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Lochlainn Heley | May 1, 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 final week of April, Lochlainn Heley curates his own playlist of the best releases this week has had to offer.

Samuel Gaskin (feat. The Merindas) — ‘RĀIN

Released on: April 27

Melbourne-based Māori singer Samuel Gaskin opens ‘RĀIN’ from a place of deepness layering choral humming over the pulse of a heavy bass drum, in his collaboration with First Nations duo The Merindas. As the song builds, the listener is invited on a musically charged electro-pop journey. The whole song speaks to the ideal of seeking strength when you’re at your lowest. 

beabadobee — ‘See You Soon

Released on: April 25

beabadoobee’s most recent single is a refreshing track that envelops her usual soft vocals in layers of warm guitar and quirky outer space sounds. Taking the motif of ‘space’ even further, she sings about the importance of prioritising rest and setting boundaries with those she loves: “I wanted you to know I need time to grow and to exist”. The singer-songwriter always hits home with her exploration of relationships and mental health in her music, and ‘See You Soon’ is no exception.

Let’s Eat Grandma — ‘Insect Loop’

Released on: April 29

The whole Two Ribbons album plays like a conversation filled with open communication between two sisters. ‘Insect Loop’ is a potent track that’s infectiously optimistic in the face of pessimism over having to endure the obstacle of distance in a relationship. Its powerful guitar and swelling energy pushes the song into a very dramatic prog-rock sound which adds an extra shiny nugget of gold to the album.

KIAN — ‘Fit In Here’

Released on: April 27

KIAN’s single dances around the higher register of an acoustic guitar, establishing a pensive tone complicated by his crisp vocals. Like many musicians post-COVID-19, KIAN can’t help confessing his heartbreak for lost time, and using his writing to try and get it back. As the song transitions into the chorus, the vocals synergise with the rhythmic pulse of the song, dropping into a groove that convinces you to get up and dance these worries away.

Angel Olsen — ‘Big Time’

Released on: April 27

‘Big Time’ is the sister single to the songwriter’s March track ‘All the Good Times’. Adopting a cool ‘lonesome cowboy’ vibe, Olsen brings back the staples of old country music, from heady vocals to steely guitar. It is dry and smooth with a feeling of effortlessness in the added instrumental riffs that pop-up. ‘Big Time’ is set to appear on her upcoming studio record Big Time, due out June 3. 

Arcade Fire — ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’

Released on: April 27

‘Unconditional’ is a hopeful lullaby that mixes pop and folk as it tries to ease listener’s off of ground zero from a mistake. The song radiates a kindness and warmth through its steady layers of texture: sweeping strings, springy banjo, and even perky accordion. In the final line of the chorus, the song hits home on mantra intent on communicating empathy to the listener: “I give you my heart and my precious time”.

Bloc Party — ‘In Situ’

Released on: April 29

Fans of the English punk-rock band have been quite open about their anxiety over the band’s first new album in six years. But long-time listeners should feel rest assured in knowing all of Alpha Games is in fact a thrilling showcase of punk-rock, now fuelled with anger over the hypocrisies of the British government. Their tenth track, ‘In Situ’ is particularly unique—it pulls on a nagging uneasiness created from maintaining a passive stance in the midst of a detrimental political and economic landscape.

Khalid — ‘Skyline’

Released on: April 29

Khalid’s earlier single this year ‘Last Call’ was a soft and tender track rife with introspective reflection of his American Teen album from 2017. With his latest single ‘Skyline’, the singer-songwriter puts out a smooth disco-bop focused only on spreading all the good vibes. It’s a feel-good boogie with bright vocals and a cheeky synth.

Sam Smith — ‘Love Me More’

Released on: April 29

In ‘Love Me More’, the singer takes us on his personal journey of self-love, filled with every hopeful step and uneasy questions of doubt. With a juicy bass and a rich gospel choir, the song establishes a persona to the singer and his art that is equal parts mellow and groovy. Having reached his zen by the end of the song, Smith expresses his wish and determination to “love me more”, a message listeners can get on board with too.

 Sampa The Great (feat. Denzel Curry, Powers Pleasant) — ‘Lane’

Released on: April 27

‘Lane’ is a dreamy yet sharp single that expresses the singer-rapper’s goal to create music beyond any set lanes. With its criticism of the music industry and ethereal sound, Sampa’s track builds upon the concepts found throughout her 2019 album The Return, which won her the ARIA for Best Female Artist that same year. Featuring Denzel Curry and Powers Pleasant, Sampa’s single effortlessly brings together all three artists’ different stylistic lanes into a single space.

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