Madeline – Black Velvet Album Review

The first time I heard Madeline was probably two years ago. With just one song, I knew that she had wooed me forever. Her voice was unmistakably tangible — in a day and age when good voices are plentiful and female singer-songwriters a drop in the bucket.

Listen to “Hurry Up Pronto” – DOWNLOAD MP3

Madeline’s latest album, Black Velvet, takes the Athens-based songstress in a million sonic directions, but the truth is that the instrumentation takes the backseat to Madeline as a musical being herself. With the confidence and grace of a well-seasoned theatre actress, Madeline steals the show with her vocal persona alone — quite a feat considering the nature of her creation. Throughout Black Velvet, her voice is a combination of gentle naivete and refined maturity; though light and full of Southern sweetness, it is surrounded by a gentle rasp that keeps at bay comparisons to songbirds or Belle And Sebastian cuteness. Madeline sings like the best female country vocalist without twang or formality; she is transparent without lacking edge, and the context within which she performs matters only slightly. Regardless of what topic is covered or what genre is represented, I can listen to Madeline sing all day, and I have been. Love upon first listen.

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits.

Ask Vivian about MARSHMALLOWS, cuz she's gross... and being tips for being frugal while nomading!

Vivian Hua
vivian.redefine@gmail.com

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. She regularly shares human-centered stories through her storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2020, she will [hopefully] begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits. Ask Vivian about MARSHMALLOWS, cuz she's gross... and being tips for being frugal while nomading!

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SPH
9 years ago

awww i love her.

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