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Olivia Ryan | April 17, 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! 

Olivia Ryan shares a 10-song glimpse into her playlist to help you start the mid-semester break by discovering new music and artists.

Mt. Joy — ‘Orange Blood’

Released on: April 15

The newest single from the Philly natives, ‘Orange Blood’, encapsulates lead singer Matt Quinn’s range, climbing from mellow mumblecore into a punchy ballad. Less psychedelic than their usual style, the single is layered with a dreamy bass and drums before the band launch into their iconic melodic layers. The track features some Portuguese, for those of you who may also be enamored by the romantic language. 

Lizzo — ‘About Damn Time’

Released on: April 15

Patient fans of Lizzo are sure to be pleased with not only the announcement of a pending album, but also the release of a fresh single. If you have grooved to Harry Styles’ new single one too many times since its release, ‘About Damn Time’ has a strong disco vibe which might be the answer to your need for a new dance tune. 

Omar Apollo — ‘Killing Me’ (Live Performance)

Released on: April 14

This soul track oozes a sultry cool in an album that shows off just how versatile Apollo is when it comes to his style and technique. The new life performance music video features the genre bending R&B artist brings tender lyrics to this track that reflect the immense stakes love can create at the thought of losing someone; “What I do makes me wonder if I’m alright, Holding back feelings like it’s the end of my life”.  

Van Morrison — ‘Nervous Breakdown’

Released on: April 12

Van Morrison played a huge part in my upbringing around music; my dad’s cassette tape of the Irishman’s best hits played on repeat. ‘Nervous Breakdown’ features his classic, jumpy blues style which meld with gospel choruses and jazz instrumentation. Titles on his upcoming album include ‘Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas’, ‘Pretending’ and ‘Fighting Back Is the New Normal’. I do hope Van is doing ok.   

Phoebe Bridgers — ‘Sidelines’

Released on: April 15

After the release of the trailer for the highly anticipated Hulu series, Conversations with Friends, Bridgers dropped her newest single which will feature in the show. With retrospective lyrics in Bridgers’ typical style, ‘Sidelines’ mixes digital rhythms with the raw and gentle timbre of her iconic voice.  

Alfie Templeman — ‘Colour Me Blue’

Released on: April 13

Alfie Templeman is a young British solo-artist who hasn’t failed to make hit after hit. ‘Colour Me Blue’ is an Indi-bop that you are destined to want to dance to. You can do so with him, live at Howler in Brunswick when he tours Australia with the Wombats in June. 

 

Swedish House Mafia (feat. Connie Constance) — ‘Heaven Takes You Home’

Released on: April 15

Swedish House Mafia are back after breaking up in 2013 after revolutionising the world of EDM music. ‘Heaven Takes you Home’ sees Connie Constance collaborate with the group, her silky vocals pairing with their synth rhythms and percussion loops for a completely euphoric dance number.  

Stevan — ‘The Wave’

Released on: April 13

‘The Wave’ is upbeat and breezy and Aussie artist Stevan evokes a tipsy bliss with his electronic-pop number. The lyrics are inspired by the escapism that can come from your day-to-day troubles on a night out; “I look into this pain deep in your eyes, ain’t no shame at least tonight, I wanna dance and feel alive.”  

1969 Collective — ‘Grande ivresse’

Released on: April 11

With an almost cinematic soundtrack feeling manifested by a rich, orchestral soundscape, 1969 Collective’s ‘Grande ivresse’ will leave you dreaming of a drawn out summer. Featured on their debut album, 1969, you can also find equally transporting songs in English, Portuguese and French.

Shallow Water — ‘Mansionair’

Released on: April 15

Ahead of their upcoming album release, the Sydney trio, Shallow Water, have released what they described on Instagram as one “of their fave” tracks. The indie-electronic group set the tone with Jack Froggatt’s stunning falsetto paired with a steady kick-clap and swirling synths, making for a compelling single.  

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