MEDUSA: REVENGE POP ARTIST
Medusa is a nonbinary ‘revenge-pop’ musician based in Buffalo, New York. Their signature production - described by Soundriv as “a breakthrough collection of LGBTQ hymns,” and by Bucketlist as “the most inventive [expletive] music we’ve heard in a long time” - often features unconventional sounds like wolf howls and cheerleading chants. Medusa describes their style as “by any means necessary,” then makes good on the promise.
But the 27 year old is never weird for the sake of being different. When they set out to distort an 808 bassline, or loop a news anchor’s voice into a ghostly choir, they’re really trying to perform a kind of emotional alchemy: the transformation of joy, fear, and agony into visceral pop music. After Medusa grabs their demons by the throat, they shove them into a time signature, hoping to imprison them in song. Then, like the infamous Gorgon herself, they return to their cave until it is time to defend themselves again.
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“But to me, the most interesting thing about Medusa isn’t Poseidon attacking her, or her transformation. It’s what happens after that. We’re not just victims of transphobia, or of assault ... So, I wanted to explore what happens to Medusa after she’s exiled. After trauma and transformation, how do we live in our new bodies and minds? How do we defend ourselves? Which threats are real, and which are just shadows on the wall of the cave?”
ALLEGORY OF THE G/RAVE
"In that way, they update the myth for the community they have built online, imparting a certain wisdom that while being different may be off-putting to some, it’s actually a source of power, a means of self-protection if harnessed well. And because they learned it the hard way, Medusa seeks to pay it forward with this narrative film of the concept album" -Audiofemme
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)
KINDA OUTTA LUCK
“So cool it should probably be illegal.” - Soundigest