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Madeline Kenney announces her sophomore album Perfect Shapes and shares the record's first single. Produced by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, Perfect Shapes arrives just a year after Kenney's Toro Y Moi-produced debut album Night Night at the First Landing, and proves to be an unexpected leap forward in both composition and musicality. Recorded in Durham, NC in January 2018, five months after the release of Night Night, Perfect Shapes marks Wasner's first foray into producing another artist's work, and the album is permeated by the pair's collaborative spirit, with both artists playing multiple instruments on the record. Dealing with subjects of femininity, societal pressures, expectation, value and self-worth, Kenney stands tall in a moment of musical bravery and personal clarity.
"The first time I heard the songs that would come together to form Madeline Kenney's Perfect Shapes, I understood what it felt like to really have a piece of art speak directly to you...hearing her words felt like someone whispering in my ear the contents of my own mind," explainsWasner. "This was my first time producing music other than my own, and it was one of the only times I've ever experienced working exclusively with women. And it was a creative experience unlike any I've ever had."
Listen to the album's lead single "Cut Me Off" - the most pop-forward song Kenney has written yet - and watch the House of Nod-produced video via NPR Music. Pre-order the album, out October 5th on Carpark Records!
Madeline Kenney is on tour now with Wye Oak, with headline dates to be announced soon - see below to find a show near you.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Madeline Kenney began studying classical piano and dance in kindergarten, and grew to believe her future lay in modern dance choreography. Not one to be tied to a singular pursuit, Kenney took a hard left in college, studying Interpersonal Neurobiology and supporting herself with a career in baking. Music
remained a constant however, and after moving to the Bay Area in 2013, Kenney quickly found footing in the supportive arts community in Oakland. There, she met and began collaborating with Chaz Bear (Toro Y Moi), which led to the production of her Signals EP and later her debut album, Night Night at the First Landing. Both releases were received with great critical acclaim, and saw Kenney exploring the sounds within her self-proclaimed twang-haze genre, defined by cathartic breakdowns and lyrical sensitivity.
Perfect Shapes sees Kenney leaping headfirst into fresh and adventurous territory, largely eschewing conventional rock structures in favor of theme and melody. Its ten songs are full of surprises big and small - from vibrant synth lines to taut bass figures and subtly modulated vocals - that instead of feeling fussed over, reveal Kenney's penchant for elegant and abstract composition. Perfect Shapes leans on some of the foundational pieces of Night Night - fuzzed-out guitar tones, coy wordplay and Kenney's notably strong voice - but with an unconventional approach that allows them to bloom, reincarnated.
Kenney's dazzling arrangements form the perfect backdrop for the complex and open-ended questions at the core of Perfect Shapes: How do you love another when it hurts to do so? What is the physical limit to which one can carry the emotions of others? How does a modern female artist reckon with the expectations demanded of her femininity? Yet for all the notes of doubt and fear that Kenney raises, she delivers each song with impressive nuance and confidence, makingPerfect Shapes a breath of fresh air in a time when we can all use a bit of courage to tackle today's hard questions.
2. Bad Idea
3. Cut Me Off
4. No Weekend
6. The Flavor of the Fruit Tree
7. I Went Home
8. Perfect Shapes
9. Your Art
10. Always Around Me
July 11th - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music
July 12th - Boise, ID @ Neurolux Lounge *
July 13th - Portland, OR @ Revolution Music
July 14th - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret *
July 15th - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
July 17th - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
July 18th - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club *
July 19th - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room *
July 20th - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
July 21st - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
July 23rd - Santa
Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
July 24th - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace *
July 27th - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
* = with Wye Oak