“Some people leave home, some never do” Madelyn Victoria serenades, continuing on “Some always feel alone, I think the ocean is blue / But I’m alright – right here with you.” These lyrics open the floodgates to a smorgasbord of poetic admissions that make up the whole of the Texas born n’ bred singer/songwriter’s latest single, but they aren’t the only decadent gems to behold in the song’s three minutes of play. Fitted with a velvet soft string section that ushers us closer to the melody and away from the distress of everyday life, “Right Here With You” welcomes listeners of all tastes into a realm of artistry that is Madelyn Victoria’s own, and if you haven’t already caught wind of her fascinating style of country music I would recommend this track as a great place to start.
In addition to the single, Victoria shot a video for “Right Here With You” that she directed and produced herself. Filmed with the assistance of Hector Aleman, the video takes us into a lively roadside Texas saloon where love, lust and a little intoxication all come together to provide a soundtrack to good times with strangers and friends alike. We watch as a romance grows out of the energy that the night has to offer, but Victoria’s singing remains the only real object our affections. There’s an exotic bend in her voice (and later the fiddle) accentuated in the chorus that is perfectly timed with each embrace in the video, and instead of just picturing what she’s lyrically illustrating we’re witnessing it before our eyes in high definition live action.
The recording of the song on its own is stunningly captivating and features a mix that is essentially devoid of the tinny treble that frequently plagues modern country singers. The twang in the guitar and the sleek execution of the fiddle parts shine like a pair of rubies, but they never interrupt the flow of Victoria’s singing, which is as smooth as silk and worthy of its placement at center stage. I’d actually be curious to hear a fully stripped down, acoustic version of this song. I think in that scenario there would be no question that the skin and bones of the melody originate from Madelyn Victoria exclusively, who could likely play this song with nothing more than a guitar in her hands and still bring down the house just the same.
Bolstered by affectionate harmonies and passionate lyricism the likes of which had only been hinted at in her previous releases, “Right Here With You” is a game-changing release for Madelyn Victoria, whose rise to prominence in the country underground has been swift and certain from day one. What really gets me is that even though she’s clearly honing her style and filtering the best attributes in her skillset she isn’t getting egomaniacal or self-centered in her songwriting. Her lyrics, and her music for that matter, are levelheaded and accessible despite their overwhelmingly personable qualities. This single has the pop hooks and rollicking beat to satisfy more casual country fans as well as diehard aficionados, and considering the diversification of modern music as we know it that’s a pretty excellent characteristic to possess.
WATCH THE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjjLeI5Y_lA