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

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2. Tube OneOkto Vulgaris — Chur, Switzerland

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3. SpaceThe Head — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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

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

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6. MachineHello, Mountain — Denver, Colorado, USA

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7. The Hurricane EPMorganway — Norwich, England, UK

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

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9. Orphan PlanetOrphan Planet — Portland, Maine, USA

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10. The Truth & The LieSkies Collide — Brisbane, Australia

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11. Commitment IssuesAnyone’s Guess — Orlando, Florida USA

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12. Dark Matter EPAuditory Armory — Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA

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13. GoldenThe Talking Hours — Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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14. AnimalsBlue Eyed Sons — Helsinki, Finland

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15. Dark SwallowsDark Swallows — Boise, Idaho, USA

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16. Everything You Ever WantedStreet Pieces — Brisbane, Australia

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17. The Trouble With TeethLittle Coyote — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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18. A FloodTwin Strike — Brooklyn, New York, USA

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

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20. SkiddishThe Fallaways — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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21. FluxForm Constant — Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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22. Background NoiseTreading Water — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

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24. Wide OpenWeaves — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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25. Eclipse Of The SunLiquid Sunshine — Zurich, Switzerland

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26. Worn Out HeartHollow Sidewalks — Portland, Oregon, USA

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

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28. Coyote GunfightDynamite Thunderpunch — Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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29. Monuments EPStereo Honey — London, England, UK

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30. The GangThe Gang — Bratislava, Slovakia

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31. DriveSidewatcher — Detroit, Michigan, USA

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32. End TimesBrother Sister Hex — Denver, Colorado, USA

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33. SpeakHoney & the 45s — Chicago, Illinois, USA

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34. With — EPFencer — Los Angeles, California, USA

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35. Soul SicknessThe Versa Contrast — Revere, Massachusetts, USA

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

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

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

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39. DecadeFighting Jacks — San Jose, California, USA

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40. Gates Of ExpressionWildchild — Sibiu, Romania

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41. virus.Novembervägen — Stockholm, Sweden

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42. Hypnotic Illusions EPLiving Still Life — Sydney, Australia

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

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44. All Systems GoCODED — Cape Town, South Africa

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45. Wasted EPKreepy Krush — Minsk, Belarus

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46. Better DaysThe Clock Tower — Fukuoka, Japan

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

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48. Black and Blue EPLittle Raven — Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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

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50. Arcadia FelizAttikus Finch — Pamplona, Spain

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51. SublimationGravelarks — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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

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53. PolaroidsA Fire With Friends — Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

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54. Plan Of ActionThe Kingpins — Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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55. No Time to DieDaeodon — Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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56. Relics & CyclesBefore And After Science — Oporto, Portugal

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57. In ArcadiaField Of Giants — Oxford, England, UK

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58. REMSIAN — Tokyo, Japan

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59. AuraSet Fire — Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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

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61. StarlaStarla — Tacoma, Washington, USA

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62. Fine MotorFine Motor — Reno, Nevada, USA

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63. ClonesNaked Shark — Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

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64. SaltingKeeper — Washington, D.C., USA

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65. Radio SilenceParanoir — Thessaloniki, Greece

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66. Secret DemoShadow Party — Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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67. Flying HighLaneslide — Petrovsk, Russia

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68. WeightOld State — St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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69. PlaygroundParanoid — Lille, France

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70. Crash The GateCab Ride Home — Manassas, Virginia, USA

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71. Space and GritDomestic Blend — Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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72. Attic SaltAttic Salt — Springfield, Illinois, USA

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73. DemoPiines — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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74. Heavy DreamingPainted Shut — Garden Grove, California, USA

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

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76. Cinder BoxCinder Box — London, England, UK

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77. Heavy HighBruiser Queen — St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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

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79. In Plain SightElastic Blur — Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA

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80. As Far As The StarsNine Year Sister — Queensland, Australia

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

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82. SleepFawner — Cheltenham, England, UK

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83. The Forge SessionsHot Raisin — Norwich, England, UK

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84. PrimevalIron Heade — Rancagua, Chile

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85. EscapadePandelic — Yangon, Myanmar

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86. PatternsLongclaw — Portland, Oregon, USA

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87. DefectorHEAVYCRAFT — Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

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88. ChangeTraces — Tamworth, Australia

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89. ThomasThe Shaftons — Vienna, Austria

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90. ParasiteThe Coathangers — Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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91. WidowerWidower — Sydney, Australia

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92. Rock for LifeEarly Grey — Moscow, Russia

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93. First Attack EPSnappy Strokes — Krakow, Poland

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94. The StoryOceantides — Kiev, Ukraine

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95. Forgiver EPShoplifters — Novi Sad, Serbia

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96. SkollAstro Diver — Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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97. Alter EgoReplica — Buenos Aires, Argentina

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98. The Best ThingsBeat Off! — Kediri, Indonesia

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99. Kings — EPAugust Tides — Cleethorpes, England, UK

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

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

Master Relationship Builder & Networking Consultant 🚀 | prev. CEO @glipple | Published @crunchbasenews, @Startup Grind, @Mattermark| Humorist & music addict

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