“It feels like I just came home from a giant trip, a vacation somewhere. I haven’t communicated pretty much in any way since ‘Shelter.’ I just saved up my story for the past three years. And I’m gonna tell it now.” —Madeon
Hugo Leclercq, the Grammy-nominated musician known as Madeon, first appeared to many as something like a teenaged fireball. In 2011, his frantic yet perfectly sculptural “Pop Culture” famously sampled 39 hits, live, from Daft Punk to Solange, instantly propelling the then-17-year-old to the international stage. By the time of his debut album, Adventure, in 2015, Madeon was a globally beloved artist with production credits for Lady Gaga and Coldplay.
Yet his first full-length, released via Columbia and his own popcultur, still evokes a bright sense of wonder about the world. “I very purposefully stayed with my parents when I made Adventure because I wanted to capture my life as a teenager in France,” he says. “Listening back, it’s a good reminder that it always works out best when you’re sincere. I wasn’t pandering, I was just really trying to make what I loved.” A FADER review called it “expansive, impossibly beautiful… one of the most radiant pop albums in recent memory.” Soon after, he teamed with longtime friend Porter Robinson for “Shelter,” an immersive, ecstatic single he calls their “victory lap.”