean — Direct Divide — Monterey, California, USA

29. Inside — Evenstate — Amsterdam, Netherlands

30. Bottoms Up (EP) — Old Pints — Køge, Denmark

31. March in the Dark: Chapter Two — Anyone’s Guess — Orlando, Florida, USA

32. Skies Collide — Skies Collide — Brisbane, Australia

33. Freakout Hell Bus — Bumpin Uglies — Annapolis, Maryland, USA

34. Darkstone Crows EP — Darkstone Crows — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

35. Let’s Get Dangerous — Backyard Superheroes — New Jersey, USA

36. Egoblaster — Egoblaster — Rouen, France

37. Bootlegger — Black Ally — Leeds, England, UK

38. Destination — Novembervägen — Stockholm, Sweden

39. Sick Like This — Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters — Cardiff, Wales, UK

40. Depths — Fogscape — Greenland (Denmark)

41. Runaways EP — Permission to Panic — Brooklyn, New York, USA

42. Get Free — The Freemen — Canberra, Australia

43. Burst — Venus In Aries — New York, New York, USA

44. Vagabond — A Reluctant Arrow— Oxford, England, UK

45. Burning Down EP — No Damn Good — Cascais, Portugal

46. Faces — Sydney Eloise & The Palms — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

47. West EP — The Red Harbour — California, USA

48. It’s Alright to See Black — I Shot Samo — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

49. Death of a Cynic — Only Forever — Johannesburg, South Africa

50. Medicine EP — Lucille’s Voodoo — Graz, Austria

51. Out of Order — The Pastures — Newcastle upon Tyne, England UK

52. Paintbox Fires — Paintbox Fires — Manchester, England, UK

53. Passengers EP — The Fallen Prodigy — New York, New York, USA

54. Dais EP — Dais — Jacksonville, Florida, USA

55. Demo — Third Season — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

56. Fourstory EP — A Black Eye Affair — Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

57. Come On Come Out — The Shooks — Lyon, France

58. Anchors — The Wonderlife — Palo Alto, California, USA

59. Rise to Fall EP — Altermind — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

60. In My Head — Hillary Hand — Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

61. Take Control EP — Free Sergio — Israel

62. Last Known Surroundings — Carousel Scene — Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

63. Jellyfish EP — Blaine the Mono — Orlando, Florida, USA

64. Francis Duffy & The Kingpins EP — Francis Duffy & The Kingpins — Dundee, Scotland, UK

65. Dead Echo Paranoia — Electric Deathbeat — Finland

66. Nuclear Minds EP — Nuclear Minds — Gandía, Spain

67. Gloomy Tunes — Weakend Friends — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

68. Bring the A Game — Beneath the Reef — Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

69. Half Blue — Half Blue — Wroclaw, Poland

70. Tottie & the Wanderers — Tottie & the Wanderers — Melbourne, Australia

71. The Black Album (EP) — AggronympH — Yichang, China

72. Perceptions — All Comes Down — Rotterdam, Netherlands

73. In Bloom — yougetthewordswrong — Moscow, Russia

74. Demo EP — The Last Exposure — Sydney, Australia

75. Bring The Light — Elie & the Engine — Gothenburg, Sweden

76. Blood Lines — These Little Kings — Glasgow, Scotland, UK

77. Bury Me At Sea — The Shillelaghs — Calgary, Alberta, Canada

78. Red Calling — Red Calling — Tampa, Florida, USA

79. Art Capital — Art Capital — Angra do Heroísmo, Azores (Portugal)

80. Sleepless Nights — Never Count Me Out — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

81. Battled — West Winds — Tucson, Arizona, USA

82. Where It Ends — The Joy Arson — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

83. Starcoast — Starcoast — Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

84. Augment — Noveaux — Sydney, Australia

85. Dollmination — The Inferno Doll — Santiago, Chile

86. Dreadful World — Dust Idols — Madrid, Spain

87. Revery EP — Revery — Johannesburg, South Africa

88. Stories EP — in Codes — Calgary, Alberta, Canada

89. Blur of Our Souls — Heavy Gloom — Moscow, Russia

90. Detours — Damn Mondays — Berchtesgaden, Germany

91. Do It Yourself — Count Me Out — Cardiff, Wales, UK

92. Generation Dreams — Teenage Buzz — Salvador, Brazil

93. Tide of Mind — Tide of Mind — Lørenskog, Norway

94. My Cruel Goro EP — My Cruel Goro — Italy

95. Small Town Ghost Stories — Take Me Alive — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

96. Summer Fits EP — Summer Fits — Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

97. Progress of Elimination — The Infinity Process — Toledo, Ohio, USA

98. RTP EP — Ready The Prince — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

99. Up Not Down — The Bright Black — Manchester, England, UK

100. Will We Never Learn? — The Pisdicables — London, England, UK


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Originally published at adammarxsmind.wordpress.com on December 18, 2015.