Review: "Nightshade" - Madison
Madison’s latest release is an energetic track flooded with dark imagery and compelling vocals. “Nightshade” takes the highly-poisonous plant of the same name, and twists it into the story of a toxic relationship. This relationship has consumed Madison from the inside-out, and overpowered her emotions. Now that it is over, she feels like a hollow shell of who she once was. She inserts grim details into the lyrics to paint the image of the pain she has suffered. In the chorus, she sings, “A dose of belladonna doesn’t go away// You’re killing me with your nightshade// I feel it, I feel it spreadin’ through my veins// Don’t even, don’t even remember my name.” These lyrics reveal the extent of the damage done—that they have drained the life from her. But for them, they are apathetic about their toxic behavior. Madison uses “Nightshade” to expose her abuser, inspiring listeners that relate to do the same.
“Nightshade” is an outstanding track, composed of an upbeat melody with morbid lyrics. It is strongly influenced by 80s music, with a mix of modern pop, resulting in a unique track that stays true to Madison’s sound. She kicks off the song with a soft keyboard riff and muffled vocals singing the hook: “You’re giving me nightshade.” This immediately captures the listeners attention, and prepares them for the emotional journey. The track takes off when Madison’s lead vocals kick in, paired with the steady beat. When the chorus begins, there is a moment when the beat is silenced, drawing focus on Madison’s powerful voice. Then, the peak of the chorus explodes, emphasizing the heightened emotions. The entire track is filled with intense feelings of sadness, regret, and anger through the lyrics and production, highlighting Madison’s incredible talent.
Madison is an independent pop singer-songwriter from Canberra, Australia. In 2020, she released her debut single, “Indiana”. Later, her sophomore single, “What Did I Do to You”, garnered her the spot as a 2020 International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist. Additionally, “Nightshade” earned a spot on New Music Friday AU & NZ, further contributing to her achievements. Her career has taken her all around the world, from Los Angeles to Europe, collaborating with songwriters and producers, including Oliver Lundström. She has spent her time perfecting her sound and finding her voice. Her sound uses a mix of influences from modern artists such as Lady Gaga, Florence + The Machine, and Coldplay, as well as 80s rock and cinematic orchestra.
Written By Karlee Smith