The Monthly Mixtape: Steven Hyden’s Favorite Songs From July 2018


Every month Uproxx Cultural Critic Steven Hyden compiles a playlist of his favorite songs from new albums.

The 1975, “Love It If We Made It”

It looks like 2018 is shaping up to be A Year In Which People Argue About The 1975. I like them, but I get why people hate them. In fact, I think part of liking The 1975 is appreciating that there’s a young rock band that’s brash enough to actually inspire intense feelings one way or the other. As far as I’m concerned, though, this song slaps.

Wild Pink, “Love Is Better”

This is my favorite song from one of my favorite albums of the year. Two albums in, Wild Pink are already masters of sensitive-guy rock, like a missing link between Jackson Browne and Death Cab For Cutie. Play this song loud the next time you see teenagers having a melodramatic moment in the rain.

Deafheaven, “Near”

This is the least metal-sounding song from Deafheaven’s least metal-sounding album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. You could play it at a nursing home and soothe the bingo players. It’s perfect for the dog days of summer.

Wilder Maker, “Impossible Summer”

This Brooklyn band can be broadly described as heartland-inspired indie-rock, though the sprawling epics on the group’s latest, Zion, resist easy classifications. Featuring the distinctive vocals of Katie Von Schleicher and the band’s songwriter Gabriel Birnbaum, Wilder Maker tunes tend to start off sleepy and smoldering before winding slowly but steadily to unlikely conclusions.

Thin Lips, “Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not The Band)”

If you are a punk band that aspires to sound like an arena band I will probably like you. If you happen to also be from Philadelphia, I will definitely like you. And if you reference the Gaslight Anthem in one of the songs from your latest (super fun!) album, Chosen Family, I will invite you to crash at my place when you’re in town.