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The Unknown Extended Play refers to the extended play (EP) by Melanie Martinez that was planned to be released around September 2013, however it was scrapped later that month prior to the release.
After leaving The Voice, Melanie began to write the project at the end of 2012, starting with Bones Are Blue which was performed for the first known time in a livestream on December 5th, 2012. She started recording demos of the songs in the studio on February 14th, 2013 with THE ELEV3N, who produced an acoustic demo of Dear Porcupines and more songs. A Thousand Words and Rough Love were produced by John Feldmann in May 2013, both recorded the same session as Last Chapter (Never Stayed for Love).
Melanie promoted the EP by performing the songs during livestreams and concerts throughout 2013. She would collect money from her livestreams and StageIt shows to help fund the EP. Three of the songs on the EP were originally intended to be a part of her 2012 EP, Take Me To The Moon, which are Birthing Addicts, I Think I'm Crazy and Curly Cue.
Around June 2013, Melanie took to the studio with Doveman. In these sessions, Dear Porcupines, Birthing Addicts, Curly Cue, Time Flies and I Think I'm Crazy. Doveman's production sort of gave the EP a new sound: unlike the original demos, the new versions were more piano-based, also incorporating jazz and blues influences.
Jose Martinez confirmed that the EP was almost done on July 23rd, 2013. Melanie also revealed in July that she done a photoshoot for the EP's cover with Jordan Tiberio, however some photos including the cover one got corrupted so she had to do another photoshoot. Melanie also tweeted around August 21st, 2013 that the EP was coming out "very soon". This indicates that the EP was likely finished and was close to being released. The EP was scrapped in September 2013, and Melanie instead released the Dollhouse EP the following year.
Basing off the songs Melanie herself confirmed, live performances, among other sources, we can get an idea of what the EP tracklist looked like. The following list is not in official order but it's likely that these tracks would've appeared on the project.
- A Million Men
- A Thousand Words
- Birthing Addicts
- Bones Are Blue
- Curly Cue
- Dear Porcupines
- Night Mime
- Rough Love
I Think I'm Crazy was confirmed during the EP's early stages where Melanie confirmed that she was planning on reworking 3 Take Me to the Moon songs for the project. However, it was likely scrapped later on as Melanie rarely performed it. More speculated outtakes include Intervals, Last Chapter (Never Stayed for Love) and Time Flies.
- The official name of this EP is unknown.