Photos (L/R): Grupo Fantasma, Tame Impala, Mavis Staples
KUTX’s Matt Reilly shares this week’s Best Songs Ever!
Grupo Fantasma- “Cuidado”
First up, music from Austin’s Grupo Fantasma. Their new album American Music Vol. VII is a continuation of the process that makes them both wholly unique and beloved: mixing various musical influences to create songs that are infectious, relatable and danceable. This song is the perfect example: it’s called “Cuidado.”
Next, we take it down under for the Australian outfit Tame Impala. Kevin Parker and company made their name as a psych rock band but have since transitioned into a, dare I say it, smoother band. This song makes us want to go roller skating. It’s called “Patience.”
Finally, American icon Mavis Staples. Lyrically, it’s a song that would have worked in the civil rights era just as easily as today, giving it a timeless quality. Add to that the gut- bucket blues production and you have a song rooted in both past and present, which shows us that not that much has changed since we were first introduced to Mavis over 60 years ago. It’s called “Change.”