Track Premiere: Madaila “Excelsior”


Tune taken from forthcoming album, due early November.

By Blurt Staff

Vermont psych-pop group Madaila is about to drop second album Traces on Nov. 4, and it’s a gem. We here at BLURT are honored to premiere a fresh track from it, too, so check out the delightfully dancey “Excelsior”:

Madaila songwriter Mark Daly talks about the origins of the song, and how it is also inspired by Prince:

I wrote “Excelsior” in the fall of 2015. I was secretly planning to propose to my girlfriend on an upcoming trip to Iceland. I hadn’t told anyone and I was excited and nervous. Through writing this song I imagined the proposal and trip itself to my best abilities. It was me going off into Fantasy Land – thinking and planning my every move for the proposal. It was my outlet for the feelings I could not share. My original plan was to sing the chorus of the song to her when I proposed, but once the time came I was too nervous and had to just spit it out. Plus it was fucking cold. We were in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by no one and only jagged peaks glistening with snow; an ocean flowing inland and coming to a close. It was the most magical moment of my life. This song is a way for my future wife and I to cherish and remember that moment.

 Musically, “Excelsior” is me channeling my inner Prince. You don’t want to copy people or force your sound. That gets in the way of the art and the honesty of where it comes from. I wanted it to come from me and sound like Madaila. But Prince was my inspiration. He was focus for setting out to write a rocking, upbeat, dancey tune with straight-forward, almost tongue-in-cheek, romanticized lyrics. That’s what I aimed for.

The band will be touring regularly to support the new record, and you can also catch ‘em via a couple of upcoming previews:

10/14 The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH
10/27 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

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