NYC Songstress Madeleine McMillan Delivers Frenzied Passion On "Matchbook"
New York City songstress Madeleine McMillan lives her life with feeling. She knows that there are things to remember (like the matchbook she got on her first date) and things to reflect on (like how love scorns us all). Through her own blend of jazzy pop-meets-rock, she gives both words and music to her feelings, hoping that her listeners will seek comfort in dreamy vocal delivery and powerful hooks.
On “Matchbook,” Madeleine succeeds in crafting a relatable anthem about a bad situation made to sound beautiful, courtesy of her versatile vocals. "I wrote Matchbook with the intent of capturing the passion and melancholy that coexist so effortlessly when a long-term relationship ends,” Madeleine told us. “It’s my hope that people will hear the song and find some comfort in knowing that, regardless of who we are, we are not alone in our feelings — we all share more common feelings than we may know."
“Matchbook” epitomizes exactly what Madeleine wanted for it. The track opens with her sultry, woozy vocals crooning above a simple percussive shimmer and twangy strums for a minute before Madeleine suddenly takes flight, wailing “I was trying to learn / But I only got burned” as the arrangement grows into a high-powered rock base fueled by rapid-fire percussion and moments of growling distortion. The song continues like this, back-and-forth between the dreamy comedown of jazzy vocals and the crescendo of in-your-face anthemic rhythms. No matter the arrangement, though, Madeleine’s pipes will follow, dabbling in breathy wisps, hungry cries, and desperate howls. The dualities of “Matchbook” — the highs and the lows, the pop and the rock, the love and the loss — make it a searing anthem of empowerment.