If you’re a music lover, you’ve already noticed how much great music has been coming out recently. So, this week we’re giving you 9 new songs instead of just 8!
This week is focused on a chill vibe. This playlist is ready for you to find some shade on these hot days and find some time to relax. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of rock and indie pop energy!
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!
“LEAVE ME ALONE” – iDKHOW (I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME)
“Leave Me Alone” combines all the fun elements of indie pop and indie rock. A head-nodding drum beat, wavy synth, and an electro-groove make this uptempo offering from iDKHOW a summer playlist must.
“OVERKILL” – HOLLY HUMBERSTONE
The third single from Holly Humberstone‘s astoundingly good debut EP, Falling Asleep At The Wheel. You can check out our full album review on East of 8th.
“SUMMERTIME” – DREW CITRON
Gentle electric guitar reverberates as Drew Citron laments the end of a summer romance. Citron’s wispy vocals, accompanied by a floating melody, punctuate the fleeting nature of seasonal love.
“SO MANY TIMES” – KEREN ILAN
You can physically feel the emptiness of heartbreak thanks to the emotion carried in Keren Ilan‘s vocals on “So Many Times.” The restrained use of electric guitar, a gentle drum beat, and touches of horns add a jazz-meets-blues simmer as the song delights in its melancholy. Ilan’s video for the song somehow makes loneliness feel even more lonely–a perfect match for the track.
“DANCING!” – DARIAN ZAHEDI
Get ready for an upbeat escape from the melancholy of quarantine with Darian Zahedi‘s “Dancing.” With a synth-pop-era David Bowie feel, this lighthearted song will lift your spirits.
“THAT EARLY LOVE” – NATALIE SCHLABS
A tale of enduring love is shared with tender, emotional grace on “That Early Love” from Natalie Schlabs. The song’s emotional impact comes straight from the sincerity in the artist’s vocals.
“LIGHTS OUT” – DEEP SEA DIVER
Deep Sea Diver, fronted by Seattle’s Jessica Dobson (once the lead guitarist for Beck, The Shins) pack a ton of musical energy in a single song. A sleek, high octane guitar riff throughout, along with Dobson’s gritty vocals, make this one an authentic indie rock track.
“STAR WHERE ARE YOU” – FIELD DIVISION
With an unmistakable Beatles influence in the air, Field Division brings us the psychedelic vibes of “Star Where Are You.” With hazy electric guitar accompanied with dreamy lead and floating background vocals, the song has a retro jam feel.
“OWN ALONE” – BAHAMAS
A melting pot of musical influences–pop, R&B, rock, soul, alternative, blues all coming to mind–Bahamas is the solo project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Afie Jurvanen. “Own Alone” is a toe-tapping, head-nodding, exploration of socialization in the time of smart technology…and has a chill vibe perfect for summer playlists.