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Alice – Madge

Madge is back with her chaotic new song “Alice”.

As it goes with Madge, this song is wonderfully strange and starts with in a jarring and off-kilter way, full of sound effects, distorted guitars, and pitched-up vocal chanting.

But this is what I love about Madge’s music; she always takes you right outside your comfort zone, only introducing a “comfortable” element at the exact moment you start looking around for an exit.

In the case of “Alice”, Madge comes in from the intro with gentle vocals, tight writing, and a smooth guitar supported by a funky groove. Sure there’s a cat screaming and a riser that sounds like a ghost, but Madge’s voice pulls all focus towards her, letting the chaos only exist in the periphery.

And then there’s this flute that comes in halfway that carries a beautiful melody as the pitched-up vocal chanting returns, again keeping you at the edge of your comfort zone.

Madge has an incredibly distinctive sound full of control, intention, and experimentation.

It’s a rare and refreshing bravery that makes every step outside your comfort zone welcomed and absolutely worth it.

Nathan Irving
Nathan Irving (aka Nate Flaks) is a writer for WFNM & 1/2 of the electronic indie-pop duo Sleeping Lion.