Since the release of her debut album, 2022's Crashlanded, we've been big fans of Madeline Edwards here at Holler. It's of little surprise, really, as her self-described "dreamy western" repertoire offers a bit of something for everyone; traversing polished country, soul, west coast jazz and a little bit of fuzzy rock to top it all off.
So we were more than glad to welcome her to The Betsey Trotwood pub in London for her Holler Live Session, eager to be part of such an intimate audience for a more stripped-back set.
Gliding into her songs with an effortless confidence, it's clear that Edwards knows her shit. Kicking off with 'The Wolves', her rich, gospel-influenced vocals challenged others to underestimate her. "I dare you to try to take me down / Say that I can't, I won't, or I shouldn't / Then watch me rise above it", she sang, the occasional growl bringing a touch of edge to proceedings.
The same defiance continues into the lighthearted yet anthem-ready 'Mama, Dolly, Jesus'. "You ain't mama, Dolly or Jesus / They're the only voices in my head that I tend to agree with / So pick your bones and throw your stones / I ain't inclined to please ya", she delivers with a knowing smile. And who can disagree?
Edwards' set closes on title track 'Crashlanded'. The song offers up a more reflective and vulnerable side to her character, as she tackles feelings of not belonging and current troubles of fake politicians, lack of faith and pointless fame.
Despite its change in tone, her vigour was all the same. And, even without her full band and plugged-in setup, Madeline Edwards delivered her bold songwriting with the flair of a true performer. Safe to say her time in London was anything but a crash-landing.
Performing her songs 'The Wolves', 'Mama, Dolly, Jesus' and 'Crashlanded', this is Madeline Edwards for the Holler Live Sessions.
Director: Dan Monro
Cameras: Dan Monro, Tom Francome, Nick Richards and Joe Monk
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Kastoryano
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producers: Ross Jones & Gemma Donahoe