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“Shiversucker” - Madge | Review

Madge sets a new standard for a sweaty hyper pop summer anthem with “Shiversucker”.

If you have been loving Charli xcx and Doechii taking on the hyper pop space but Von Dutch is no longer packing the punch you need, well we have just the thing for you. The production on "Shiversucker" is a masterclass in hyperpop aesthetics. Glitchy synths, distorted bass, and frenetic drum patterns create a sonic landscape that's both chaotic and irresistibly danceable. The track's structure defies conventional pop formulas, instead opting for an ever-evolving soundscape that keeps listeners on their toes throughout its runtime.

Madge is this unfiltered non stop hyperpop ride that only gets more delicious and tantalizing with each beat. I love the integration of pop culture references - I’m crazy, I’m cute chants from Bring It On, My will is pretty feral, I play Dumb and he gets Dumber. There is this infectiously cheeky quality and playfulness in the lyrics.

I love the integration of unapologetic queer existence. “Butch then a femme again / wanna fuck her friend / wanna see me switch”. The essence of this song excludes a sense of liberation and freedom. Its unapologetic embrace of queer identity, coupled with its infectious energy, positions it as a potential rallying cry for marginalized communities seeking representation in mainstream pop culture. It is ambitious and infectious and THIS is the song for a chaotic girl/gays/and theys summer.

A non-binary ex-mormon, Madge’s music is inextricably linked to a life dedicated to being their most authentic self. An innovator of the hyperpop genre, Madge was being put on the original playlists back when this style of music was just being defined. Their 2020 EP, Ethanol, set a precedent as part of the original Spotify Hyperpop playlist and has directly shaped the hyperpop landscape we see now..

It’s this earnest passion that led Madge to partner with Tanner Williams, a queer, former hyper-orthodox Mormon raised in Provo, Utah, for the music video. Drawing from personal experiences under oppressive religious expectations, this film is an unabashed exploration of freedom.

Review by Hannah Schneider

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