On March 1st, Dallas native Juliana Madrid released her first single “Afterlife” from her upcoming collection to be released later this year via Neon Gold Records. Juliana Madrid incorporates aspects of folk, alternative, and pop to write sardonic, coming-of-age tales that are relatable yet uniquely her. In the summer of 2022, Juliana released her self-titled EP. Written by Juliana and produced by GRAMMY-nominated artist, Benjamin Ruttner of The Knocks, the project delves into themes of relationships, religion, and the feelings associated with growing up. With further instrumentation from the likes of Griffin Goldsmith from Dawes and Matt Chamberlain from David Bowie and Pearl Jam, the EP received critical praise from notable media outlets.
Madrid talks about the single, “In ‘Afterlife,’ I am sort of flirting with the universe in hopes of getting more time. I’m often living in my own head, so I tend to get into these ruts where it feels like I’ve been putting my energy towards the wrong thing or not working hard enough, or not using my time to my best advantage. Throughout the song, I attempt to understand these thoughts and try my best to find a middle ground with my own fears.”
‘Afterlife’ contains a nostalgic narrative, attractive vocals, and tuneful melodies. With power, Juliana Madrid sings, “I’m not great but I might be alright. So, kiss my perfect afterlife goodbye.” The surly tune includes drums and guitar-laden instrumentation spiced with contemporary pop, rock, and alternative attributes.
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