Meedon is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has taken an unexpected path to her musical life. A self described latchkey kid, she grew up lonely and was discouraged from following her dreams. Although she had been playing piano since childhood, she was taught that pursuing a life in music was a waste of time and that happiness was a myth that distracted from responsibility.
So, in those early years Meedon did as she was told. She attended the ‘right’ classes and worked toward a career in which she did not believe. The experience left her feeling empty and unfulfilled. She describes herself during those years as “a cork at sea.” Then one day, when she was at her lowest emotional point, Meedon sat down at the piano and began to write songs. Despite a lifetime of musical training, this was the first time she had created her own music. She recorded her songs and placed them on Facebook. With no experience in the music business, she had little expectation that anything would come of the project.
Then something happened. Within a year she had over 200,000 fans. Her music was being played around the world and she received high-profile attention from major publications, including Billboard magazine. A new musical life was born. However, the music was only one piece of her healing journey. Over the next few years she would repeatedly travel to the rainforests of Peru and explore the healing power of plant medicines Ayahuasca and Sanango. She says, “These ancient medicinal plants help to heal on every level: physical, psychological, and spiritual.”
Over the past three years Meedon has worked tirelessly on a brand new collection of music. She teased some of the new material in recent months with a handful of singles. On August 27, 2021 the singer unveiled her debut album “Purge.” The ten song collection finds the singer musically and psychologically awakening to the new life she has created. The record is a testament to her journey, and as the title suggests it represented a dismissal of past negative energies and obstacles. From the self realization of songs like “Cursed Ego” and “Just Breathe” to the self forgiveness and acceptance of “Perfect” and “Come What May,” this is the sound of a human being discovering what it means to really be alive.
Musically the record is a wild mix of influences and genres. Meedon’s classical training is apparent in the intricate arrangements and complex chordal structures throughout. However, the album’s many truly inspired moments stem from the artist’s experimentation with the avant-garde and Alternative Rock and Electronic sounds that first inspired her to create. She cites cutting edge artists like Tom Waits, Lauryn Hill and Radiohead as early influences. The songs of “Purge” share in her heroes’ fearless approach to genre-bending exploration. From the funky Alt-Pop grooves of tracks like “Don’t Forget” and the Talking Heads-esque “What You Need” to the St. Vincent-style experimental Glitch Rock of “Just Breathe,” Meedon’s sound is bold and untethered.
Throughout “Purge,” Meedon hints at cutting edge styles from across the decades of modern music. There is a strong Trip-hop thread running through the record, with clear nods to the genre’s greats like Thom Yorke and Morcheeba. We can hear the influence of iconic singers like Kate Bush and Bjork in her voice. However, Meedon’s music is distinctly her own. Her influences make an appearance. They color the sound. But ultimately, this is a record entirely of and about the artist herself.
Check out the video for “Just Breathe” below. You can also hear the track “There There (Jajang)” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. We had the opportunity to chat with Meedon about the album, the past and the future. Check out her answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with the singer. Get on her socials and get in the loop on all of the current and future projects from this multifaceted artist. And don’t forget to download and stream “Purge” today.
8 Questions with Meedon
Where are you from?
I’m from Ohio.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for about 10 years for myself but only for 3 years professionally
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
On the album PURGE, I did all the writing, arranging, producing, singing, performing, and Robert Francis did all the bass, electric, & acoustic guitars and mixing.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
The Beatles & Radiohead hit me the hardest. Nothing has come close since then.
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
There are so many non musical influences… the greatest? I think ayahuasca. LOL
What inspired you to create this project?
I wanted to put together tangible proof that I not only survived the madness of my past but that I could turn it into something beautiful, something that I’m proud of, and something that could resonate, connect with, and even help others who may have gone through something similar.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
The only plans I have is to keep making music and to keep trying to share it with the public. I’d like to tour, but no plans as of yet
What was the meaning behind your album?
This is going to sound intense, but I’m just going to be real. I used to believe that I was broken at my core, worthless, and incompetent at everything… that I had no right to be happy and that I never would be. It’s been a long road filled with loneliness, humiliation, and regret. (Put it this way, no one asks me to share my childhood stories at dinner).
This debut album encapsulates the struggle for my own sense of freedom, safety, and love over the last 10 years in particular. Because during those years I’ve transformed the most and could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. And I never guessed that that light was ME. I was the light at the end of the tunnel all along.
Like a snake that sheds its skin to reveal what has been there all along, I “purged” most of my old programming that filled me with self-doubt and fears of failure and judgment. The result of that purge is not only finishing the album, but also having the determination, confidence, and desire to share it with others out of the need to connect and love. Because once you “purge”, you can’t help but overflow with love for yourself, and for others.