Welcome to East of 8th’s roundup of music added to our Spotify playlist! This update includes in-your-face heavy rock, country-leaning pop, and everything in between! Take a listen and make sure to connect with all of the artists on our playlist!
SPIRIT AWARD: “PUSHING FORWARD”
Full of fuzzy, psychedelic noir, “Pushing Forward” is a haunting pop track from Seattle’s Spirit Award. The new song is an early taste of what we can expect of the band’s forthcoming album, The Fear, set to be released on May 19 through Share It Music. The band is using the album to help raise money for the nonprofit, MusiCares, through both a direct donation from the band and an ongoing donation based on part of the record’s proceeds. A personal song about sleepless nights, the negative impact the pandemic has had on artists, and growth and realization, the donation to MusiCares comes at no surprise: “I am thankful to have had the support of MusiCares and friends that helped me through a journey of growth and discovery. And knowing that no matter how low things get, there is hope,” shares Spirit Award’s singer/songwriter Daniel Lyon.
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THUNDERSTORM ARTIS: “SURPRISE”
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, pop singer/songwriter Thunderstorm Artis pours on the love with his latest single, “Surprise.” As he sings about meeting his wife for the first time, sentimental tenderness shines through on the vocals, while the track keeps its energy high thanks to its swelling instrumentation. About “Surprise,” Thunderstorm says: “It was at a time when I believed that true love wasn’t possible, but to my surprise, she changed everything, has given me new life, and has taught me to love in ways that I didn’t know existed.”
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TENNIS: “FORBIDDEN DOORS”
With “Forbidden Doors,” Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, the duo known as Tennis, give us the third single off of their new album, Pollen, which is being released today through their own Mutually Detrimental record label. The indie pop track blends dreamy vocals with an airy musical vibe that floats out of your speakers. “Sonically, Forbidden Doors filled out something essential that was missing from the record,” Moore shares about the single. “I took my time writing lyrics that fit the world without altering it. The music gave me a sense of driving away from something. Patrick and I have done a lot of that– trading one city skyline for another, releasing something to make room for what’s next.”
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TIGERCUB: “THE PERFUME OF DECAY”
Worried that our playlist is too mellow? Don’t worry, the Brighton, U.K. rock trio Tigercub is here to save your hard-rocking day. On “The Perfume of Decay,” Tigercub gracefully balances heavy guitar riffs with approachable vocals to allow the song to hit hard without feeling too heavy. On the recently released video for the single, the band and director, Michael Bedwell of Ultra Sharp Films, perfectly capture the dark, ominous nature of the track.
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LOUISE BURNS: “I DON’T FEEL LIKE I USED TO”
It’s impossible to ignore the overwhelming blend of Kate Bush and Depeche Mode vibes on “I Don’t Feel Like I Used To” from Vancouver’s producer/songwriter Louise Burns. Off her upcoming fifth studio album Element, “I Don’t Feel Like I Used To” uses captivating vocals paired with the music’s driving beat and urgent tones. The track is “an homage to my new found not really worrying about what people think my music, or me, might be, and focusing on what I like and what inspires me,” Burns shares about the song.
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PARIS RAY: “I’VE BEEN”
Out of Long Island, NY, comes singer/songwriter/former child actress, Paris Ray, with “I’ve Been” off her recently released album, Clementine. A (slightly) country-influenced pop breakup song with attitude, “I’ve Been” connects our memories to the works of Taylor Swift when she was straddling that genre line. While the song could be mistakenly described as gentle due to its acoustic guitar foundation, Ray’s emotionally building vocals express the underlying resilience and freedom of the lyrics.
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