Release: May 4, 2015
Attention: For those who have played Beck’s new album ‘Morning Phase’ to death (as I have) but still crave some new soul, country-folk sounds (as I do), check out Madson’s new single ‘Rocket for your Skyline‘. Secondly, for those who have not listened to Morning Phase, check it out, and once you’ve played it to death, as I’m sure you will, listen to Madson’s new single, ‘Rocket for your Skyline’.
I’ll get it out of the way first; the 22 year-old’s first single really sounds like Beck. In fact, their voices are so similar, if this song were put as a Beck bonus track, I wouldn’t bat an eyelash.
That being said, the song is good. It’s got a smooth singer/songwriter vibe, with a catchy melody that sticks in your head like glue; I found myself humming it at inopportune moments. It doesn’t hurt that the tune reminds me deeply of Agent Zero by a Canadian staple band The Arkells.
Musically, it’s got a bit of a John Mayer feel, in a good way. With metal slides on guitar, a haunting, whistling synth, and subtle, sparse harmonicas, the song lurches forward with each melancholy beat.
It’s not a happy tune. It deals with the masks we put on everyday and false joviality.
Here’s a sample:
Washed ashore third floor uptown
Watching the rush hour sailing in
You’re a walking show of titles on the outside
Still feeling like an empty frame within
There’s not much variety in the lyrics. The song consists of two virtually identical verses and three exactly identical choruses. I’m missing a bridge to unify the single.
Overall, if you’re looking for a satisfying 3 minutes, Madson’s Rocket for your Skyline will probably do the trick, but I can’t say it will leave too many lasting impressions.
Madson – ‘Rocket For Your Skyline’
Madson – ‘Rocket For Your Skyline’ (Live Acoustic)