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Christina Savopoulos | May 29, 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! 

Christina Savopoulos has curated a list of ten new releases from the last week. We return to a track from Harry’s House, get a taste of the Stranger Things soundtrack to get you all in the mood for their newly released fourth season, and also some new songs from several Australian artists.

Journey (Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix) — ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’

Released on: April 27

After the impossibly long wait of two years, ten months and twenty-two days, the first seven episodes of Stranger Things’ fourth season have been finally released. It says a lot about a show’s fanbase when they are willing to wait what has seemed like an infinite amount of time for more content. One of the tracks on the new season’s official soundtrack is Journey’s song, ‘Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)’, but crafted specifically for the show with a remix by Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks. Yes, it was released one month ago so it technically doesn’t qualify as a ‘new release’, but it only feels fitting to include it during this week because of the return of Stranger Things.

Zachary Leo — ‘Can’t Get Enough’

Released on: May 24

Melbourne’s very own Zachary Leo brings us his new upbeat single ‘Can’t Get Enough’. In a press release for the new song, Leo described his music as a “vintage sound with a modern pop structure, taking influence from genres like funk/soul/rock & pop”. The song’s music video was directed, shot and edited by Brandon Car Films, and co-produced by Leo himself. It’s filmed through a grainy yellow tinted lens, transporting us back to the ‘60s and ‘70s style eras. The shots of St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne’s Luna Park and the Palais Theatre are immediate connections for Melbournians, all complete with a hazy sunlight cast on every person and building. 

Oliver Sim — ‘Hideous’

Released on: May 24

Oliver Sim’s ‘Hideous’ is a taste of his upcoming September album Hideous Bastard. The song is seeping with sadness as the song conveys Sim’s “fear and shame” of living with HIV, as described in his lengthy note to listeners on the YouTube video. The track follows Sim’s questioning of “Am I hideous?”, a question he no longer seems to be asking the “outside world but rather a counter active one for [him]self”. Knowing the background context amplifies the track’s significance and Sim’s ability to express his innermost thoughts and fears through a seamless production of music. 

Lemonade Baby — ‘Alien’

Released on: May 26

The Brisbane-based Lemonade Baby’s latest single ‘Alien’ is an ode to the classic Alien films and was musically influenced by artists such as Justin Bieber, *NSYNC and Kid LAROI. Lemonade Baby said in a press statement that the Alien films allowed him to reflect on “the idea of what it’s like to be with someone and watch them switch to almost another person, much like ‘being with an alien’.” We can all relate to not knowing someone close to us as well as we thought we did, and Lemonade Baby’s lyrics, “but now I know the truth that you’ve been hiding / and now I see everything so clearly”, evoke the loneliness that follows such realisations. 

Empress Of — ‘Dance For You’

Released on: May 26

‘Dance For You’ is a new single from Lorely Rodriguez’s (Empress Of) upcoming EP which will be released on June 24. Empress Of said in an interview, “I love the lyrics on this song… “Surrender to me like this” is a touching lyric for me because I’m not hurt over this person anymore. I’ve come out the other side.” Empress Of focuses on the break-up of a relationship in her new single, how we can “come out the other side” healed and ready for life’s next chapter. 

Harry Styles — ‘Little Freak’

Released on: May 20

This is one of the more introspective and calming picks for this week, fresh off Harry’s new album Harry’s House. Styles’ vocals are angelic in this song, despite its misleading title. I thought I’d be hearing the next upbeat song which would take over TikTok just like ‘As It Was’ has. ‘Little Freak’ oozes with peacefulness and describes a self- reflection that can only be achieved deep in the night when the world seemingly stands still. To hear Harry perform this track live, see if any tickets are left for his upcoming Melbourne show

Haiku Hands — ‘Bye Bye’

Released on: May 19

Coming off an Australian headline tour, Haiku Hands, a three piece Australian group delivers us pulsating dance track ‘Bye Bye’. Their latest single will surely be the next break-up anthem; it is incredibly catchy and the overlay of their vocals means lines such as “See you later… / Alligator” are delivered with equal parts force, sass and independence. The trio shared through a press release that ‘Bye Bye’ was written as a farewell “to the way our world is being led with complete disregard to so many people and our environment.” Haiku Hands is set to perform in Sydney this June before heading to the U.S. for another tour and then returning to Gold Coast for a show in September; buy tickets and find out more information here.

Becca Hatch — ‘Without You’

Released on: May 26

Sydney artist Becca Hatch has made a name for herself in Australia’s contemporary R&B scene after winning Triple J Unearthed High’s Indigenous Initiative in 2017. ‘Without You’ is Hatch’s first release for 2022 and she described the track in a statement as “describ[ing] the feeling of being surrounded by people but not really being able to engage in what’s happening around me because I felt I needed to be somewhere else.” Perhaps this disconnect between her mental and physical environment reflects the choice of repetitive thumping beats, unable to connect with Hatch’s silky vocals. Hatch has upcoming shows in Melbourne this June and you can purchase tickets here.

Ball Park Music — ‘Right Now’

Released on: May 19

Five-piece Brisbane band Ball Park Music formed in 2008 and their latest and seventh album, Weirder & Weirder was created in 2021 during the pandemic. Their album was released on May 27 and features the breezy track ‘Right Now’’. In an interview with Beat Magazine, guitarist Dean Hanson said that Weirder & Weirder “was the easiest album we’ve made… we’re all unbelievably proud of it.” In terms of the content, Hanson said that it “isn’t about one particular facet of the world. It’s literally the whole thing. The themes of the record overall relate to this weirder and weirder attitude, about the world in general just getting weirder and weirder.” Don’t miss seeing Ball Park Music performing at The Forum in Melbourne this July. 

Thelma Plum — ‘Backseat of My Mind’

Released on: May 26

To finish our list for the week, we have a song about heartbreak (which is also equally as heartbreaking) by Gamilaraay singer-songwriter Thelma Plum. This is Plum’s first single since her debut 2019 album Better in Blak and an unaffiliated track in 2020 titled ‘These Days’. ‘Backseat Of My Mind’ is a wonderful return for Plum; a track curated for you to listen to on any drive. Perhaps it’ll be the next ‘Driver’s License’? Plum’s smooth vocals paired with the gentle synths means listening to the song is calming and almost a dream-like experience. Plum has several performances lined up around Australia; click here to see the complete list and to buy tickets. 

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