This week the playlist is unfortunately the 7 X 8th Playlist due to the last minute scratch of one song. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of new music for you to listen to as you sit outside enjoying this early fall weather–at least here in the southern U.S.
Like the weather here in Nashville, this week’s additions are a little more…chill. Indie folk rock, dreamy pop, soul-meets-blues rock, and toe-tapping hooks abound. However, for our alt-rock fans, make sure to listen all the way to the end because there’s a couple treats on there for you!
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!
“SET IT FREE” – WAX OWLS
On their debut single “Set It Free,” Wax Owls give us a toe-tapping piece of folk influenced indie rock. With a Mumford and Sons meets Young the Giant sound, the song includes anthemic builds and drops. Rapid acoustic guitar and choral harmonies are its core, but splashes of electric guitar and horns make it complete.
“KEROSENE” – RETT MADISON
The star of “Kerosene” is undoubtedly Rett Madison‘s emotive, soulful, semi-twangy voice. There’s a raw power in her vocals that propels the song to a different level. The track has a distinctive quality thanks to its blend of country rock, blues, and indie rock.
“HELP ME” – LOW CUT CONNIE
Low Cut Connie has a talent for bluesy, rocking songs that make you want to clap along. With an infectious beat and funky groove, “Help Me” is no exception. This piano rocker knows just how to deliver the song’s call for compassion.
“THE LOST AND LONELY” – CEDRIC SAGA
The playlist gets a delightful folk ballad diversion with “The Lost and Lonely” from Norway’s Cedric Saga. The song has a gentle acoustic instrumentation that allows Saga’s emotive, baritone vocals to take center stage. It has a gentle poetry-set-to-music quality reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave.
“YOUNG LOVE” – FALCON
Falcon, the project of Amanda Lindsey Cook, gives us poetic indie pop on her latest single, “Young Love.” With emotion-driven, crystaline vocals, it sounds like a blend of Holly Humberstone and Taylor Swift with a chill beat.
“LOVE YOU BETTER” – SOCIAL GRAVY
LA duo Social Gravy gives us a bit of throwback, anthemic alt-rock on their latest single, “Love You Better.” The track is highlighted by its heavy use of noisy, scratchy guitar that makes it a legit rocker.
“HONEY” – THE YOUNG LOVE SCENE
The big guitar riffs on The Young Love Scene‘s “Honey” will remind you of 90’s alternative rock sounds from bands like The Smashing Pumpkins. Meanwhile, the hook-driven lyrics and mellow vocals add a touch of pop-rock dreaminess.