5) Nantes EP (Self Titled) – Nantes. Despite having a band name in which the pronunciation is somewhat debatable, a feat acknowledged by the band in their unearthed site, Nantes have had a pretty awesome run since being unearthed by Triple J midway through the year. Their debut record features some solid bouncy indie rock, with catchy rifts and clever lyrics that makes for an awesome driving sing along.
4) Raiders – Owl Eyes. I was a big fan of Owl Eyes (aka Brooke Addamo) last EP, particularly the song ‘Paper Planes’, and was so excited to hear Raiders when it was released. Luckily it didn’t disappoint with the title song (which cracked by Top 20 songs of 2011) being top notch, and the other indie synth supporting tracks each being easy on the ears. Owl Eyes is meant to be releasing her first full length album in 2012, one I eagerly anticipate.
3) The Jungle Giants EP (Self Titled) – The Jungle Giants. 2012 was a whirlwind for this Brisbane four-piece, having just finished school they got stuck into their talents for music and produced an awesome debut EP. The band uses cute lyrics on the now popular songs, “Mr Polite” and “No One Needs to Know”, mixed with soft drums and simple but catchy guitar rifts, to develop lovely care-free feel good songs.
2) Strangetalk EP (Self Titled) – Strangetalk. With the success of their first single, “Climbing Walls”, this EP signaled another credible addition to the Australian indie dance scene. The infectious song “Eskimo Boy” was a firm favourite of mine, and having toured mid-year with Art vs Science, I have no doubt Strangetalk will surpass themselves in their next album release. Till then soak up the sun “as its just another world for an eskimo”!
1) Uluwatu – New Navy. This EP produced two awesome songs in ‘Zimbabwe’ and ‘Tapioca’, and really announced New Navy on the music scene. I actually saw them live last year and they were solid, but the quality of the EP was higher that I could have fathomed back then. Drawing comparisons to Two Door Cinema, the way the band mixes high pitched guitar rifts with soft vocals and African style drumbeats really hits the spot, and has led to them claiming top spot on my EP countdown.