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Albums Of The Week: Madee | Conundrum

The reunited Spanish sextet continue to make the most of their second wind with the impeccably crafted, heart-on-sleeve indie-rock majesty of their seventh full-length.

THE TRANSLATED & EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Few indie rock bands are as unique as Madee. There are several reasons for this:

First and foremost, their lineup features three guitars plus keyboards, which allows them to create a wide range of layers, textures and sounds you won’t find in any other emo/indie band. Second, they boast the most gifted singer of all Spanish indie scene — Ramón, who can take you to the top and then soften you like a little baby. And third, they don’t care about fashion, fake modernism or the roundabouts of the music industry. They care about the stars. You’ll always find them looking up, to a promised heaven or to the depths of constellations. Never cryptic, never deliberately dark, their combination of eternal innocence and vast musical experience leads to something new — a distinctive orchestrated sound mixed up with a naive point of view of the world.

They unveiled their brilliance with their 2002 debut Songs from Cydonia, which offered an ’80s pop sound close to Echo and The Bunnymen, early U2 or New Model Army. Then, in the 2003 followup Secret Chamber, they aded keyboards and emo influences from Sunny Day Real Estate or Engine Down. Then came 2004’s Orion’s Belt, recorded in Chicago’s Engine studios by Santi Garcia, and 2007’s L’Antarctica, issued shortly before the band called a halt to the proceedings. Since returning to active duty a couple of years ago, they have made up for lost time, releasing two albums in 2021 — and now, maintaining their momentum with their seventh full-length Conundrum.”


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