Ears Wide Open: Madeline Spooner

Madeline Spooner (Photo by Ellyn Jameson)
Madeline Spooner (Photo by Ellyn Jameson)

Having done her homework as an acoustic singer-songwriter, Wisconsin-bred Madeline Spooner moves to graduate-level avant-pop on her forthcoming EP “Nautilus,” due July 31. Today she unveiled the first single, “Had to Let It Go,” a dreamy communiqué, about shucking the weight of the world, that embodies the mystical themes on EP. The six-song collection, featuring electronic beats, synths, bass and strings to accent Spooner’s rich vocals, was made in collaboration with producer Ethan Allen and follows her’s 2013 electro EP “Heartshapes.” With its airy flourishes and cinematic sweep, “Had to Let It Go” has the same je ne sais quois as the more experimental work of Marina and the Diamonds. It’s good for letting go.

||| Stream: “Had to Let It Go”

||| Live: Madeline Spooner continues her residency tonight at the Satellite, performing early leading into sets from Sweden’s Immanu El and L.A.’s Lone Kodiak.