Maddie Jackway marries folk introspection with soulful pop on new single ‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’

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Maddie Jackway marries folk introspection with soulful pop on new single ‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’

Maddie Jackway
Words by Staff Writer

Maddie Jackway is not just an artist to watch; she's an artist to immerse yourself in, as her music resonates with the deepest corners of the soul.

Geelong-based musician Maddie Jackway has just unveiled the latest musical creation upon the world with her newest release, ‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’. The single, a tantalising glimpse into her forthcoming sophomore EP, Kindred, promises a blend of introspective folk narratives, infectious pop hooks, and vocals that soar with soulful resonance.

‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’ encapsulates the essence of Jackway’s artistry. Clocking in at three minutes, this mid-tempo Pop-R&B-Soul track boasts haunting electronic elements and dissonant vocal harmonies, weaving a narrative of being ghosted by someone and the anticipation of their inevitable encounter.

The beautiful harmonies intertwine with flawless vocals, evoking comparisons to the likes of Yebba and Adele and drawing listeners into a world of raw emotion. There’s an undeniable allure to Jackway’s music too, an intrigue akin to the magnetic pull of Meg Mac’s melodies. Jackway’s evolution as an artist is evident in this track, as she explores new sonic territories while retaining her signature authenticity and earnestness.

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Behind the scenes, a team of talented musicians and producers lent their expertise to bring Jackway’s vision to life. Co-produced by Naarm/Melbourne keyboardist and producer Jake Amy, with contributions from Patrick-Earl Danao on drums, Robyn Poppins on percussion, Pia Nesvara on viola, and Juliet Steel on violin, ‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’ is a testament to collaborative creativity. Bailey Judd handled the mixing, while Panorama Mixing & Mastering ensured the track reached its full sonic potential during mastering.

But Jackway’s musical journey doesn’t stop with a single song. On April 5, 2024, she will unveil her sophomore EP, Kindred, a collection of five songs that showcase her genre-defying approach to music. Recorded at Kindred Studios during Jackway’s tenure as Victoria University’s Music Artist in Residence, the EP promises to explore the complexities of the human experience through a blend of pop, soul, and folk influences.

Reflecting on her evolution as an artist, Jackway shares, “I’ve always said that I won’t be boxed into one genre, and this EP really shows that. You can hear all of my different influences as a writer and musician.”

Since bursting onto the scene with her debut EP, What Is This Freedom?, in 2020, Jackway has been steadily carving out her place in the music industry. Opening for renowned acts like Alex Lahey and The Smith Street Band on The Push All Ages Tour and gracing the stage at esteemed festivals such as the Port Fairy Folk Festival, she has proven herself to be a rising star with staying power.


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Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of musical genres, including pop, rock, folk, soul, blues, gospel, R&B, and country, Jackway’s songwriting delves into the depths of the human experience. Her lyrics serve as a conduit for exploring emotions and ideas that may otherwise remain unspoken, inviting listeners to join her on a journey of self-discovery and introspection.

As Jackway prepares to unleash her latest musical offering upon the world, listeners can expect to be captivated by her emotive vocals, irresistible melodies, and heartfelt storytelling.

With ‘You Make Me Look Over My Shoulder’ serving as a promising note of what’s to come, Maddie Jackway is poised to make an indelible mark on the music industry with her sophomore EP, Kindred.

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