Sydney-born indie-pop singer Holiday Sidewinder has returned with a new single, ‘The Real Tea’.
It’s another maximalist pop gem from the singer, floating on bubbling synthesiser and thumping dance drums. The track is also virulently anti-capitalist, as Sidewinder sings that the “real tea” is that money doesn’t buy any of the assets she values in life: “Between the joie de vivre and the l’appel du vide/I really think we can live ’cause we die“.
The sentiment, she said on Twitter, was borne out of watching the US reality TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.
Like much of the singer’s recent material, ‘The Real Tea’ was co-written and produced by Coco Morier, the songwriter behind pop hits for no less than Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato, and Icona Pop.
Listen to ‘The Real Tea’ below.
It’s Sidewinder’s fourth single this year, following a cover of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’, and the originals ‘Twin Flames’ and ‘Lazy GF’.
Sidewinder, who rose to prominence as the lead singer of the cult teen 2000s band Bridezilla, released her first solo album ‘Forever or Whatever’ under her own name last year. The solo material is a major pivot away from the abstract indie of her former band, towards ’80s-style synth pop.
Sidewinder has recently started writing her memoirs A Hot Mess in a serialised fashion on Substack. Per a bio, they chart “a decade of touring, romance, decadence, depravity and obtuse thinking”.