That Brunette (aka Madeline Mondrala) released her highly anticipated Millennium Fig EP on August 28th. The EP follows the release of the “Coolest Girl” single written as a love letter to a longtime friend. In the EP, That Brunette continues to draw lyrical inspiration from existential observations and self-realizations. “It’s about feeling overwhelmed by modernity,” says Mondrala (That Brunette). “It’s also about writer’s block, procrastination, and learning self-love.”

Millennium Fig features two cutting tracks: “Millennium Blues” and “Fig Tree.” That Brunette says “Millennium Blues” takes listeners through her story of realizing she was running in the wrong direction in life, and how she had to accept her mistakes in order to turn things around. “It felt freeing to start all over again with the knowledge I’d gained from my experiences,” says Mondrala. “Fig Tree” is inspired by a Sylvia Plath quote and “focuses on finding gratitude for our own personal, beautiful, metaphorical fig.”

The project speaks from That Brunette’s perspective, but it can be translated to fit every listener’s experience. Millennium Fig is about the growing pains of humanity, starting over at square one, and discovering who you truly are. “You could say it’s about being a creative person in the new millennium, when options are limitless, over-saturation is inevitable, and self-worth is measured in followers,” says Mondrala. “But I say it’s about rejecting that notion completely.”

Artwork for ‘Millenium Fig’ by That Brunette

Dawn Jones is the curator of the V13 imPRESSED Column. Previously known as imPRESSED Indie Music Blog, Jones and her team joined forces with V13 in 2020 to collaborate on an exclusive column on V13's site (imPRESSED) to bring a niche focus to the rapidly evolving indie music genre. Dawn is also the founder of Pressed PR - a boutique PR agency that focuses on PR for independent creatives. Pressed PR’s team works on a variety of campaigns partnering with independent filmmakers, independent artists, and independent labels. Pressed PR’s music clientele has landed in the pages of Billboard, Atwood Magazine, EARMILK, HYPE Magazine, and many others.