For Atlanta-based bedroom-pop artist Nadia Marie, music has been both a lifeline in her journey to recover the past and a way to find sure footing for the future. It all began just a few years ago when she was attending college for sculpture (and fronting art-punk group Curio Museum). Nadia was riding her bike home from class when someone ran out into the road in front of the car she was following, causing her to swerve and clip the curb. She was thrown from the bicycle and hit her head hard against the ground, and though she was bleeding and disoriented, she walked away from the scene without seeking medical aide.
Unknown to her, the trauma to her brain led to her developing a severe case of amnesia, which subsequently erased three years of memories — the two before the accident and the one directly after. Eventually, she began to form new memories, though everything around her seemed so different to Nadia as she began to piece together what her life used to be and what it would be going forward.
“There was so much of me that didn’t come back, so much of me that I couldn’t ever find again,” Nadia says. “I had no idea how to sculpt anymore. It was just gone. None of my clothing felt like it was mine. I didn’t like spicy food before, and now I’m obsessed with it. I had to relearn how to speak, and my speech patterns have been different since the accident. It felt like being Parent Trapped. I’m definitely not who I was, and I’m not really sure how I know that. There are all these little things in your brain that can be altered that you don’t think about until those connections are gone and rewired in a totally different way.”
It was during her recovery that the seeds of her forthcoming debut EP, “Weekday Weekend,” an autobiographical collection of songs dealing with issues of lost identity, memory and profound ache, were first sewn. Set for release on August 23, the record presents 5 tracks of ethereal bedroom pop which possess a heart built upon equal parts dancefloor propulsion and voyeuristic introspection. The songs paint a personal and honest portrait of an artist reconciling an unexpected reality with past expectations.
“I like how DIY and intimate each track sounds,” she reveals. “It really reflected my bedroom-bound state. But they also have this texture that sounds like the digital era we’re living in—there’s something disconnected about them. I’m really into exploring how that plays into amnesia and a sense of self and space.”
On recent single, “Yes//No,” she blends wobbly synths with vividly insistent beats that reverberate along the length of your spine. Nadia’s voice effortlessly moves through these synthetics sounds, providing an emotional framework which anchors the weight of these dense musical movements. The bright rhythms draw you quickly into this world, but it’s her words and the ways in which they entangle themselves within the music that persuades us to fully embrace her compelling aural perspective.