Posted on December 30, 2015

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As 2015 draws to an end, the DOINDIE team compiled a list of every indie album and EP released over the past year to spur a little friendly end-of-year competition. There have been so many albums and EPs released by musicians all over the country this year and it was impossible for us to choose even a handful of favorites to features. These musicians put their heart and soul into their work and often don’t receive the credit or recognition they deserve in the current music environment. It’s impressive that despite the hardships of being an indie musician working in Korea they continue to put forth such extraordinary effort and produce such high quality music across a wide range of genres for our listening pleasure. After working hard to promote indie musicians here at DOINDIE we feel we have a better understanding the many problems these artists face to get their music out there to their fans.

As sure as spring follows winter, the end of the year means annual of  ‘best of’ charts. We at DOINDIE don’t consider ourselves ‘critics’ with more knowledge and insight than any other music We believe that fans, not the critics, are the most important people for the musicians for without the fans, bands have no one to play for and no one to give them the energy and inspiration to produce their art. And so that is why we set up this vote in the first place. We know it’s a little bit of a popularity contest, of course … the bands with the most fans are likely to pick up the most votes … but still, it’s a bit of fun and it’s great to see fans getting together to support their favorite bands and musicians.

When we first set up this vote, we were not really expecting much of a response, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction and the sheer numbers in which people voted. Well over 4,000 votes were registered across the two competitions by over 700 individual voters for the EP of the year and more than 1,200 voters on the album of the year contest. This far exceeded what we expected. It was great to see so many people supporting their favorite bands. Thank you to everyone who participated and showed their love for their favorite bands!

Below are the top 10 EPs of the year, as voted by the fans. You can see the winners of our Album of the year contest by clicking here.

< EP Of The Year 2015 - As Voted for by the Fans >

1. <Prank> : Phonebooth

(259 votes)

Buy music by Phonebooth :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Hyang Music 


2. <Puberty> : Boys In The Kitchen

(167 votes)

Buy music by Boys In The Kitchen :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia


3. <Star, Fire, Night> : We Are The Night

(108 votes)

Buy music by We Are The Night :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia


4. <Take A Rest> : Laybricks

(104 votes)

Buy music by Laybricks :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia


5. <Sons Of Tiger> : Sons Of Tiger

(66 votes)

Buy music by Sons Of Tiger :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Hyang Music 


6. <Old Man's Room> : 10miles

(64 votes)

Buy music by 10miles :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia


7. <Fading Lights> : A-Fuzz

(50 votes)

Buy music by A-Fuzz :

Digital : iTunes (US) | iTunes (UK) | Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music | Yes Asia


8. <Billy Carter> : Billy Carter

(49 votes)

Buy music by Billy Carter :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Hyang Music


9. <Life Is A Dream, We'll Wake Up And Scream > : Rock N Roll Radio

(40 votes)

Buy music by Rock N Roll Radio :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Kyobo Bookstore (Online) | Hyang Music 


9. <First Confession> : Cha Yeoul Band

(40 votes)

Buy music by Cha Yeoul Band :

Digital : Monkey3Music | Naver Music | Olleh Music | Bugs | Genie | M-Net | Melon

Physical CDs : Yes 24 | Aladin | Hyang Music | Yes Asia

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You can see the full results here : http://wshe.es/5Fjjy4Jz
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