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Weekly Top Ten—May 9 to 15 2022

Isabella Ross shares a 10 track peek into her favourite new releases from the last week (or so). Buckle in as we bounce around Australia discovering home grown talent before heading to Ireland and beyond for a few international tasters.

Music Music Reviews

Exploring Twenties’ Restlessness With Catchy Pop-Punk Umph: A Review Of Bugs’ ‘Cooties’

In their new album ‘Cooties’, Brisbane trio Bugs dive into their sound evolution now combining  surfer-punk music with a powerful pop-umph. The combination creates incredibly catchy songs that use 2000’s pop-punk radio classics to frame the feelings of toxic masculinity and loneliness that inhabit our twenties.

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44 Ardent on ‘pieces’ and upcoming releases: “A lot of creative choices happen without me really planning them”

Nostalgia, happiness, melancholy. Australian music producer 44 Ardent weaves these together in ‘pieces’, making for a musically and emotionally complex single resisting easy characterisation. Radio Fodder speaks to the musician on his artistry, creative processes and what’s in store for the coming year.

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Interview: Julius Black on Experimental Alt-Pop Sophomore EP, ‘Together We Go Down In The Dark’

Soft, dark and haunting. Kiwi artist Julius Black is back on the alt-pop scene with his latest EP, ‘Together We Go Down In The Dark’, an episodic visage of one’s descent into a toxic love-induced madness. Julius Black tells Nishtha of his creative process, themes and thoughts on the new release.

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Death and Rebirth in California: ‘The Dream’ by alt-J

In The Dream, alt-J firmly plant themselves in the American landscape, in all of its heat-stroke and bluesy glory. The record is like basking under Californian sun, perched between debauchery and the luxury of Chateau corridors, before plodding through the Wild West. There is a lucrative richness to the harmonies and guitars, a slowness that can only be paired with ice-cold Coca Cola and a slew of buzzing flies. 

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Interview: Dekleyn’s latest single ‘Save My Name’ and the future of their sound

Formed in 2017, Aussie duo Dekleyn are no strangers to the music industry. Having amassed over 5 million streams on Spotify over the last 3 years, the two have made a name for themselves in the realm of memorable, irresistibly catchy and skilful songs. Inspired by the beat from their 2021 single ‘Over Again’, ‘Save My Name’ is a heartfelt song that delivers a sincere yet uplifting emotional narrative through the duo’s reliable roots in electronic pop.

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Interview: Will Hyde on the powerful, visual world of his sophomore EP ‘nothing ever changes’

Every so often, an artist comes around with an almost supernatural ability to capture the mutability of adolescence in their work. will hyde does exactly this, weaving a powerful, emotional story of youth throughout his sophomore EP ‘nothing ever changes’.

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Bedroom pop, lockdown creativity, and Chey Jordan

Such is the power of the bedroom music, having helped preserve a lively, albeit socially distanced, music scene over the past year and a half. With a multiplicity of streaming platforms for artists to upload to and focus on lo-fi DIY, the genre’s prominence has never been greater. It has democratised music, removing the industry’s gatekeepers and granting artists like Chey the chance to share their work with the world.

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Nick Batterham on Lovebirds

The album’s strength lies in its instrumental prowess and rich orchestration. Batterham and his talented collaborators combine piano, strings, guitar, percussions, woodwind and brass with sincere and haunting lyrics, resulting in a striking interplay of shadow and light.

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A Radio Fodder Anti Valentine’s Day Playlist

Are the nausea-inducing ads depicting beautiful couples exchanging expensive gifts over outrageously-priced meals getting up your nose? How about those anxiety-inducing dating scam app advertisements? We hear you. Here at Radio Fodder, we say ‘boo sucks’ to Valentine’s day and commercialised romance. Take a stand with us and enjoy our list of anti-romance songs.

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Mixing Colours Expanded: Polyphonic Bliss in Monotonous Times

The expanded edition of Roger and Brian Eno’s Mixing Colours is a timely injection of effervescence into the dullness of a Melbourne winter; 25 richly-layered yet elusively nebulous tracks, depicting all the colours, minerals and textures we might forget by the time we’re out of this supposedly interminable present.

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Spectrum Playlist

As someone who struggles with depression, music has been a constant factor in helping me feel better when the blues come. This playlist is full of songs that I feel reflect the pondering, sinking and drowning sort of feelings that come on now and then.

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Anachronisms, Madonna Comparisons and Gaga’s Chromatica

In the ’00s and ’10s Lady Gaga became legendary. She took dance music and put it in a blender, shat on it, vomited on it, ate it, gave birth to it, and that is why she’s beloved. Is ‘Chromatica’ good music? Undoubtedly. But did it have this effect? Unfortunately not…because it’s already been done before…about a decade ago. By her.