Our newest editions to the East of 8th playlist are sure to get your attention. With the sun setting earlier and earlier, we packed this update with up-tempo alt-rock and indie-pop tracks to help brighten the mood.
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!
“SUGAR ME TIMBERS” – TREVOR AND THE JONESES
Frantic, punctuated piano and a driving beat will have you instantly addicted to “Sugar Me Timbers” from indie rockers, Trevor and the Joneses. The song is fast out of the gate and never thinks about slowing down. The song’s ending jam featuring chaotic drums, roaring electric guitar, and funky synth is not only a delightfully noisy treat, but is also guaranteed to raise the heartrate.
“AFRAID OF RUNNING” – FIND THE GHOST
Find The Ghost, the artistic project of James Brennecke, adds electronic touches to classic alternative rock sounds. “Afraid of Running” features fuzzy vocals, a haunting keys and synth melody, and a head-nodding beat. The song finds a way to add pop energy grandeur to a joyfully depressive alt rocker.
“NEW YORK NOISE” – WEAL
Danish alternative rockers Weal give us an epic rock jam on their latest single, “New York Noise.” The song has a cinematic feel, covering a large sonic landscape in its nearly six minute run time. Electric guitar is the star of the song as it carries haunting vocals on its wailing melodies and thunderous riffs.
“RAINDROPS” – THE BESNARD LAKES
Powerful guitar chords are tempered by dreamy vocals on “Raindrops,” the latest single from The Besnard Lakes. The song blends the lushness of Arcade Fire with the buoyancy of Beach House. The Montreal psych-rock band will leave you in an ethereal musical haze.
“ROUTE 23” – FIRST RESPONDER
Recorded mostly live in a barn at singer Sierra Mollenkopf’s parents’ farm, “Route 23” from First Responder combines indie rock melodies with gentle indie-pop vocals. After a series of life disruptions, Mollenkopf wanted “Route 23” to include equal parts nostalgia and openness for a positive future. The song’s hopeful message is set to bright guitar chords and crisp snare giving it an uplifting quality.
“TEN MILES HIGH” – JUTTY TAYLOR
Jutty Taylor, the solo project of Los Angeles-based artist Justin Taylor, brings us “Ten Miles High,” the first single from his upcoming debut album, Little Seizures. The song has a dreamy indie rock quality with added electronic touches that will remind the listener of older works from Beck. There’s just enough of a funky edge to make your head nod along to the beat.
“HAPPY” – EGOISM
Sydney’s EGOISM combines alt-rock guitar riffs, an indie pop-rock drum beat, and a shoegaze vibe on their latest single, “Happy.” The up-tempo track has enough noise to elevate the pulse, but is restrained enough to let you enjoy the duo’s harmonies. The song is a wonderful mix of rock and pop influences.
“COUNT ME IN” – FOR TUESDAY
Indie rock gets the lo-fi treatment on For Tuesday‘s latest single, “Count Me In.” The song has a strong throwback feel thanks to its cassette tape looped core and mesmerizing synth solo. The brooding lyrics feel detached from the ebbs and flows of the music, punctuating the underlying melancholy.