Alternative rock is back! (At least for a few songs this week) We also get one of the more epic lo-fi tracks I’ve heard in a long time as well as a retro synth banger that you can’t miss.
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!
“HOME AGAIN” – DELTA SPIRIT
Indie rock gets a kick of electronic effects on “Home Again” from Delta Spirit. Giving the song a distinctive sound, the rhythm is initially led by an up-tempo acoustic guitar riff. Later, an electronic drum beat takes the reins as the song swells with spacey synth, frantic piano runs, and big electric guitar waves.
“ROPE” – CIERA JUILA
On Ciera Julia‘s single, “Rope,” folk dreaminess gets an electric guitar edge The vocals are full of power and emotion, yet smooth and pure.
“…FOR YOU” – PALE BLUE DOT
True alternative rock songs are hard to come by these days, but “…For You” from Pale Blue Dot brings back those memories from the ’90s when alt-rock was king. Pure baritone vocals give the song its distinct flavor while its rapid guitar riff hooks you in.
“SKIPS A BEAT” – JONNY DRIVER
The electric guitar on Jonny Driver‘s “Skips a Beat” highlights the ‘rock’ part of alternative rock. A driving beat pairs with power-rock vocals giving the work an anthemic feel.
“BOATMAN’S WEATHER” – PACE
Your ears will hear hints of The National–with hymn-like organ splashes–as the rich soundscape unfolds on “Boatman’s Weather” from Pace. The expressive vocals are pulled to the front in production giving the song sound depth and dramatic power.
“I LIKE THE WAY YOU TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE” – SAM ROBERTS BAND
I dare you not to nod your head along to the infectious beat of “I Like The Way You Talk About The Future” from the Sam Roberts Band. The song’s use of echo effects adds a hazy, trippy element, but the song remains true to its indie rocker core.
“ECHOES” – ROOSEVELT
If Roosevelt had created “Echoes” 35 years ago, it would have been the anchor song to a Grand Theft Auto soundtrack. Retro synth and disco beats get a splash of dreamy vocals on this irresistible track. Seriously, video game music supervisors best take notice.
“DON’T YOU WORRY ABOUT ME” – JACOB FAURHOLT
I was seriously conflicted on whether to lead this playlist update with this song or put it as the dramatic closer. Recorded in a home studio in Denmark, this lo-fi anthem drips Jacob Faurholt‘s personal, emotional energy. The echoed layers of synth, vocals, and effects have a distinctive quality that stand out in a world of copycat lo-fi songs.