Published Sep 22, 2014East Coast singer-songwriter Mo Kenney proved her writing chops on her self-titled 2012 debut, taking home a SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the process, and she's ready to return with In My Dreams. The sophomore effort arrives on September 30 via Pheremone Recordings/New Scotland Records, but you can give it an advanced listen right here on Exclaim.ca.
In My Dreams was produced by Joel Plaskett, who helped add an edgier, classic rock-inspired touch to Kenney's usually folksy sound. A recent press release addresses the pair's working relationship, stating that "though a certain musical direction was carved out in advance, much of the making of the album relied on the spontaneity and stylistic compatibility of the two."
Baby-faced and angel-voiced at times, that added rock'n'roll punch can be heard on Kenney's new material like when she sweetly sings, "Take me outside and blow my fucking head off" in her ode to alcohol "Take Me Outside." There are songs about lovers on the side ("Telephones"), wandering the streets at night ("Untouchable") and, of course, as the title of the album closer implies, "Dancing."
It's a collection of songs that pushes Kenney beyond the realm of a Maritime folk singer and hears her evolve into a confident and experimental-leaning musician. Hear it for yourself below.