After years of touring as a keyboardist for the likes of Arlo Parks, Poppy Ajudha and Kwaku Asante, MADELEINE returns to bring us the future soul sound that bridges Los Angeles and London. The influences of her travels provide us with snapshots of the sonics of her late night drives across the USA, set against naturalistic imagery and soulful, jazz-tinged songwriting.
‘Hold Her’ is the first single from her upcoming ‘Sun Daughter’ EP, a narrative driven project centred around recurrent themes of self-love, femininity, and dealing with trauma.
Synth-heavy textures, captivating hums of vocal layering and a shuffling groove come together with a third-person narrative, allowing MADELEINE to comment on a romance between friends. Overcome by experiences in her past relationships, MADELEINE sings about warning the male character that if he doesn’t give her what she deserves, then he’ll lose her, “Darling, her love is your saviour”.
MADELEINE says "Hold Her is another way of saying ‘give her your love’ ; that if he doesn't give her what she deserves then he’ll lose her.”
"It came together at a time when I was really discovering the music of artists Salami Rose Joe Louis and Soccer 96. I was obsessed with Salami’s use of vocal layering as a texture. I think that definitely influenced the chorus."
Composed of an odd arrangement of synthwave chords, twangs of deep bass strings and percussive components, 'Hold Her' sets the tone for what's to come.
The upcoming 7-track EP explores darker, more synth-heavy productions that hint at an electronic, moody future soul soundscape. Drawing inspiration from Flying Lotus and Kiefer's progressive electronics, and the tuneful sensibility of songwriters Lianne La Havas and Stevie Wonder, MADELEINE showcases remarkable talent with her productions skills, ethereal vocals and her strong sense of melody.
MADELEINE is set to re-emerge with her ‘Sun Daughter’ EP in April 2023, but you can stream her latest single ‘Hold Her’ below!