Juliana Madrid Is Back in the “Afterlife”

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Juliana Madrid, a talented 22-year-old musician hailing from Dallas, TX has just released her second EP, "Afterlife," on the renowned Neon Gold Records label. The EP features a collection of new songs, including the hit track "Trackstar," which was co-written with two of modern music's most acclaimed names - GRAMMY Award nominees Benjamin Ruttner from The Knocks and Matthew Koma, producer for top artists such as Zedd, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Shania Twain. Juliana Madrid is now set to embark on a west coast tour with SAINT MOTEL, and she's also scheduled to perform at the highly-anticipated All Things Go Festival on Sunday, October 1st. This sold-out event will feature a star-studded lineup of talented artists, including alt-fem legends like Lana Del Rey, boygenius, MUNA, Ethel Cain, and more.

About her newest single "Satisfied” she says: “This song is me bitterly reflecting on a drunken interaction with someone I met at a party with unrequited interest."  It is a seamless fusion of her enduring passion for alternative music from the early 2000s and the melodic cadence of folk guitar rhythms. The resulting sound is a nostalgic nod to her Texan roots, evoking a sense of wistful longing for simpler times and a yearning for the familiar comfort of home. With each note and chord, Juliana effortlessly weaves together the threads of her musical influences, creating a tapestry of sound that is both timeless and uniquely her own.

Wielding her guitar -dubbed “Earl”-, Juliana weaves together a strong follow-up and a worthy sophomore EP full of uplifting melodies and velvety-smooth textures that reflect an inspired and multi-colored meditation on the seasons of life and the bumpy rides they offer as they change; tales as old as time: The coming-of-age story.

The EP is chock full of texture, charm, and personality, no two tracks feel fully alike, so there’s always something wild and exciting going on the next track over to accompany these highly emotive (but not melodramatic!) songs that touch upon everything from fear and insecurity to longing to just burn up with passion.

“Hey! I’m not great but I might be alright. So kiss my perfect afterlife goodbye”

Juliana is of that vaguely defined “singer-songwriter” persuasion, but she’s a perfumed sample of varying influences that become merged into a fairly unique whole:  Her vocals are largely Pop and dream-pop adjacent, her strings speak of a profound love of folkish treasures while the ethereal synths that permeate her melodies give off nostalgic late 90s new-age sheen to her apparent love of the jangly alt scene of the aughts.

So...Looking for a fresh jolt of energy? Something that’s titillating and emotionally rich? Sink your teeth into Juliana’s Afterlife EP.

Juliana Madrid’s tour dates:


Wed 9.13 - Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music Hall %

Thu 9.14 - Austin, TX @ Emo's %

Sat 9.16 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater %

Mon 9.18 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren %

Sat 9.23 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore %

Sun 9.24 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades %

Tue 9.26 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre %

Wed 9.27 - Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom %

Sat 10.1 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (All Things Go Festival)

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