‘The Work Tapes’ EP Brings Eric Paslay Fans Inside the Writers’ Room
Eric Paslay has been busy working on his sophomore album, but he’s also been eager to share music with his fans sooner rather than later. That’s why he recently released a five-song EP, The Work Tapes, to hold fans over until his next record is ready.
Paslay’s The Work Tapes EP, released at the end of July, is named for a songwriter’s “work tapes” — the first recording of a new song. Work tapes aren’t polished in any way; they’re often acoustic recordings made on the same day a song is written, on a smartphone or other low-tech recording device. Each of the five tracks on Paslay’s EP are in their “work tapes” form; he co-wrote all of them.
“While working to finalize my second album, I spent weeks revisiting all the songs I’ve written,” shares Paslay in a press release. “I couldn’t believe how many were left behind never to be heard, but also how refreshing it was to hear them again in their raw, imperfect state just moments after they were written. I hope my fans will enjoy listening to the very beginning of a songs journey with this collection.”