100 Awesome Independent Album and EP Releases You Probably Missed in 2017

Here we are, back in December, and everyone knows what that means: more “Best of…” lists trumpeting the best new music on the scene. And as always, so much of the independent world flies completely under the radar.

For the last two years, I’ve drawn up lists of “100 independent albums and EP’s you probably missed” during the year. Here they are:

Now it’s time for list number three, and I am so excited partly because of how the map is expanding to include places which weren’t touched in the first two lists.

As with the first two lists, these 100 albums and EP’s come from artists all over the world. This year’s list includes artists from: Canada, the U.K. (England, Scotland, and Wales), Australia, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Belarus, Romania, Slovakia, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Myanmar, Spain, Portugal, Chile, Serbia, Austria, Argentina, Ukraine, Indonesia, Poland, and 28 different U.S. states. The independent world is very, very big.

I’m also pleased to see an evolution of my own tastes and appreciation; this year’s list includes more pop, electronic, R&B, and jazz influences, obviously mixed in with a healthy helping of alternative, rock, and metal.

So here are 100 of the albums and EP’s that you probably missed in 2017. All were released during the 2017 calendar year; imagine if the mainstream paid attention to all the artists out there, and not only the handful we hear about.

As always, albums are in no particular order.

Go expand your universe. You’d be shocked at what you discover.

1. Why Am I Swimming Around Like This? — Fishtank — London, England, UK

2. Tube One — Okto Vulgaris — Chur, Switzerland

3. Space — The Head — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

4. It’s Butter — EP — It’s Butter — Los Angeles, California, USA

5. Grace Blue — Grace Blue — Los Angeles, California, USA

6. Machine — Hello, Mountain — Denver, Colorado, USA

7. The Hurricane EP — Morganway — Norwich, England, UK

8. Tooth & Nail — Freya Wilcox & The Howl — Brooklyn, New York, USA

9. Orphan Planet — Orphan Planet — Portland, Maine, USA

10. The Truth & The Lie — Skies Collide — Brisbane, Australia

11. Commitment Issues — Anyone’s Guess — Orlando, Florida USA

12. Dark Matter EP — Auditory Armory — Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA

13. Golden — The Talking Hours — Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

14. Animals — Blue Eyed Sons — Helsinki, Finland

15. Dark Swallows — Dark Swallows — Boise, Idaho, USA

16. Everything You Ever Wanted — Street Pieces — Brisbane, Australia

17. The Trouble With Teeth — Little Coyote — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

18. A Flood — Twin Strike — Brooklyn, New York, USA

19. Bad Habit — Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disasters — Cardiff, Wales, UK

20. Skiddish — The Fallaways — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

21. Flux — Form Constant — Birmingham, Alabama, USA

22. Background Noise — Treading Water — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

23. Breaking the Line [EP] — The Strikes — Souchez, France

24. Wide Open — Weaves — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

25. Eclipse Of The Sun — Liquid Sunshine — Zurich, Switzerland

26. Worn Out Heart — Hollow Sidewalks — Portland, Oregon, USA

27. Start a Fire — The Burn Ins — Elkford, British Columbia, Canada

28. Coyote Gunfight — Dynamite Thunderpunch — Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

29. Monuments EP — Stereo Honey — London, England, UK

30. The Gang — The Gang — Bratislava, Slovakia

31. Drive — Sidewatcher — Detroit, Michigan, USA

32. End Times — Brother Sister Hex — Denver, Colorado, USA

33. Speak — Honey & the 45s — Chicago, Illinois, USA

34. With — EP — Fencer — Los Angeles, California, USA

35. Soul Sickness — The Versa Contrast — Revere, Massachusetts, USA

36. A Sign of the Times — Cold California — Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

37. Auto Racing EP 2 — Auto Racing — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

38. Note to Self — EP — Ready The Prince — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

39. Decade — Fighting Jacks — San Jose, California, USA

40. Gates Of Expression — Wildchild — Sibiu, Romania

41. virus. — Novembervägen — Stockholm, Sweden

42. Hypnotic Illusions EP — Living Still Life — Sydney, Australia

43. A Show For No One — Just Noise — Des Plaines, Illinois, USA

44. All Systems Go — CODED — Cape Town, South Africa

45. Wasted EP — Kreepy Krush — Minsk, Belarus

46. Better Days — The Clock Tower — Fukuoka, Japan

47. Tales of Betrayal and Deceit — The McMiners — Belo Horizonte, Brazil

48. Black and Blue EP — Little Raven — Nashville, Tennessee, USA

49. Hydra Plane — Hydra Plane — Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

50. Arcadia Feliz — Attikus Finch — Pamplona, Spain

51. Sublimation — Gravelarks — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

52. The Words We’ll Never Say — In Good Nature — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

53. Polaroids — A Fire With Friends — Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

54. Plan Of Action — The Kingpins — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

55. No Time to Die — Daeodon — Louisville, Kentucky, USA

56. Relics & Cycles — Before And After Science — Oporto, Portugal

57. In Arcadia — Field Of Giants — Oxford, England, UK

58. REM — SIAN — Tokyo, Japan

59. Aura — Set Fire — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

60. Karate Break EP — Karate Break — Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

61. Starla — Starla — Tacoma, Washington, USA

62. Fine Motor — Fine Motor — Reno, Nevada, USA

63. Clones — Naked Shark — Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

64. Salting — Keeper — Washington, D.C., USA

65. Radio Silence — Paranoir — Thessaloniki, Greece

66. Secret Demo — Shadow Party — Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

67. Flying High — Laneslide — Petrovsk, Russia

68. Weight — Old State — St. Louis, Missouri, USA

69. Playground — Paranoid — Lille, France

70. Crash The Gate — Cab Ride Home — Manassas, Virginia, USA

71. Space and Grit — Domestic Blend — Omaha, Nebraska, USA

72. Attic Salt — Attic Salt — Springfield, Illinois, USA

73. Demo — Piines — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

74. Heavy Dreaming — Painted Shut — Garden Grove, California, USA

75. MUTT E.P. — Whorehound — Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

76. Cinder Box — Cinder Box — London, England, UK

77. Heavy High — Bruiser Queen — St. Louis, Missouri, USA

78. The Endless and Unseen — Like The Ocean — San Francisco, California, USA

79. In Plain Sight — Elastic Blur — Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA

80. As Far As The Stars — Nine Year Sister — Queensland, Australia

81. Fever Dreamin’ — Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad — Austin, Texas, USA

82. Sleep — Fawner — Cheltenham, England, UK

83. The Forge Sessions — Hot Raisin — Norwich, England, UK

84. Primeval — Iron Heade — Rancagua, Chile

85. Escapade — Pandelic — Yangon, Myanmar

86. Patterns — Longclaw — Portland, Oregon, USA

87. Defector — HEAVYCRAFT — Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

88. Change — Traces — Tamworth, Australia

89. Thomas — The Shaftons — Vienna, Austria

90. Parasite — The Coathangers — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

91. Widower — Widower — Sydney, Australia

92. Rock for Life — Early Grey — Moscow, Russia

93. First Attack EP — Snappy Strokes — Krakow, Poland

94. The Story — Oceantides — Kiev, Ukraine

95. Forgiver EP — Shoplifters — Novi Sad, Serbia

96. Skoll — Astro Diver — Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

97. Alter Ego — Replica — Buenos Aires, Argentina

98. The Best Things — Beat Off! — Kediri, Indonesia

99. Kings — EP — August Tides — Cleethorpes, England, UK

100. Demos 2017 — Goodnight Cairo — Seattle, Washington, USA


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Originally published at adammarxsmind.com on December 15, 2017.