All my ongoing musical research has led me to notice one trend in particular: that the EP is emerging as the primary vessel for recorded music. Not that the album is dead or dying by any means; I still see plenty of great LPs all over the place. But more often, I'll see bands with whole discographies of short-form records. Bands will debut with six- or seven-song releases. Some will even gain significant traction off a format that was initially used to tease the interest of labels, who would then fund the recording of a debut LP.