Now, most fans are happy that Sophie gave us "something" to listen to while we wait for the album, but is this EP a pathetic excuse for not finishing the album yet? Or is she genuinely busy working on something better?
First of all, thank you Sophie/Fascination for going ahead with the EP idea that several fans (including me) kept suggesting to you. If you are reading forums (official and unofficial), blogs, fansites etc., you will find a lot of fan suggestions that you could probably use for the album.
That said, i want to express my dissatisfaction with the EP. Sophie performed a new track at the Roundhouse and the least you could do was give us the live version of the song, if not a studio version leak. The whole point of having an EP suddenly seems pointless.
Sophie earlier made a statement that she wanted new material out this year. But now, inside rumours are that the album may not be out this year at all. Which is fine, she could still schedule the release for the first quarter next year, so long as she releases a single or two now.
There is ample time anyway till next year, and she can easily have two singles out before the album. That way people aren't going to forget her all over again. And she can continue recording the album between the promotion activities and later decide on a tracklist. She has several months to do all that. Sophie has recorde about 29 songs for the album, so what i'm expecting from the album (as are the other fans) apart from a number of singles is a number of b-sides.
She could try this:
September end - single release (preferably a Calvin Harris song)
October, November - promoting the single
December end - single release (this should be better than the former single cos the album will follow, and this song will have an impact on the album)
January - promoting the single, and pre-album gigs
February, March - single release along with the album
April, May, June - tour
May beginning - single release
June - promotion
July end - final single