KUTX host Laurie Gallardo shows us the best songs ever… for this week!

Christine and The Queens – “Doesn’t Matter”

We’ll start with one from Paris-based synth-pop outfit Christine and The Queens, led by songwriter Heloise Letissier, and the single “Doesn’t Matter,” from the forthcoming album, Chris. Now, this is gonna be the band’s second album, which is coming out next month. With an infectious danceable beat, “Doesn’t Matter” carries some heavy subject matter – like, contemplating one’s existence, the belief in an omnipotent being, God, or if anything really means anything anymore. Bring it on.

Natalie Prass – “Short Court Style”

Up next: An artist that teamed up once again with producer Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb House Band to hone in on some tasty R&B, funk and disco vibes, Natalie Prass with “Short Court Style.” Some soft, smooth and sweet vocals on this one, and pretty much throughout her album, The Future and the Past. And Natalie’s here to remind you: Love is hard work. Do it.

Damien Jurado – “Random Fearless”

Last but not least, a longtime favorite of mine, the master of supreme subtleties, Damien Jurado, with “Random Fearless,” from his self-produced album, The Horizon Just Laughed. The tones on this track may be soft, but don’t be deceived; there’s an intensity there burning like amber amid those hushed vocals and stripped-down rhythms. And this is a fire that takes you places. You’re teleported in his gorgeous lyrical journey through human desire. “Random Fearless” is – dare I say it? – sexy.

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