Pop juggernaut Madaila's debut record, "The Dance", is upbeat, synth-heavy, and catchy. Vocal skill and range are immediately apparent. But in the tradition of Prince and more recently Frank Ocean, there is an ornateness and occasional darkness to this pop music that exposes Madaila's complexity and musicianship. Tight arrangements and multi-instrumental performances showcase musical minds at work.
Tight spandex and technicolor attire showcase a different side. When playing live, both powerful and playful elements of Madaila are present as the five-piece finds the deeper possibilities within their concise recorded material. On stage, spontaneous expression and contagious melody coexist.
Madaila has shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, Mac DeMarco, Grace Potter, Delicate Steve, Valerie June, Rubblebucket, Slow Magic; and played at festivals such Frendly Gathering, Otis Mountain, Grand Point North, Waking Windows, & Burlington Discover Jazz. Madaila is part of Future Fields, an artist-run musical creation & amplification group based in Burlington, Vermont that includes Maryse Smith, Villanelles, & The Precepts.