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Isabella Ross | May 8, 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! 

Isabella Ross shares a 10 track peek into her favourite new releases from the last week (or so). Buckle in as we bounce around Australia discovering home grown talent before heading to Ireland and beyond for a few international tasters. These songs tell a story of heartbreak and although I’m not personally experiencing it, they wrap me up and pull me into a world beyond my own. 

Telenova — ‘Why Do I Keep You’

Released on: April 21

Wrapping us in the warm embrace of a cinematic melody, Telenova has done it again with ‘Why Do I Keep You’ building an instrumentation that perfectly sets the stage for Angeline Armstrong’s truly angelic vocals. Contrasting lyrics of bleeding pain with a beat that drags you to the slow and groovy dancefloor means the Melbourne three piece never fails to have me believing I am Sophie Sheridan living my best life on the island of Skopelos.

GFLIP — ‘GET ME OUTTA HERE’

Released on: May 13

Driving down the freeway I heard Lucy Smith introduce the first play of this track with teasers from Billie Jean’s drumline. Smacking me in the face with heavy texture from electric guitars and a razor sharp production, the iconic line sets us up for a rollercoaster story of a relationship well beyond its use by date. Emotionally charged lyrics, steamy atmospheres and a playful showcase of their drumming skills hook you in with a chorus that won’t leave your head anytime soon.

Mallrat — ‘Butterfly Blue’

Released on: May 13

The title track from Butterfly Blue, Mallrat’s debut album, sits at the end of the tracklist as a gentle goodbye from a beautiful exploration of her new song. This album is everything we know and love from Mallrat with some creative exploration of new sounds; a journey artists seem to be embracing with the freedom to delve into multiple genres across a single body of work. I’ve listened to Mallrat through high school, festivals all over Australia, and also her funky exploration of a new sound in ‘Rockstar’, and I am so excited to have an entire LP to keep on repeat. ‘Butterfly Blue’ toys with a gentle country influence and simple layers of guitar are uplifted by atmospheric harmonies and the gentle ambiance of a lullaby.

Hermitude — ‘Flush With Love’

Released on: May 8

Building from a simple piano chord progression with a distant hi-hat to distorted vocals and ocean inspired samples, ‘Flush With Love’ is a much mellower beat than Hermitude’s most iconic track ‘The Buzz’. Watching sound evolve over time is an exciting journey to be on as a listener, and Mirror Mountain takes an entirely new path from their previous album featuring only two other Australian artists, carefully curated to complement Hermitude’s sound.

Meg Mac — ‘Only Love’

Released on: May 13

Something about the simplicity of a deep and soul-filled female voice with a minimal guitar track reminds me of my childhood listening to music on my parents’ CDs. Musing on the slow and drawn out pain love can endure, Meg Mac rasps her vocals with an almost country twang whilst maintaining a mesmerising clarity. ‘Only Love’ is the third release from what seems to be a much larger project, one I look forward to experiencing.

Garrett Kato — ‘Telephone’

Released on: May 5

Released with the announcement of his sophomore album Small Town Rituals, ‘Telephone’ feeds my sweet tooth for Kato’s honey soaked vocals with atmospheric layers. Soft soul-filled vocals deliver a painful story of losing touch with someone you love. Kato makes an obvious nod towards The Paper Kites’ Woodland, an album that holds a dear place in my heart, through gentle guitar and folky harmonies. ‘Telephone’ is self produced in his minimal style which is recogniseable throughout his work amidst the Byron busking scene.

Wolf Alice — ‘Sense’

Released on: May 6

On May 6, London band Wolf Alice performed a cover of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s ‘Sense’ for triple j’s segment ‘Like A Version’ where each week a musician performs an original cover of another artist’s song. To be open and honest I’m coming from a completely uneducated first listen. I don’t know the original song off the top of my head but it sounds familiar. Wolf Alice bring a subdued vocal quality to a groovy band sound and Ellie Rowsell’s voice slips into the track with a buttery smooth eloquence within a super grounded atmosphere.

Dermot Kennedy — ‘Something to Someone’

Released on: May 6

Picking us up with a bouncy baseline, Dermot Kennedy’s gritty vocals are on the smoother side in this track. Reminding me of an earthier ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Something to Someone’ is laced with nostalgia and Dermot’s beautiful Irish accent. You don’t need a broken heart to feel the lyrics in your soul. This poppier take on his ability to create self-contained sonic ecosystems is something we can escape to when everything seems too much.

Remi Wolf — ‘Michael’

Released on: May 13

Known for her powerful and punch tracks like ‘Quiet on Set’ and ‘Photo ID’, Remi Wolf turns things down a notch or two in ‘Michael’. Her kaleidoscopic pop strips it back to a slower beat with an exposed drum line and a few atmospheric synths behind her layered vocals which keeps a playful quality to its more somber tone.

Kendrick Lamar — Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

Released on: May 13

The power to deliver an entire album after the indescribable influence DAMN. had on the music world—there are no words. I remember feeling offended by ‘HUMBLE’ taking out the top spot in 2017’s hottest 100 as if my opinion should be the deciding factor in the validity of someone else’s creative endeavors. I’m sure from this list you can tell that my listening tastes are deeply rooted in an Australian folky acoustic sound. I am constantly excited by new and diverse sounds but it hasn’t always been that way. Today I am beyond excited to have 73 minutes of Kendrick to listen to that my ears have never heard before. It’s too soon to highlight a single stand out track, so let this be an encouragement to listen to something new, maybe a Kendrick song if that isn’t typically your jam, or maybe it’s a home grown talent you haven’t heard of before. Whatever it may be, enjoy the journey of discovering something outside your comfort zone.

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