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"Chocolate Cake" - Ali Barter

"I'm halfway through this party and I hate everybody," is one of the many lyrics in the deadpan "Chocolate Cake" that is just ... classic, as soon as you hear it. The latest single from Aussie Ali Barter (who also sang that song "Ur a Piece of Shit," which gives you a sense of her vibe) seems to be about something that is not actually chocolate cake, but you can merely take the song at face value and still have a good time with it. 


This song is the title track off her newly released EP, which shares the same name as it. Recording, as you would imagine, hit a curve because of COVID which forced things to go remote, but that didn't damper the nerve of the project as a whole. Said Barter about the motif behind "Chocolate Cake," “Most of the songs on this EP are about looking for answers in the wrong places, and about trying to find something that takes me out of my head. Searching for a chocolate cake in a hardware store is a parable for my life."

Point taken. If you missed Barter's stunningly self-aware and cheeky "Hello I'm Doing My Best," be sure to check it out ASAP. She lives up to her label of being an "unconventional pop star" but she fits in to a hole left of Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers that would have been occupied by "Exile in Guyville" some 30 years ago. 

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