BRANDON COLBEIN, “Mad”
It’s been almost three years since we’ve heard Brandon Colbein sing his own songs, which were previously recorded as Brandon Skeie. With a striking voice that wastes no time in convincing you of its potency, Brandon is back with the emotional ballad “Mad”. I often look for perspective in lyrics, and Brandon nails it here. The song is offered from a point of view in the aftermath of a relationship when you’re still angry at your former lover – and perhaps, always will be. But it plays on those moments when you still realize you loved this person at one time, and you’re torn about staying mad at them forever. As with the exhilarating “So Bad” in 2016 – which has had millions of views online and turned out to be my favourite song of that year – “Mad” cuts right through to your bones. It fills you with empathy but also presents a second look at the relationship, even if it’s fleeting, before life continues on its path. Despite his absence from recording, Brandon’s been a busy songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing songs for the likes of Zayn, Liam Payne, Hayley Kiyoko, Bea Miller, and In Real Life, among many others. “Mad” puts Brandon right back into the mix without skipping a beat.