The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition

"I Love You Like A Brother" by Alex Lahey

Let's start with Alex Lahey, a talented Australian singer/guitarist. The title track to her new album I Love You Like A Brother is an undeniable, full-on pop blitz, and it's devoid of the unrequited love clichés you might expect. Instead, she sings of becoming friends with, well, her brother. Funny and unpredictable, this one's a keeper.

"Earth Moon" by MIEN

Up next, some psych-rock with an Austin connection. The band is MIEN (pronounced "mean"), and they are one of those acts made up of members from other established bands – the Earlies, the Horrors, and the Black Angels' Alex Maas is their lead vocalist. It's easy to get cynical about these all-star ventures, but these guys are clearly playing music for the fun of it. "Earth Moon," off the band's self-titled debut, rises up above the psychedelic haze.

"Star Roving" by Slowdive

And finally, a song we at KUTX have been playing awhile, but it still sounds amazing every time I hear it: Slowdive's "Star Roving." When a band decides to reunite after being dormant for years, you never know what you're going to get. In the '90s, the British band released three albums that were all shoegaze classics, and no one really expected them to pick up right where they left off. But that's exactly what they've done. The reunion album, called Slowdive, is every bit as good as their earlier work, and their recent show at Stubb's had them delivering the goods live as well. 

Produced by Art Levy