MADAILA - /mə deɪ lə/, [muh DEY luh] - proper noun - a psych pop band from Burlington, VT.
Psych pop juggernaut Madaila is upbeat, synth-heavy, and catchy. Vocal skill and range are immediately apparent. But in the tradition of Prince and more recently Frank Ocean, an ornateness and heaviness expose Madaila's complexity and depth. Tight arrangements and multi-instrumental performances showcase musical minds at work.
When Madaila is on stage, spontaneous expression and contagious melody coexist. The freakier elements of the band come to the surface as the five-piece explores the deeper possibilities lying within their concise-recorded material. The band’s improvisational power gives each song the capacity to have its form pushed to the edges of comfort, or uplifting peaks.
Madaila released its debut, “The Dance”, in 2015. The band generated buzz with large hometown shows held on a ferry, in Burlington’s City Hall, and in an aquarium. Madaila has shared the stage with artists such as BØRNS, Mac DeMarco, Grace Potter, Big Gigantic, Delicate Steve, Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Twiddle and Rubblebucket; and played at festivals such as Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, Grand Point North, Waking Windows, Otis Mountain & Burlington Discover Jazz. Madaila is part of Future Fields, an artist-run label and management group based in Burlington, Vermont that includes Kelly Ravin, Iron Eyes Cody, & The Precepts. Madaila’s sophomore release, "Traces", was released on November 4th, 2016.
"If you haven't heard of Madaila yet, that's about to change in a big way."
- Pancakes and Whiskey
"Sweeping and orchestral in its unusual, drawn out format, Madaila calls to mind the gentle yearning of Bon Iver, but creates something fleshier, more psychedelic, skirting a line between beckoning you to the sweaty dance floor and begging you to simply tune in and drop out."
- Elmore Magazine
"[Traces] is a gem."
- Blurt Magazine
"Since releasing their debut record ‘The Dance’ in early 2015, Madaila have experienced a meteoric rise, locally and beyond. They've been touring like crazy and building some serious regional buzz, making them quite likely Burlington's hottest band at the moment. For proof, ask yourself how many Vermont bands could throw a party at a joint like ECHO and be pretty well assured they'll sell it out. Maybe three, not including Grace Potter or Phish?”
"You should stop what you're doing right now and listen to it."
- Seven Days
"I'm definitely a passenger on board their musical mothership, and what these guys have going on is truly special, unique, and unlike anything else I've ever heard before.”
- Music Box Pete