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Emma Xerri | June 5, 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! 

Emma Xerri ushers in the first week of winter this year with a mellow, carefully curated playlist of her own handpicked songs to soundtrack this chilly weather—from rising artists Caamp and Paolo Nutini to indie powerhouses such as Vance Joy and Alfie Templeman.

Isabel Pless — ‘Twenty-Two’

Released on: May 20

I started following Isabel on TikTok last year, after I fell in love with her soft acoustics and heart-wrenchingly relatable lyrics of eldest daughter anxiety and emotional messiness. ‘Twenty-Two’’s opening lyric perfectly encapsulates that feeling of being young and overwhelmed by the emotions of growing up, and I hold back a tear every time I sing “I’ve never had a birthday or a first date I didn’t cry on” in my car. 

Caamp — ‘Lavender Girl’

Released on: May 21

When this song was released, I instantly added it to my playlist featuring all my favourite love songs, as the understated vocals and folky guitar sound enveloped me in a melodic embrace of all things good and pure in this world. The opening line “I never danced ‘til I danced with you, my love. Couldn’t hear the music, but I’m sure it was good stuff,” is exactly how I want to remember the first dance at my wedding, and I think that alone speaks to just how beautiful this song is. 

Vance Joy — ‘Every Side Of You’

Released on: June 1

Vance Joy has always been one of my favourite artists. He maintains his popularity in the mainstream whilst also being, in my opinion, deeply underrated. Very few write a love song as captivating as Vance Joy does, and every time he releases a new song like this one, I’m once again overcome with a desire to fall in love. If you’re not instantly sobbing from the opening guitar melody, we are not the same.

Maggie Rogers — ‘Want Want’

Released on: June 1

Known for her witchy, powerful and divinely feminine vocals, Maggie Rogers has once again done it with ‘Want Want’, continuing her legacy as an artist who will go on to shape the music listening of myself and a generation of young girls who just want to sing their hearts out to ‘Light On’ and ‘Love You For A Long Time’, whilst on a late-night drive with the windows down.

Alfie Templeman — ‘Just Below The Above’

Released on: May 27

Echoing the otherworldly aesthetic of the album cover, ‘Just Below the Above’ combines earthy acoustics with haunting vocals and guitar effects that feel like nods to extra-terrestrial aircrafts, to create a song that is both deeply grounded in its emotional impact and one which honours the album’s space theme. Listening to this song feels as though you are transcending above all earthly responsibilities and existing in blissful solitude on the moon. 

CACTUS ORANGE — ‘maple syrup’

Released on: June 3

For a song that feels deeply understated and gentle, the lyrics pack quite the emotional punch. CACTUS ORANGE has delivered a song that is both beautifully calming and painstakingly heartbreaking at the same time, as he sings “she’s keeping me warm with the thought of her on my mind” and you think to yourself: when is it my turn? 

Paolo Nutini — ‘Shine A Light’

Released on: June 2

This was my introduction to Paolo Nutini and I am already identifying as a fan—this artist is just so incredibly cool. The build from pre-chorus to chorus with every verse is magnificent, and the song truly takes you on a journey that you never could have anticipated from the song’s slow burn of an opening. Also, the way Paolo Nutini sings “how are you” may just be my new religion. Too much? Too much. 

Ezra Furman — ‘Forever In Sunset’

Released on: May 10

Netflix’s Sex Education has me convinced this artist can do no wrong, and I am yet to be proven otherwise. This song feels like something that should play in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and that is the highest of compliments. I want to hear this song again for the first time and I want to learn every lyric so I can sing it whilst standing in the back of my friend’s Ute as he drives through a tunnel. 

The Mountain Goats — ‘Training Montage’

Released on: June 2

What starts as a song that feels rather mysterious absolutely unleashes with the powerful line “I’m doing this for revenge.” And yet, despite the violent tone of the line and the graphic nature of the album cover, this song is beautiful in so many ways. The folky vocals, the build from verse to chorus and the recurring line “I’m doing this for you,” means you can’t help but get yourself emotionally invested in this song, and then replay it immediately so you can experience the thrill all over again.

Bo Burnham — ‘The Chicken’

Released on: May 31

To put it simply, Bo Burnham wrote a song about a chicken in a cage, and it made me cry. After the first release of the Inside songs last year, I am prepared for Bo Burnham to once again be in my top artists for 2022.

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