Best Songs Ever…9.13.19

Photos from left to right – (Lillie Mae; Shannon Lay; SOAK)

KUTX Host Laurie Gallardo spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.

Lillie Mae – “Crisp and Cold”

My first selection comes from an artist I’ve been hooked on for awhile now, since her 2017 debut album Forever and Then Some, on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Lillie Mae has played fiddle since she was three. She’s also an accomplished vocalist and songwriter coming into her own now with an awesome, searing new album, Other Girls. This one is darker and more intense. And her voice has a unique power to it; she can sound vulnerable, then unabashedly damning, all at once. And that’s why I love it so much. From this new album, I’ve got this track for you, “Crisp and Cold.”

Shannon Lay – “August”

Next up is the title track to Shannon Lay’s official debut on the Sub Pop label, “August.” This is also Lay’s first solo album that she recorded with Ty Segall. Lay is awesome on multiple levels; not only does she own this gorgeous folk aesthetic, but she also makes music with punk quartet Feels, and she performs in Segall’s Freedom Band. “August” is in reference to the time in 2017 when she quit her day job and committed herself entirely to music.

SOAK – “Knock Me Off My Feet”

And my third pick is by Northern-Irish songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK. You may have seen SOAK a few years back doing a Tiny Desk Concert on NPR Music. The track I have for you today is “Knock Me Off My Feet,” from her latest album Grim Town. It’s been described as a kind of love letter to small-town culture, and that often, we can be our own best friends and our worst enemies. This is SOAK, with “Knock Me Off My Feet.”

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