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by Tori Sharp

LA-based Maddie Jay releases her debut EP 'Mood Swings' that explores emotion with playful pop production.

Having grown up in the Canadian wilderness and moved to LA to pursue a career as a bass player, Maddie Jay’s music brings bass to the forefront. Her upcoming EP was written as she was transitioning into a life in Los Angeles and it documents the ups and downs that came along with that. She gracefully and playfully talks about anxiety, love and relationships with sounds ranging from disco to synth beats.

It is reminiscent of early 2000s pop and rock music with a millennial overlay. We briefly spoke to Maddie about the EP, and she told us she is always inspired by her friends “Mia Gladstone, Cehryl, Internet Boyfriend (who are) all such amazing self-sufficient artists.” As with all of her music, she told us that Mood Swings was created in her apartment with some help on guitar and woodwind (Blake Straus, Nicholas Veinoglou and Hailey Niswanger.)

Maddie has been keeping busy during lockdown and has been screen-printing t-shirts as merch as well as live streaming her production process on Twitch, which “is a very new avenue for (her), but (she’s) been loving the social interaction aspect of it.”

My favourite track on the EP “Lunch Break” feels groovy and perfectly encapsulates the feeling of needing to escape from your life. A feeling that I’m sure many people are experiencing right now. Her music, though, is a break – an emotional holiday. The six-track EP will enhance your lockdown; Maddie Jay is a treat.

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