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Alexia Shaw | June 19, 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! 

Alexia Shaw introduces you, our dear reader, to the whirlwind that was this past week for Australian music. From indie rock hero Julia Jacklin’s latest music to Sydney-based grentperez’s affecting acoustic number, this week’s curation may just be your gateway to discovering the best Australia has to offer this winter.

Tirzah — ‘Beating (TONE Remix)’

Released on: June 17

English-singer Tirzah isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and her experimental album Colourgrade, which dropped in October last year, was filled with the singer’s trademark eerie vocals. Her new album Highgrade is even more intense, consisting entirely of collaborated remixes of her Colourgrade album. Beating (TONE Remix) has a trance-like quality to its vocal echoes and unplaceable background sounds, so sit back and let this one wash over you.

Adam Noviello — ‘Heretic (Nate Made It Remix)

Released on: June 17

When Noviello’s stand-lone version of ‘Heretic’ was originally released in January, it rocketed up the Australian charts, thanks to a fast-paced dance beat celebrating genderqueer folks and Melbourne’s LGBTQ+ community. Now just in time for Pride Month, this new remixed version tweaks the original by adding a slower beat that makes it the perfect slow jam to grind the night away at your local club.

Sam Fischer — ‘All My Loving

Released on: June 17

Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer quickly rose to fame with his smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics; the cherry on top of this success being a well-received collaboration with Demi Lovato on the single ‘What Other People Say’ just last year. This latest offering is a catchy love-sick lament, impressively waxing on about love without veering into clichès.

Miiesha — ‘Freedom (triple j Like A Version, feat. JK-47)

Released on: June 17

Hot off the release of her new album Smoke and Mirrors, Miiesha (along with the brilliant skills of artist JK-47) has delivered the nation with yet another ‘Like A Version’ hit. Hailing from the small Aboriginal community of Woorabinda, Miiesha has established herself as a powerful voice in Australian R&B, despite still being relatively new to the scene. Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s classic 2016 collaboration is given new life through Miiesha’s raspy vocals and some heavy background drums.

Eminem — ‘The King and I (feat. CeeLo Green)

Released on: June 16

The soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie Elvis has so far been filled to the brim with absolute bangers, and this most recent take on Presley’s cult classic ‘Jailhouse Rock’ by music legends Eminem and Ceelo Green is certainly no exception. Eminem is in fine form spitting verses about The King himself, while Green’s chorus is a fun new spin on the original, while still retaining some semblance of Elvis’ original famous tune.

Yaya Bey — ‘rolling stoner

Released on: June 17

From Bey’s latest album Remember Your North Star, ‘rolling stoner’ has exactly the lo-fi beat the world needs right now. Blurring the lines between R&B and jazz, the Brooklyn-born artist’s soothing vocals make this a calming song that feels like it would be best enjoyed while you’re curled up in front of a cozy fireplace at the end of a long day.

PIXIES — ‘There’s A Moon On

Released on: June 8

While ‘There’s A Moon On’ was technically released last week, the song has been stuck in this writer’s head since June 8 and just had to be included. PIXIES show off why they’re still one of rock’s most prolific bands after decades in the business with this drum-heavy new song. BRB, buying a leather jacket to wear while I rock out to the guitar solo.

grentperez — ‘Don’t Grow Up Too Fast

Released on: June 15

Despite being just 20 years old, Sydney-based artist grentperez sings with a wisdom beyond his years. His soulful new song is simple yet executed to near-perfection, needing only an acoustic guitar and the artist’s gorgeous vocals to complete this heartfelt tune. Nostalgic and bittersweet; grab some tissues before you press play.

Julia Jacklin — ‘I Was Neon

Released on: June 15

Big week for Australian music, with Jacklin being yet another fabulous Australian musician on this list. This indie rock track has a slower pace compared to her usual material, but the electric guitar and reliable drum beat keeps this song chugging along. Jacklin consistently makes music that would feel right at home in a coming-of-age film, with her airy, light vocals making this a great new release.

The Beths — ‘Silence is Golden

Released on: June 14

I wrote in my last Top Ten on The Beths’ existential new single ‘A Real Thing’. If ‘A Real Thing’ felt like the beginning of an anxious spiral, then the New Zealand indie rock group’s latest offering is the full, explosive breakdown, with a pace that rockets and lyrics that scream into the looming void. The inherently contradictory tune asks for silence over racing electric guitar and intense drums, tapping once again into Gen Z’s growing frustration over an overall sense of powerlessness.

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