Some dance to connect, others dance to escape. But there’s an intermediate here as well, as Madison McFerrin‘s first self-produced song “Stay Away (From Me)” expresses so eloquently. Its supple soul-laced groove warps and contorts like ice cream melting under a ray of light; though instead of crumbling, McFerrin – the daughter of the legendary Bobby McFerrin – keeps her vocal delivery centred and resolute, cutting her path down the middle within the song’s inviting, translucent cadence.
“Escaping the trap of my mind can be a hard one. ‘Am I doing the right thing?” she says of the song. “Have I taken the right actions? Am I too late?’ Written in December 2020, “Stay Away (From Me)” served as a conduit to – and through – the fear of the unknown that was so ripe in that moment. One of the first songs I fully produced myself, “Stay Away (From Me)” helped me let go of some of the gripping anxiety that came with our new reality. In creating this music, I hope to let others know that they are not going through this moment alone.”