MEDUSA: REVENGE POP ARTIST

Medusa is a nonbinary "revenge pop" artist based in Buffalo, New York. Like their namesake, they have embraced the power of being seen as a monster. Their coming-of-gender LP, Boy of the Year, sparked a blaze through 2020's underground queer scene. Its unique sound - drawing from hip-hop, hyperpop, nu-metal, and cheerleading chants - drew the attention of blogs globally. Thanks to a viral TikTok push in January 2021, their cult following increased twenty-fold. This new attention caused a resurgence of one of the first songs, Danny Phantom, a dark raptronica confessional about eating disorder recovery, leading to nearly a million streams. The hallmark of Medusa's budding career is the personal connection fellow outcasts feel to both them and their music.

TIKTOK
46.2k followers
1.3 million likes

INSTAGRAM
14.2k followers

SPOTIFY
10.5k followers
28k monthly listeners

31k playlist adds

 

INTERVIEWED BY:
•The Daily Public (Print; New York) x
•WRFI (Radio; New York) 
•SecretEclectic (Blog; US) x
•Soundriv (Blog; Poland) x

•Cut It Out Magazine (Blog, US) x
•IntoFruition (Blog; New York) x

•Blonde Records (Webseries; US) x
•Rising Artists Blog (Blog; Global) x
•The Instigator Hour (Podcast; NY) x

FEATURED IN OR RECOGNIZED BY:
•YMX Radio (Radio; London) 
•The Independent (Newspaper; UK) x
•Bucketlist (Blog; US) x
•IggyMagazine (Blog; France) x
•Buffablog (Blog; New York) x / x / x / x / x / etc
•Burchfield Penney (Gallery; Buffalo) x +
•Soundigest (Blog; Global) x
•The Q Review (Blog; Canada)
•WeirdAtNight [NadaMucho] (Stream; Global)
•Record The Resonance (Blog; US)
•The Other Side (Blog; Global) x
•York Calling (Blog; UK) x
•Nexus Music Blog (Blog; US) x
•For The Punks (Blog; Global) x
•Keep Walking Music (Blog; Spain) x
•Global Money World (Blog; US) 
•Nebula Music (Podcast; US)
•Rarenorm (Reviewer; Twitch) x
•Shoegazing (Magazine; Haverford College) x
•SheSaid.So (Community; Global)
•RedRoll (Blog; Global) x
•Mangowave (Blog; Global) x
•Os Garatos de Liverpool (Blog; Brazil) x

I can more easily describe my art in emotional terms. It’s got rage and defiance, but it’s also cheeky and playful. It’s brutal and spiteful, but also reflective. My music is, at its core, revenge pop; Medusa is a revenge fantasy.”

Medusa via Rising Artists Blog, 2021

Medusa, trans nonbinary alt-pop musician and rapper; white suit, tuxedo, tiara, horns; bouquet of flowers; fake blood; prom scene, Carrie; photographer Justin Ruggiero

REVIEW: S. O. B. STORY
"A perfect mix, a talent that jumps out from the start. You won't be disappointed. With an expressive and chaotic soundscape, a kind of electro hyper-pop that takes on very eclectic bursts, the artist quite simply stands out." -IggyMagazine (translated)

REVIEW: BOY OF THE YEAR
“A breakthrough. A collection of hymns of the LGBTQ+ community and those who are close to music from the borderlines of hyper- pop, trap, dark pop, and even nu-metal.” - Soundriv (translated)

REVIEW: KINDA OUTTA LUCK
“So cool it should probably be illegal.” - Soundigest

REVIEW: BOY OF THE YEAR
“Every time you think you've got a handle on it, Medusa throws you a curve ball. (Boy of the Year) is the most inventive, game-changing album I've heard in a long f*cking time.” -Bucketlist

Sample Tracks