Uma Bloo — the project of Chicago musician Molly Madden — is back, having just announced a brand new album entitled Don’t Drive Into the Smoke, due March 23, 2022 via Earth Libraries. Today, she unveils its debut single, “Never Know Me”.
Speaking on the track, bassist + keys player Luke Blanco wrote: “The best way to describe this song? It is a salute, in both sound and message. Sound, in the marching rhythms and triumphal riffs fanfaring the chorus. Message, in the unyielding, headstrong lyrics and their manifesto of resoluteness, individuality, and self-reliance. All of this comes to a crescendo in the bridge, an almost cacophonous affair not unlike bombs going off or helicopters flying overhead, only to resolve itself in the final movement, a moment of victory. A moment of celebration.”
Vocalist/guitar player/songwriter Molly Madden said that the song was inspired by “the intersection of love and lust and the anger of not being fully seen by another.” “I wrote the lyrics to this song very quickly, I was highly activated when I sat to spell out what I was feeling. I was frustrated because I had been trying to make connections around the city but kept getting sexualized before some meaningful amount of human recognition in one another could be established,” she said.
She hopes listeners take away the following: “As long as you’re in touch with the truth of yourself, no one can devalue you. The closer you are to yourself, the more discernment you have for the people you’re dealing with.”