In a swirl of elastic strings, edited drums, and layered vocals, Madeline Mondrala‘s “Bad Kid” feels like a beautifully constructed, totally surreal dream. She sings that she’s “losing sleep over losing sleep,” but the sprawling instrumental middle section certainly feels like we’ve dazed off. The video, alternating between frolicking dancers and close-up shots of Mondrala intensely singing, matches the surrealist quality of the music. It all comes together in the middle section, when the music changes rhythms and Madeline is joined by a crowd of dancers in perfectly in-sync, choreographed moves.
The singer/songwriter released her five-song EP, Cloud, earlier this year, which includes “Bad Kid” and other similarly lush and abstract songs.