Erin’s Prime Slices (12/9-12/15): Alice Merton, Down Dirty Shake

Alice MertonMINT (power pop)

Alice Merton’s newest album, MINT, is a whirlwind of edgy pop jams that pack a serious punch. Her writing style is unique and memorable, and although she has had her fair share of skeptics, Merton has stayed true to her vision and sound. One of her more recognizable songs, “No Roots,” has a phenomenal hook and some really great, heavy guitar lines grounding the whole arrangement. “Why So Serious” is Merton’s own personal anthem about how music is supposed to be fun and creative rather than so focused on popularity and money. Check out the official music video below!

Down Dirty Shake – “Woman” [single] (psychedelic blues rock)

Sultry and drenched in pain, Down Dirty Shake’s latest single “Woman” is a slow jam for anyone drowning their heartache in anything but sobriety. This group takes classic psychedelic rock, and twists it with a touch of modern blues. Their lyrics are simple, but cut deep: “It’s getting harder/Vodka is water.” Watch the live video of their Jam in the Van session – you won’t be able to tell the difference between it and the recorded single.