That slight crispness in the air means it’s time to switch from our sunny songs of the summer to the more chill sounds of fall. The East of 8th playlist this week is full of tracks to share with friends whether it’s around that icon of the fall season, the bonfire, or while hanging out a little too late on a school night. (All socially distanced of course!)
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!
“NO SHOW” – WIDOWER
Channeling a Tom Petty vibe, Widower brings us a melancholic, yet anthemic folk rocker on his latest single, “No Show.” The deliberate drum beat and light touches of organ accent the song’s mournful quality, while punctuated piano and electric guitar gives it just enough edge to nod along.
“MAYBE IT COULD BE” – OLIVIA DUKE
“Maybe It Could Be” brings to mind a confluence of musical cues: the contemplative lyrical exploration of Phoebe Bridgers, the vocal crispness of Holly Humbersone, and the smart modern pop touch of Lewis Capaldi. The song smartly focuses on Olivia Duke‘s stunning, emotion-filled vocals–even as it builds from a gentle piano and electric guitar melody sad rocker to an electronic-beat-led pop track. It’s worth noting that at age 16, Duke has an uncanny musical maturity that simply demands your attention.
“BE THE ONE” – LUKE RATHBORNE
An upbeat melody hides the melancholy brewing in the lyrics on “Be The One” from Luke Rathborne. The song is propelled by its rocking drum beat, punctuated by its energetic guitar riffs, and sounds distinctive thanks to its heavily distorted vocals.
“THERE MUST’VE BEEN A REASON” – ALL NIGHT DINING
Get a healthy dose of good old fashioned indie rock on “There Must’ve Been a Reason,” the latest single from All Night Dining. The Manchester rockers give us addictive electric guitar hooks, pleading vocals, and a driving rock drum beat with a Kings of Leon meets Catfish and the Bottlemen feel.
“THEN YOU MET ME” – THE DEATHRAY DAVIES
Can we still call a song retro if the band was an actual part of the classic garage rock scene? With “Then You Met Me,” we get the first new music from indie rock stalwarts, The Deathray Davies. Psychedelic guitar riffs, bad boy lyrics, and a fuzzy sound quality remind us of of why we’ve always loved rock music.
“EVERYONE HAS NOTICED THE HAUNTING” – BURNING SALT
Burning Salt brings us one of the most distinctive sounding songs of the year with “Everyone Has Noticed the Haunting.” First, there’s the cinematic score which is led by a dramatic piano melody. Second, there’s singer Hannah Hull’s deeper vocals that add to the song’s ominous vibe. It’s a Nick Cave meets Patti Smith meets Rufus Wainwright piece of art.
“FORGET YOU” – PANORAMA SHORE
Indie rock floats in a dreamy haze of psychedelia on Panorama Shore‘s “Forget You.” The song has an airy feel thanks to its gentle electric guitar melody paired with a bright drum beat–crisp snare and ringing cymbal. Meanwhile, the vocal harmonies feel like they could be the whispers of consciousness being shared with the world.
REDBROCKET – THOMTIDE
thomTide, the project of New Jersey-born Lee Rutledge, daringly explores genre-defying soundscapes on “redBrocket.” Jazz, indie pop, and a twist of electro synth power come together on this less than 2 minute quick hitter. Of course, it’s the soaring vocals that make this a standout track.
“RUN ON YOU” – MAD ONES
“Run On You” from Mad Ones is a perfectly balanced alternative rock song–minimalist vocals and guitar contrast perfectly with explosions of anthemic rock energy. It’s impossible not to sing the chorus and play air guitar along with its electric solo.