Welcome to East of 8th’s roundup of music added to our Spotify playlist! We’ve got everything from Americana-pop to garage rock coming your way this time. Please remember to follow the artists and also to head over to Spotify to give our playlist a “like” so that it reaches more people!
Fresh from their debut EP, Sundress Songs, Rebounder’s latest single, “Dreamland,” is a splash of summer indie vibes. The band has shared past tour dates with the likes of The Neighbourhood and Phoenix, and the musical influences connecting these bands is noticeable. The song’s pop infused head-nodding beat, bright vocals, and shimmering electric guitar riffs are sure to find a home on plenty of summer fun in the sun playlists. “Dreamland is about closing your eyes and wanting to go somewhere else, and waking up 6 to 8 hours later realizing maybe where you are is where you are supposed to be,” confides Dylan Chenfeld, frontman of the band.
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SILVER SYNTHETIC: “THE DOOR”
It’s only April, but New Orleans indie/throwback rockers Silver Synthetic has already dropped the perfect song to pair with those forthcoming hazy summer days. The first new track since the release of their debut EP, Out of the Darkness, “The Door” feels remarkably retro due to its all-around minimalism. Jaunty guitar, a bright drumbeat, and a crisp, light vocal approach gives the song a jangle pop, oldies rock ‘n roll feel, but the building guitar solo midway gives it a classic indie spin.
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BRE KENNEDY: “RETROSPECT”
Fittingly titled, “Retrospect,” from Nashville’s Bre Kennedy is all about evaluating and moving on from the past. Kennedy shares, “I spent too much wondering what could’ve been, would’ve been, should have been, and I want to show up to life where I’m at right now. So much has changed in the world and in my life, I’ve grown a lot and I can see some of it in retrospect now.” While many artists take on their past through acoustic pop songs, Kennedy captivates on “Retrospect” due to her rich, storytelling lyricism and the emotional vulnerability that pours out of her vocals. While it may be acoustic, the building song never feels small, instead feeling anthemic in the vein of The Lumineers or The Strumbellas, with a slightly poppier twist.
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CABLE TIES: “TIME FOR YOU”
Some might say that garage punk rock is on life support now days, but the Australian trio Cable Ties might want to say something about that. Striking vocals, a rocking drumbeat, and loads of fiery guitar riffs fill “Time For You,” the lead single from their upcoming album All Her Plans, which will be released via Merge Records on June 23. This song will get stuck in your head, so don’t be surprised when you start singing along without realizing you know all the words. “‘Time For You’ is about feeling safe and happy with someone,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie. “I’m a pretty chaotic and anxious person and I always feel like I’m barely holding everything together and never have enough time for everything I’ve planned. When I come home to my partner James, I feel safe, happy and like everything is going to be ok. It’s like our time together sits outside of the timeline of the rest of my life.”
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ALEXA DARK: “FANTASY GIRL”
Serving up a heavy dose of throwback cinematic vibes, Spanish/American, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Alexa Dark gives us the mesmerizing “Fantasy Girl,” the featured track off of her debut EP, Dark, Vol. 1. Raised in Barcelona, Munich, London, and NYC, Alexa Dark is influenced by a blend of musical cultures—and inspired by noir films and French New Wave cinema. This diverse background sets the stage for Dark, Vol. 1, a themed album that takes the listener through a tale fit for a sepia-bathed Hollywood classic. About the featured track, Dark shares that, “‘Fantasy Girl’ confronts a secret third person in a relationship, one my partner is more in love with than me – but this third person is me, a version of me, a fantasy that can never be real. They are in love with the idea of me, and she’s becoming larger than life, consuming me until I am nothing.”
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