100 Awesome Independent Album and EP Releases You Probably Missed in 2016

It’s that time of the year again — when all those “Best of…” lists come out telling us the supposed cream-of-the-crop releases in music. And as happens every year, they skate right over the slew of amazing independent releases that dropped into our lives.

Last year, I drew up a list of 100 independent albums you probably missed in 2015. Now it’s time to do the same for 2016.

In the interest of fairness, its important to note that most of these releases simply follow my personal taste in music genre-wise; they certainly don’t encompass all the amazing independent albums that came out this year in jazz, EDM, rap, classical, or other styles.

As with last year’s list, these 100 albums and EP’s come from artists all over the world. This year’s list has artists from: Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, China, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Germany, Israel, China, Mexico, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and from 20 different U.S. states. That’s how big the independent universe is, regardless of genre.

So here are just 100 of the albums and EP’s that you probably missed in 2016. All were released during the 2016 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 expand your universe. You’d be shocked at what you discover.

1. Forget About ItIt’s Butter — Los Angeles, California, USA

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2. I Talk to StrangersI Talk to Strangers — London, England, UK

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3. The Centauri Conspiracies: Part 1 — The AwakeningSunshine & Bullets — Tampa, Florida, USA

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4. Colours Chelsea Shag — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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5. Good DaysSkyline — Austin, Texas, USA

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6. Muster PointJeeps — London, England, UK

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7. ScarsForever Still — Copenhagen, Denmark

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8. Body WarsJune Divided — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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9. Silent ElephantSilent Elephant — Lille, France

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10. The Parts We SaveHeel — London, England, UK

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11. Breaking FreeA Truth Divides — Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

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12. EmergenceHour 24 — Temperance, Michigan, USA

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13. Hardly Loaded EPPhantomHead — Lynchburg, Virginia, USA

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14. Tough LoveBloody Diamonds — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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15. A Moment of SilenceThe Funeral Portrait — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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16. EpicentreBouquet of Dead Crows — London, England, UK

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17. She SpeaksShe Speaks — Kildare, Ireland

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18. WandererRed Handed Denial — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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19. Dark NarrowsLights That Change — Flintshire, Wales, UK

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20. The ReIntroductionAlmost Kings — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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21. BlackSuan — Athy, Ireland

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22. Mean SomethingKinder Than Wolves — Orlando, Florida, USA

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23. For Your ObliterationThe Dead Deads — Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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24. No Mirror / Baby StepsBirdeatsbaby — Brighton, England, UK

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25. Screech BatsScreech Bats — London, England, UK

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26. Five KitesFive Kites — Uckfield, England, UK

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27. Pow WowRed Apple — Madrid, Spain

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28. HoopdriverHoopdriver — London, England, UK

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29. The Mud Lords EPThe Mud Lords — San Francisco, California, USA

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30. StonesCherry Water — Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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31. Please Welcome Imperial JadeImperial Jade — Barcelona, Spain

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32. From The CaveFrom The Cave — London, England, UK

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33. Imminent for Your InterestsPeople Like Us. — Los Angeles, California, USA

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34. Otra Vez ISidewatcher — Detroit, Michigan, USA

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35. EraserheadEraserhead — Aurora, Illinois, USA

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36. AlterhoodAlterhood — Tel-Aviv, Israel

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37. Eugenia EPDarla and the Blonde — London, England, UK

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38. Cosmophonie EPCosmophone — Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

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39. Hit the AirBasic Land — Monterrey, Mexico

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40. Born to DancePürple — Brighton, England, UK

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41. Double A-SideThe Mis-Made — Sydney, Australia

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42. Refuse to Shine EPMr.Mountain — Portsmouth, England, UK

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43. Gaining PerspectiveGlory Days — Brisbane, Australia

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44. The Sky, the Lie, and Who We Are Before We DieTrue North — Los Angeles, California, USA

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45. Luxury EPPatio — New York City, New York, USA

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46. PhantasmagoriaWhite Claudia — Chicago, Illinois, USA

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47. Cruise DealMirror Travel — Austin, Texas, USA

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48. Call Me by NameGood Fiction — Albany, New York, USA

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49. BipolarKreepy Krush — Minsk, Belarus

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50. Good HangsLauren Patti — New Jersey, USA

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51. Copper CrownCopper Crown — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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52. CuatroTranparentes — Alicante, Spain

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53. It’s Too Bright InsideLush Vibes — Vallejo, California, USA

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54. Ropes EndRopes End — New York City, New York, USA

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55. Only RosesCarissa Johnson — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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56. Theories of the UniverseHaunted Ghost Town — Sunnyvale, California, USA

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57. Soft Grudge — Mulligrub — Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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58. Dirty LyxxDirty Lyxx — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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59. StagesKopacetic — Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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60. Much Love — Microwave — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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61. MetadonnaMetadonna — Valencia, Spain

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62. Break Down the WallsBreak Down the Walls — Hawthorne, New York, USA

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63. Stuff EPMy Cruel Goro — Iceland

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64. ShadowboxVivienne the Witch — Perugia, Italy

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65. In the Arms of the SunVox Vocis — Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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66. DiscourseSex With Strangers — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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67. Sleep Tight, When You Wake Up We’ll Be GoneThe Few. — St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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68. Harmony and DisconnectRising Down — Tampa, Florida, USA

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69. VectorsYeah Sure Whatever — Marin, California, USA

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70. DEVILTRAINDEVILTRAIN — Bamberg, Germany

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71. Buried in the SoundLost Frontiers — Pomona, California, USA

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72. Nosebleed WeekendThe Coathangers — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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73. The Eternal SeaThe Eternal Sea — Tauranga, New Zealand

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74. Traces EPTraces — Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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75. ElevationWe Are The Catalyst — Gothenburg, Sweden

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76. MABON SONGSCrypt Trip — San Marcos, Texas, USA

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77. Angel — Heroes — Los Angeles, California, USA

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78. Swan Valley HeightsSwan Valley Heights — Munich, Germany

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79. AbandonedCounter Theory — Valparaiso, Indiana, USA

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80. AntsAnts — Rivergaro, Italy

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81. The Journey (EP)Rusty Joe — Casais, Portugal

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82. SpectraMyrrias — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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83. Dimensionauts EPRobot Jurassic — Edgewater, Maryland, USA

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84. BelieverWeird Neighbours — Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

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85. Hell Is Not Other People, It’s YouThe Republic of Trees — Scarborough, England, UK

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86. The LippiesThe Lippies — Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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87. Far Away, As We FadeAggronympH — Yichang, China

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88. The DepartedSummer Drive Home — Weymouth, England, UK

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89. Mix TapeThe Hang Lows — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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90. SweetMeatThe BlackLava — Torino, Italy

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91. SingularityFight Like Sin — Lafayette, Indiana, USA

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92. Chasing a PhantomChanging Scene — Bel Aton, Maryland, USA

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93. Abandoned HomesThe Aesthetic — Seattle, Washington, USA

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94. ConnectorFable Circuit — Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA

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95. InburnInburn — Illigan City, Phillipines

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96. The Lost Ones (EP)LUNGS — Sacramento, California, USA

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97. AmbulanceThe Amazing — Stockholm, Sweden

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98. DetoxPyke — Arendal, Norway

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99. Start AgainThe Middle Ground — Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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100. Valley Queen EPValley Queen — Los Angeles, California, USA

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Originally published at adammarxsmind.wordpress.com on December 14, 2016.

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