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Madeline Spooner At The Satellite, Wednesday May 25th 2016


Madeline Spooner


New sensation Madeline Spooner had a Wednesday residency at the Satellite during the entire month of May, and I finally managed to catch her during her last night in the famous Silverlake club. She was promoting her forthcoming EP ‘Nautilus’ due July 31st, which will follow her first EP ‘Heartshapes’ that was released in 2013.

I didn’t know what to expect but soon I was swept away by the grand sound driven by her pure and strong voice. There was a strong melancholia and serenity escaping from her unusual music, which was taking unexpected turns and swirls.

If her single ‘Had to Let It Go’, which was more upbeat than the other songs she played, sounded a bit like Enya singing a lost Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song, Madeline’s compositions were really hard to pigeonhole. At times, her band could really bring up a symphonic dimension, and her harmonious vocals were often ethereal, floating high above synthethic strings, keys, bass and drums, opening spacious soundscapes with the right amount of warm poignancy and a very present cinematic feel. She describes her music as electronic experimental avant-pop, and if it was too experimental to be qualified of pop, it was also too pop to be called jazz or electronics,… that said, there were many variations and surprises.

Spooner won the American Songwriting Awards competition two years in a row (in 2014 and in 2015) and director Joseph Paulos had this to say about her music:

‘’Had To Let It Go’ was certainly a favorite amongst this year’s judging panel and ASA staff. Madeline’s vibrant pop sound with psychedelic twists and turns keep the listeners wanting more. We believe she is going to redefine the independent music scene.’

She is an interesting talent to follow, her reflective set was inventive and the geometric light projections on stage were trapping her sultry vocals into a rework of some Radiohead-ish matrix. I even heard echoes of Andrew Bird here and there, and when she went into more dance-y electronics, her beautiful and clear voice shined during a number that had LCD Soundsystem’s distorted synth. Madeline has declared she has drawn her inspiration from artists like Pink Floyd, The Doors, CocoRosie and Kate Bush, so she certainly has the whole music spectrum covered.

‘Nautilus’ released party will be happening at the Bootleg theater on July 31st, and Madeline will also be part of the season opener of Chinatown Summer Nights on June 18th,

More pictures here.


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