This week we have some genuine indie and alternative rock songs in the mix. Real electric guitar riffs! Real pulse-raising drum beats!
However, the real highlight of this week’s additions is the wealth of female vocal talent. We’ve got raw emotion, groovy soul, and show-stopping tracks coming your way!
Without further ado, here is this week’s East of 8th playlist presented in the order they were added to the list. Music is sorted for an enjoyable “mixtape” experience. But feel free to shuffle it up!
“BAD ANIMATION” – THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN NOVELIST
We get a rare dose of real alternative rock on “Bad Animation” from The Next Great American Novelist. An upbeat, growling electric guitar riff keeps the energy high from beginning to end while the vocal hooks get you shouting along.
“THIS LIFE” – KENDRA MORRIS
Kendra Morris gives us a retro, groovy soul-rock throwback with “This Life.” The funky rhythm will make the most stoic hips shake and her sultry vocals will captivate the ears.
“CALIFORNIA DREAM” – ALICE BLOOM
Sometimes you’re hit with vocals that make you stop in your tracks and say out loud, ‘How haven’t I heard this before?’ “California Dream” is a breezy indie-pop gem showcasing the honey-pure vocals of Alice Bloom‘s singer, Flannery Maney. Balanced by just the right touch of piano and swelling synth, this is a song that needs to be on everyone’s playlist right now.
“LET YOUR LOVE BURN OUT” – HOWLIN’ CIRCUS
With “Let Your Love Burn Out,” you immediately hear influences of Arctic Monkey anthems, the gritty fuzz of The Black Keys, and, in the chorus, a touch of the swagger of the Struts. It’s songs like this that give a resolute middle finger to people saying rock music is dead. Howlin’ Circus also gives us a lyric video with style, expanding on the vision of the song instead of the phoned-in YouTube fillers that have become commonplace.
“NO ONE” – CARLY LIND
Vulnerable lyrics are delivered with raw, yet pristine vocals on “No One” by Carly Lind. With the melody provided only by acoustic guitar, the song embraces the emptiness the artist is feeling, packing a stark, emotional punch.
“LOVE ME HARDER” – COLLEEN ORENDER
Sultry, bluesy, classic…take your pick of adjectives that describe “Love Me Harder” from Nashville singer-songwriter Colleen Orender. A slinky blues riff, jazzy saxophone, and a powerful vocal punch makes the song feel instantly familiar, yet with a modern, fresh edge.
“GREENHOUSE” – MONTANA SHARP
Montana Sharp takes us to some dark places in her soul with a vocally and musically stunning debut single, “Greenhouse.” What starts as raw and minimalist builds into a passionate fury with a swirling storm of woven vocals, a stark single-stroked drum beat, and an orchestral accompaniment that not only adds grand strings, but also flourishes of trumpet, glockenspiel, and cymbal rolls.
“TOO BAD” – ROOM FOR ZERO
Vocals that conjure fond memories of Kings of Leon get a retro-pop touch in “Too Bad” from Room for Zero. The infectious guitar riffs, bright synth, and sing-along worthy hooks will have you instantly addicted.