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The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Oct. 4, 2019

Jay Som
Gabriel C. Pérez
Jay Som poses for a photo after performing at KUTX last week.

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

Let’s start with a couple of women playing ACL Fest this weekend.

"Forever" by Shura

First, British singer Shura, who’s sound is best classified as '90s vintage pop. Imagine some of your favorite early Mariah Carey songs, but they’re about kissing and having long-night, flirty phone calls with other girls. Don’t dismiss it as just being pop, though. There’s a lot going on in her multilayered sound. You can see Shura both weekends of ACL and on the new Bonus Tracks stage recording an episode of our podcast This Song. Here she is with “Forever.”

"Bury a friend" by Billie Eilish

Full transparency: I never thought I’d be personally lauding this next artist, but hey, you’re never too cool to appreciate a good song. Billie Eilish is one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now, having recently graced the cover ofRolling Stone. Slick, morbid and studded with just the right amount of bass, this song sweetly showcases the songwriting team of Billie and her brother, Finneas O’Connell. Also playing both weekends of ACL Fest, here’s Billie Eilish with “bury a friend.”

"Superbike" by Jay Som

And from LA’s A-list to its underground, this last song is by an artist I’ve been falling in love with for years. Melina Mae Duterte is the brain behind bedroom-pop outfit Jay Som. The new album, Anak Ko, is the first Duterte recorded with a full band. "Superbike" has catchy hooks, dreamy harmonies, and its lo-fi lean emphatically epitomizes the album’s hazy mood.

Produced by Art Levy.

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