Monte Mader and music have a deeply personal connection and, having experienced several extremely difficult times in her life quite recently, including a break-up and the loss of her father, Mader has gone on to use the outlet as a way of expressing her deepest thoughts and emotions.
Nowhere are these thoughts and emotions more prevalent than on her new EP Skydive, which opens with the almost acoustic sounding “Four Senses”, the slow-burning instrumentation allowing Mader’s impressive vocal to shine.
“Lie To Me” kicks things up a notch with a toe-tapping rhythm and a somewhat Latin flair, before things are injected with a rather country vibe on “Little More Love”, a track which vibrates with a message of female empowerment – it’s certainly a highlight of the collection, destined to be sung at full voice by the crowds at Mader’s future performances.
Unfortunately, “Risky” doesn’t quite match up to the standard presented by “LML”, and although it’s certainly far from a bad track, it could find itself being overlooked as fans put “LML” on repeat. “Selfish Girl”, written after Mader found out her ex-fiance was seeing several other women behind her back, is her way of hitting back at him. Anyone who has endured a difficult or broken relationship will undoubtedly relate to this song and it may yet become an anthem for those women who refuse to be broken by the men who’ve hurt them.
Closer and title track “Skydive” slows things right down once more, with a simple guitar playing in the background, and again pays homage to the strength we all have within us. A subdued, but at the same time, immensely powerful reminder of what we are all capable of, even when things get tough, together with how we only have one life so should live it to the full, the lyrics including: “Skydive, I’m gonna fly across the sky, Skydive, the world it’s all mine tonight” and “I could aim and I could miss, but I can’t live with ‘what if?'” were stuck in this reviewers’ head long after the track had finished.
For more information on Monte, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Skydive is released on May 19th and she plays a release show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on the 24th. Tickets can be purchased here. Header photo credit: Chuy Gutierrez.