You may recognize Mado Smith’s creative handiwork — he’s exhibited his visual art in spots like the Charleston Music Hall lobby — but his rich, ambient soundscapes, which he’s made for a while now, have gone largely under the radar. That’s hopefully changing with the release of Smith’s notable new single “Chemistry.”

“I’ve been writing music since I started playing guitar about 20 years ago, but I have been recording and releasing music since 2010, with my freshman EP Tenderfoot, with some long breaks in-between,” Smith says. “I’ve been working on a debut album, Beta, for years, with imagery in mind and in production, but the process has taken me much longer than I was expecting.”

Now, instead of waiting to release as a whole, Smith has decided to drop parts of it, song by song, beginning with “Chemistry,” which is the halfway marker for the album’s completion. Out this summer, Beta is certainly influenced by his visual endeavors, and vice versa. Smith says the relationship between his visual and musical outlets is a dynamic one.

“I think I am a synethsthete, so one medium is always informing the other,” he says. “I hear colors and see sounds, so I painted the artwork for ‘Chemistry’ inspired by the colors that I hear within the song, which was written inspired by the images i see. To me, textures, lines, and colors are universal and are just as present in sound as they are on the visual plane. I think I’m fascinated with the untapped potential of uncovering forgotten wisdom within these elements in all mediums.”

Listen to Chemistry here:


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