Ever-productive singer-songwriter Madilyn Bailey delivers two new singles today (Dec. 5) with “All My Oxygen” and “Tastes Like Karma,” which contain a natural thematic connection.
The artist and YouTuber — Madilyn recently celebrated her channel’s ten year anniversary — has built a solid reputation with her steady output of covers and original music, but she steps it up a notch with a dual release that captures the entire arc of an imperiled relationship.
The two tracks are powerful vocal showcases equally matched by the cinematic production for “Oxygen” and flashy pop treat of “Karma.” It’s a fitting dynamic despite the vastly different situations that each song focuses on.
“‘All My Oxygen’ tells the story of a toxic, one-sided relationship that I was in,” Madilyn tells Billboard. “We’ve all heard the saying put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others, and the same can be said about a relationship. Even though, more than anything, I wanted to save this person from their demons, I ultimately had to make the decision to save myself first.”
If “All My Oxygen” deals with the weight of confronting a tough decision, “Tastes Like Karma” finds Madilyn reaping the rewards of taking that step. The latter also benefits from an unmistakably assured sense of optimism that’s been renewed from her current, stronger relationship.
“When we treat ourselves right, we open ourselves up to the side of karma that gives instead of takes,” she shares. “When I met my future husband Jimmy, everything I had been through to get to him made sense and more than that, it made me grateful for what I went through.”
The combination allows Madilyn to share her whole experience with the weight of hindsight and relief of a better future.
Check out the double release from Madilyn below.