Welcome to our new Space Discovery!
Madebit’s latest album An Alien Among Us really takes us on a sonorous journey and exploration of the relationship between inner and outer space. This is probably the most dynamic, eclectic album I’ve listened to this year, and Nashville-based singer and producer Madelyn Reyes, aka Madebit, truly is one of the greatest artists we’ve discovered so far.
The creative question that gave origin to this album is how to take the feelings of being an outsider and turn them into ways you can connect with other people. Blending pop, indie, electronic and world music, Madebit experimented with sonic as well as human identity. This album offers a sort of synesthetic experience in which we can see and touch the music we’re listening to as it travels through space and time the same way our soul does, acquiring different characters and new shades as it goes.
As if experimenting with herself in an attempt to figure out what fits her as an individual and where and how she fits among the others, Madebit played with multifaceted and avant-garde sounds and melodies, achieving an outcome that doesn’t give her a fixed identity but rather it defines her kaleidoscopic character.
The 12-track album opens with Space, a spacey melody of synths and dreamy vocals with a poetical indie flavour that sucks you in to take you on a trip of multi-coloured sounds and stories, where you’ll probably figure out how fluid yourself and the rest are, and that’s where you’ll find the connection button.
Madebit is indeed a master of musical tension between dreamy pop and darker hypnotic sounds. Sandy Beaches is like a galactic travel through a tunnel, with acid synths and a rhythmic refrain which makes it very hooky. Moon Dance has a sort of an electronically ritualistic vibe to it, while Bring It Out travels more towards the pop dimension, with an exotic flavour given by the percussions and high-pitched synths.
Intermission has an epic sound instead, like that of a medieval ballad, while the pitchy sounds and continuous hum that slides through the notes of An Ode To Those Who Lead But Do Not Follow are guaranteed to keep you enthralled. A Sound Is Born sums up the essence of the whole album, starting with glossy synths and ending with more of a cavernous sound.
Ultimately, An Alien Among Us examines a range of moods and emotions and is a perfect fusion between introspection and creative exploration of the outside world, successfully combining dynamism and cohesion and showcasing Madebit’s incredible talent.