Ellie Madeland – “Mother, Mother”

Photo Credit: Ellie Madeland

“Mother, Mother” is a riveting, haunting track from Swedish-born and London-based singer/songwriter Ellie Madeland. Forlorn vocals craft a sense of foreboding, remarking “I forgot how this ends,” as the glimmering organ effect increases in ferocity alongside the percussive click-clacking. The bass-laden integration past the two-minute mark adds further textural depth, as Madeland asks, “mother, mother, where did you go?” The spacious, somber electronic-minded production is enjoyably reminiscent of Depeche Mode.

The track’s themes focus on forgiveness, even in the face of hardship. In this particular case, “Mother, Mother” chronicles Madeland’s emotions following her parents’ divorce; the track is inspired “a collection of letters between Ellie and her mum which where written after her parent’s divorce.” The effort’s genuine ardency and strikingly atmospheric arsenal provide for a thoroughly consuming listen.

The track represents the second in a series of ongoing collaborations with Gentle William, a producer and multi-instrumentalist.

“Mother, Mother” follows up Madeland’s debut single “Out of Nowhere,” which touts a trip-hop influence.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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