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Carmen Chin | April 3

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! 

Carmen Chin shares a 10-song glimpse into their playlist of laid-back indie, chugging pop-punk and the obligatory Harry Styles return single to usher in the month of April.

Bree Runway — ‘Somebody Like You’

Released on: March 24

You can never really go wrong with an ‘80s-tinged bed of airy synths and drums, as co-producers EASYFUN, LIOHN, Klahr and Levi Gordon prove on this gorgeous new single from Bree Runway, who croons of her yearning of an ideal person left in the wake of a former lover’s shadow. Runway explains in a press release that ‘Somebody Like You’ is “an ode to my future lover, in a generation where love and relationships have become so transactional, I’m still preserving myself for the real thing.”

Omar Apollo — ‘Tamagotchi’

Released on: March 23

Filthy bass lines stake their claim on Omar Apollo’s latest single ‘Tamagotchi’, as he gears up for the release of his upcoming album Ivory. Boasting a star-studded roster of producers (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo), the trio first conceptualised ‘Tamagotchi’ while vacationing in Miami, Florida last year. Ivory is due out on April 8, with previous singles from Omar such as ‘Killing Me’, ‘Go Away’, ‘Bad Life (featuring Kali Uchis)’ and ‘Invincible (featuring Daniel Caesar)’ expected to appear on the new record. 

Harry Styles — ‘As It Was’

Released on: March 31

Since One Direction, Harry Styles has made ostensible references to lodestars in rock history; echoes of David Bowie and Pink Floyd exist in both his eponymous album and Fine Line. Now, it’s Joni Mitchell’s turn—’As It Was’ is the first cut from his upcoming album Harry’s House, a nod to her 1975 track ‘Harry’s House / Centerpiece’. But ‘As It Was’ takes a trip to the ‘80s instead, adorned with drum machines and chugging synths that bring A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ to mind. 

Isaac Dunbar — ‘Tainted Love’

Released on: April 1

The ‘scorton’s creek’ and ‘onion boy’ singer has returned with an electric new single ‘Tainted Love’, a disco-charged dance anthem written and produced by Isaac himself. Chronicling the emotional ebb and flow of pining for a tainted love, he explores how easy it is for love to morph into hate. “It’s a song I can dance and cry to,” he says in a press release.

5 Seconds Of Summer — ‘Take My Hand’

Released on: April 1

Everyone’s favourite Aussie pop-punk outfit drops yet another single in anticipation of their forthcoming fifth studio album, quickly following up their March single ‘Complete Mess’. ‘Take My Hand’ is a forlorn slice of epic-pop, and a hallmark of a band entering a new chapter of maturity. 

Alfie Templeman — ‘Leaving Today’

Released on: April 1

He’s not dubbed the Indie Prince for nothing: Alfie Templeman has graced us with the latest taste of his upcoming debut studio record Mellow Moon, in the form of the dulcet ‘Leaving Today’. “Leaving Today was written about what it would be like to go on tour again after so long,” Alfie explains, per Dork. “Getting far away from home and sitting in that van for hours thinking about all the small things you never realised you missed so much.”

Blu DeTiger — ‘Hot Crush Lover’

Released on: April 2

Blu DeTiger takes bubblegum pop out for a spin but adds her signature, filthy bassline into the mix; ‘Hot Crush Lover’ is now a certified banger. Blu’s charming, glam-grunge club kid aesthetic carries her through as she drives towards her debut album, slowly building her up to be a bonafide pop megastar slash bass hero in the making. 

spill tab — ‘Sunburn’

Released on: March 29

spill tab—aka Claire Chica—is full of momentum: fresh off the hype surrounding last year’s mini-album Bonnie, she’s quick to deliver a follow-up creation, the idyllic ‘Sunburn’. Co-produced with indie producer Solomonphonic (who has collaborated with Remi Wolf, The Wallows, Dora Jar and more), ‘Sunburn’’s lyricism comes from a place of frustration and unsettledness, backed by pedalling synths that seem to chug with no destination in mind.

Teenage Dads — ‘Exit Sign’

Released on: April 1

Melbourne indie-pop four-piece Teenage Dads drop their first music of 2022 with energetic, albeit pensive, new single ‘Exit Sign’. Their single blends jangly guitars, clicky drums and warm voices as a backdrop for lyrics that set the stage for the erosion of relationships. What makes this better is the inspiration it draws from cult classic films, namely 500 Days Of Summer and Like Crazy.

Meg Mac — ‘On Your Mind’

Released on: March 30

The Sydney-born singer-songwriter maintains the ascent built through her last single ‘Is It Worth Being Sad’ through bold bass guitar and a punchy drum beat in her latest single ‘On Your Mind’. Meg Mac combines charismatic neo-soul with a raw ‘50s-channelling atmosphere that seems to fit her artistic persona like a glove.

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