Since returning from her six-year hiatus, Madi Diaz has shared the confessional songs “Man in Me” and “New Person, Old Place”. That continues on the Nashville-based songwriter’s new song, “Nervous”, but this time she’s not looking at herself in relation to a former partner, but simply focusing on her own shit. She says:
“You know when you hold a mirror up to a mirror and you get an infinite amount of reflections from every angle? That’s what ‘Nervous’ is about. It’s when you’re in a loop of looking at yourself from every vantage point until you’re caught up in your own tangled web of bullshit. It’s about catching yourself acting out your crazy and you’re finally self aware enough to see it, but you’re still out of your body enough and curious enough to watch yourself do it.”
You wouldn’t necessarily know that “Nervous” is a harsh self-examination, as it’s the most upbeat-sounding song we’ve heard from Diaz this year, rumbling along on crunchy guitar and bouncy percussion. It’s something of a Trojan Horse of a song, as you might even find yourself singing along to the earworm chorus “I know that I lie to myself / I’m not really looking to get healthy” before you even realise the brutal honesty in those words. Nevertheless, it doesn’t discount the truth behind those sentiments, and the fact that she can acknowledge these shortcomings and still write them into a super catchy rocker means seems to suggest that she’s coming at them from a healthy standpoint – and will likely conquer them if she stays this positive.