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"Meant to Be" - Maddisun | Review

Bright and sunny singer/songwriter Maddisun follows her debut album with “Meant To Be,” the song she had been working on for months, patiently waiting for inspiration to strike.

After repeatedly strumming through the chords and humming through the melody thousands of times, she is finally releasing the finished product— an upbeat tune that melds indie pop with Americana folk influences. With a twinge of 90’s pop rock strategically and carefully laced in, the result is a nostalgic song that feels warm and familiar, yet new and refreshing all the same.

An acoustic guitar leads the song, and is a strong accompaniment to Maddisun’s lifted vocals; reminiscent of striking women in rock like Maggie Rogers and Betty Who. The guitar solo in the bridge adds a 90s edge to the song, and acts as the perfect release of musical tension. It’s all let go in that moment, making such an already carefree tune even more wild and untamed.

Lyrically, the song is about being assured that you’re going in the direction you’re meant to go; and while on the journey, you’re becoming the person you’re supposed to be. It’s inspiring and reassuring, and ultimately a feel-good tune. It feels like driving down the highway without a care in the world, letting the wind whip through your hair as you drive at ultra-high speeds. It encourages individuality in such a way that makes exploring your identity feel like an adventure— one that is exhilarating to be a part of. Uptempo and beaming with life, “Meant to Be” is bursting at the seams with creativity and inspiration.

Maddisun is the Canadian indie-folk musician that wants to connect with her audience through songs that come from the heart. Covering a wide variety of music, her introspective songs inspire self-acceptance and comfort. Her debut album, “Self Reflections” was released in August of 2020 with the support of a Creative BC grant. Her good vibes are contagious, and she is a true ray of sunshine to be reckoned with.

Written by Jess Ward

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