KUTX Program Director Matt Reilly tips us off to the best songs ever…this week.
Mikaela Davis – “Other Lover”
When you hear the words “classically trained harpist and indie rock” in the same sentence, you will often receive some eye rolls. That’s what makes this song from Rochester, New York’s Mikaela Davis so great. No pretense, no preciousness, just a great song called “Other Lover” that makes intelligent use of a harp.
Angelique Kidjo – “Born Under Punches”
David Byrne and Talking Heads always used a wide array of sounds from across the globe for their unique sound. Having an African artist cover an entire Talking Heads record, in this case Remain in Light, shows how the mirror can work both ways. This is an interesting take on the Talking Heads’ “Born Under Punches” as done by Angelique Kidjo from Benin. You’re forgiven if this sounds like an Angelique Kidjo original.
Walker Lukens – “Baby”
Finally, bringing it back home to Austin, “Baby” by Walker Lukens. This song just feels like summer: it’s got playful lyrics, a breezy, soulful vibe and it’s instantly memorable. There’s also an 80’s, puffy-sleeve thing going on so it’ll appeal to a couple of generations.