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Ooowee! Vermont-based five-piece Madaila bring the heat with a brand new single we have the honor of premiering today, titled “What If.” Serving as the penultimate track on their upcoming full-length, Traces, “What If” is so, so smooth, a little bit sexy, and impressively soulful from beginning to end—although the same could honestly be said for a good majority of their upcoming LP. Regardless, just trust us—you will be feeling this slow-jam. Listen in below and let us know what you think.

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Speaking to Substream about the creation of “What If” and some of the ideas behind the single, Madaila frontman Mark Daly offers the following:

“I wrote this song when the band was starting to pick up and it was becoming more likely that we’d be touring and away from home a lot. I thought the song would be a good way to express the fear and worry about leaving partners, friends, and family due to being out on the road. From being in a relationship and touring a lot in the past, I remember how strenuous and painful it sometimes can be. After taking a few years off from that schedule, it was stressful thinking about going back out again and missing loved ones—there was obviously some anxiety and dread involved. Writing this song was a good way to release that energy and my feelings about leaving.

The song itself is about two lovers, lost in their bubbles and each other, trying to ignore the giant elephant in the room—that one of them is leaving. There are questions surrounding the departure and the strength of the bond. ‘Will it break?’ ‘Can they make it work?’ ‘What if, with all the distance between them, they realize that they really need each other?’ Do you want to feel dependency? That is the big question here. It’s the idea of actually needing the other person, realizing that, and being okay with it.”

Traces is set to be released on November 4. Whether it’s intentional or not, this album feels like the musical equivalent of a lighthouse purposefully erected to guide His Royal Badness back to us all, and we’re appreciative for the attempt. Seek out this album when it drops.

Tour Dates:
10/14 – The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH
10/27 – Brooklyn Bowl, NY (With Twiddle)
11/3 – Jammin Java, Vienna, VA
11/4 – Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
12/30-31 – Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT
More to be announced soon!