Seattle born and Oakland based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Madeline Kenney recently announced her Toro Y Moi-produced debut album, and today she shares its second single. Entitled “Always,” the transfixing song is “kind of a temper tantrum about my frustrations with certain people in the art and music world; about having to kowtow to people who haven’t necessarily earned my respect because that’s the way things work, I suppose,” Kenney tells NPR. “Even though I was pretty bitter when I wrote it, there are a few jokes hidden in there. I can’t take anything, even my own convictions, seriously.” Listen to “Always” now via NPR Music’s Songs We Love.
Madeline Kenney will release her sublime debut album Night Night At The First Landingon September 1st. Written, arranged and recorded at home by Kenney, and produced by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear, Night Night will be released on Bear’s Carpark Records offshoot Company Records and follows last year’s acclaimed SignalsEP. Watch the music video for the album’s first single “Rita” HERE via Gorilla vs. Bear.
Madeline Kenney is a renaissance woman. She has a degree in neuroscience, is a skilled artist, painter and knitter, was a baker for over 9 years, and makes ends meet by nannying during the day. One might wonder where she finds the time for music, but not only has she been a musician since the age of three, but she also writes and records her own material, currently teaches voice and piano lessons, runs a small record label and is learning how to produce and engineer at the Women’s Audio Mission – the *only* women-built and run studio in the world.
Kenney moved to the Bay Area in 2014 to pursue a career in baking, but ultimately found a supportive local arts community that inspired her to return to her musical roots. A chance encounter with Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear resulted in her debut EP Signals, which was produced by Bear and released on his label Company Records. Immediately after its release, Kenney began working on her debut album. As with Signals, Bear was on hand as producer, but with Kenney as the writer, arranger and key creative force. Kenney also appears on a track on Toro Y Moi’s latest album Boo Boo. An accomplished debut with a cohesive sound, Night Night is a record balanced by serene beauty and cathartic breakdowns. Kenney’s huge voice delivers emotional brushstrokes and unexpected lyrical knots.
Night Night is unavoidably dreamy, dipping into sweet fuzz while sailing through smooth, crystalline production. “Everything has felt very accidental,” Kenney says. Though Night Night At The First Landingis technically her first full-length, music has always been a key part of her life. Singing came naturally to the bold-voiced Kenney and she was singing loudly before beginning to study piano at the age of five. To call this record a “debut” is something of a misnomer, as those who know Kenney best might note: she’s always made music. For the sake of music lovers, she hopefully always will.
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