Americana/folk singer-songwriter Melody Duncan sat down recently with @skopemag to talk about her new album, “Wolf Song” (out now).
@skopemag: Hi, Melody! This album (“Wolf Song”) is one that taps into a feeling of searching and exploring emotions. Tell us about it.
Melody: I’m excited to release this album because several of the songs were written years ago, while others were written as I was recording the album. It expresses the exploration of emotions and the meaning of certain life challenges. My hope is that the different songs will connect with listeners on a deep level and inspire a sense of belonging.
@skopemag: Let’s dive into one song in particular. What is the story behind “Lonely”? Did it come from the social distancing aspects of COVID?
Melody: I started writing “Lonely” before COVID started spreading, however the lyrics were finalized during the quarantine days of the pandemic. We can be lonely physically, but we can also be lonely in a crowded room. The song is about taking that difficult emotion and choosing to reach out despite it. Often, we avoid reaching out when we feel deeply lonely, but I think that’s when it’s most important to reach out.
@skopemag: How has living in the South played a part in your music and your sound?
Melody: Though I’ve traveled to many different countries, I’ve always had my home in the South. I’m sure it has influenced me in ways I’m not even aware of. I was fortunate to grow up around a lot of musicians and cool opportunities surrounding music. I don’t take that for granted.
@skopemag: How would you describe your music? Who are your biggest influences?
Melody: Honestly, it’s hard for me to describe my music, but I’ve been told it’s a mix of genres: Americana, bluegrass, indie, rock. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of styles and artists; I imagine that has played a part in my music over the years. Some of my biggest influences include: my family (most all of them musicians), Fritz Kreisler, Chris Thile, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, and Alison Krauss.