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Alexia Shaw | February 13, 2022

Welcome to The Fodder Blog’s new weekly segment ‘Weekly Top 10’, where our lovely team of writers share their top song picks for that week. If you’re in need of brand-new, spirited additions to your tumbleweed-ridden playlists, you’re in the right place! 

For the week ending February 13, Alexia Shaw will be sharing her personal recommendations on the latest releases to hit the music sphere.

Machine Gun Kelly (feat. WILLOW) — ‘emo girl’

Released on: February 10

Between his recent engagement and his new music, it’s been a busy month for artist Machine Gun
Kelly. This is his first collaboration with singer WILLOW, who has expressed before the inspiration
she finds in pop-punk artists. ‘emo girl’ is no exception to this influence, and will easily transport
you back to the early 2000s, where heavy eyeliner and Avril Lavigne reigned supreme.

Peach PRC — ‘God is a Freak’

Released on: February 4

Still riding high on the momentum of her popular song ‘Josh’, singer and popular TikTok personality Peach PRC has released her first fresh single for the year in the form of ‘God is a Freak’. Like her previous music, PRC’s new hit is an upbeat pop song with a satirical message that you’ll be listening to on repeat for months to come.

Spacey Jane — ‘Sitting Up’

Released on: February 10

Triple J darlings Spacey Jane dropped a double whammy this week. Not only did they announce their new upcoming album Here Comes Everybody, but they also released ‘Sitting Up’ as the album’s first single. The song fits well with the indie rock sound we’ve come to know and love from the group, but it’s the lyrics describing a young person’s anxiety in a post-Covid world that makes this song resonate so deeply.

The Beths — ‘A Real Thing’

Released on: February 9

Hailing from New Zealand, The Beths tap into a similar subject matter as Spacey Jane with their layered new pop song ‘A Real Thing’. The group uses drums and a cheerful melody to cocoon their more pessimistic lyrics about the looming threat of climate change. Notable lyrics such as “wake me up when the world is fried” speaks to the younger generation’s growing exasperation over a lack of action. Activism, but make it a bop.

Dune Rats — ‘What a Memorable Night’

Released on: February 10

If you’ve been craving a new punk hit that you can headbang along to, you’re in luck. Brisbane-based Dune Rats have not held back in this drum-heavy beat—and this song is only the beginning, with the announcement that their fourth album Real Rare Whale is soon on its way.

Charley — ‘I Suck at Being Lonely’

Released on: February 10

Charley is one of many artists vying for the chance to be Australia’s 2022 Eurovision entry, and her submission ‘I Suck At Being Lonely’ is a strong offering by the Sydney artist. Charley herself has described writing the song “around one of the worst heartbreaks” she’s experienced, and the melancholy tone of the song certainly conveys that. A perfect song for mourning your ex this Valentine’s Day.

Mild Orange — ‘This Kinda Day’

Released on: February 10 (‘Looking For Space’ album), August 26 2021 (pre-release single)


‘This Kinda Day’ is from Mild Orange’s latest album Looking For Space. The song has a dream-like quality with its soft vocals and slower pace, and with lyrics like “this moment too/Will all make sense someday”, ‘This Kinda Day’ has the effect of a reassuring hug in a time of uncertainty for so many.

Ibeyi — ‘Sister 2 Sister’

Released on: February 11

An enchanting new song from twin-sister duo Ibeyi, ‘Sister 2 Sister’ is a beautiful tribute to the singers’ sibling relationship and their love for each other. The song is heavily percussive and the singing borders on chanting at times, creating some of the most powerful new music heard this week.

Ed Sheeran (feat. Taylor Swift) — ‘The Joker and the Queen’

Released on: February 11

‘The Joker and the Queen’ is an evolved version of the song of the same name from Sheeran’s album =. I use the word evolved because while it may sound similar in many ways, the addition of Swift’s dreamy vocals to the already gentle melody only improves upon Sheeran’s original music. ‘The Joker and the Queen’ also marks Sheeran and Swift’s fourth professional collaboration together. Here’s hoping there are many more to come.

Minor Premiers — ‘Like Summer’

Released on: February 10

Brisbane band Minor Premiers released two new singles this week, but it’s their alternative-rock song ‘Like Summer’ that truly stands out. It’s a bright song that will make you want to hold on tight to your best mates and deny that summer is ever going to come to end.

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