Le Canal Auditif reviews The Details

By Jean-Simon Fabien, Le Canal Auditif

Mine de rien, la petite Mo nous présente son troisième album, The Details, elle que nous avons découvert fragile et menue en 2012 avec un premier effort écorché et dépouillé.
Principalement acoustique, ce premier disque compilait les échecs d’adolescente de Mo alors qu’elle mettait des paroles sur ses premières compositions. On l’a découvert alors qu’elle cherchait des réponses sur la vie d’adulte qu’elle expérimentait : l’amitié, l’amour et l’angoisse. Le tout avait été sobrement enregistré et produit par Joel Plaskett, complice de la première heure de Mo. Déjà, on était sous le charme de sa voix, de sa fragilité et de son humour noir.
Son deuxième album était prudent textuellement, mais intégrait davantage d’instruments et une dynamique de groupe entre Mo et ses musiciens.
The Details achève cette transformation. Mo est maintenant la chanteuse et guitariste assumée de son band et elle n’a plus à rougir de ses influences ou encore de ses textes à haute teneur en émotions. On la sent plus à l’aise de s’affirmer au chant, une guitare électrique entre les mains. On The Roof qui lance véritablement ce nouvel album, après la comique intro We Have A Cat, en témoigne. Mo y va même un refrain à la Emily Haines à la belle époque de Metric. La grosse basse de Video Game Music et sa puissante mélodie est un autre bon exemple. [READ MORE]

The Line of Best Fit: Watch Mo Kenney in session; new single and tour dates also announced

By The Line Of Best Fit

Canadian Mo Kenney’s made a name for herself with a gutsy take on the M.O. of a roots singer/songwriter: she’s lyrically sharp and musically fearless.

There’s a new single out ahead of her next record and you can listen to “On The Roof” right now over on her Soundcloud while The Details – a 14-song concept album – follows next year.

“The album starts off kind of hopeless and gets progressively more optimistic,” says Kenney. “This album is the details of coming out the other side.”

Kenney plays shows in early February across the UK but you can watch a session we cut with her earlier this year at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival above.

Kenney’s tour kicks off in Inverness on 3 February, ending in Exeter on 10 February. Find out more.

New Constellations 2017

New Constellations, a Nation(s)wide Tour of Music & Arts, starts this week! Excited to be a part of it! Tickets are on sale here:

The Details

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1. Cat’s Not A Cake
2. On The Roof
3. Details
4. June 3rd
5. Maybe I Am
6. Counting
7. Out The Window
8. If You’re Not Dead
9. Unglued
10. I Can’t Wait
11. Video Game Music
12. Lights Out
13. Punchy
14. Feelin’ Good

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With her third album, The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. On each of its 14 tracks, she unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. The concept album is her most personal and cohesive work to date—combining elements of bruising rock ’n’ roll, vivid psychedelia, and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, Kenney navigates the darkest waters in her life with self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring, and typical black humour. It opens with a calm before the storm as the eerie sadness of “Cat’s Not a Cake”—about splitting a beloved pet in half as a relationship falls apart—provides a deceptively gentle beginning to a ride that swiftly steers into self-destruction.

Following up with the off-the-rails overdrive of “On The Roof,” The Details explodes out of the gate, finding Kenney unable to escape the dangerous spiral she finds herself in. Before and during writing the album, Kenney was en route to rock bottom: depressed with dark blues and drinking like a fish, unable to hold herself or her relationships together, alienating the people she loves, and living hell-bent on oblivion. She comes to terms with her own toxic behaviour while channeling the late Elliott Smith through spectral atmospheres on “June 3rd.” With “Maybe I Am”—a reverb-soaked tune that turns to punchy guitar riffs—she realizes in the midst of trying to hook up with someone that she can’t interact with humans properly. The hazy, laid back calm of “Counting” finds her worried she’s fallen so far into despair that she’s losing her mind. And the vicious, rollicking “If You’re Not Dead” shows her playing warped mind games over feral guitar solos and biting hooks.

Somewhere along the way, Kenney finds herself dazed and broken in a place that not many people find their way back from. “Unglued,” with its breezy sway, is likely the most summery song put to tape about being fed up with your own messy self. “I Can’t Wait” recalls the gauzy dreamscapes of Yo La Tengo with a hushed and grateful understanding that as bad as things are, it’s not the end of the world. But it’s not necessarily smooth sailing from there, as Kenney struggles to stay optimistic with “Lights Out,” and sings about getting clocked in the face at a bar by some meathead during “Punchy.” Still, she can’t help but find the hilarity in getting slugged, slyly laughing through her bloody teeth the whole time.

Finally, she arrives in less troubled seas, closing softly on the sparse, clear-minded “Feelin’ Good.” The storms weathered to get there may be the kind that leave lasting scars (or at least a few post-bar stitches), but with clear skies on the horizon, Kenney wears those scars as a reminder of what she’s been through, and the kind of seasons in hell she’s capable of enduring. Her latest is a record of all those storms and the routes and detours and trials of pushing through them while keeping her sense of humour gracefully intact. By turns rowdy, reflective, brave, funny, and deeply honest, it signals an already accomplished songwriter coming fully and completely into her own as an artist. Produced by Mo Kenney and Joel Plaskett, The Details vividly documents Kenney’s fight to survive her own worst enemy—herself.

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December 31st, 2017
Market Square Boardwalk
Saint John, New Brunswick
Market Square New Year's Eve
6:30 PM
January 18th, 2018
Amigos Cantina
Saskatoon, SK
10:00 PM
With Special Guest Too Soon Monsoon
Licensed +19 Show
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January 20th, 2018
The Exchange
Regina, SK
Winterruption 2018 - Mo Kenney Band
8:00 PM
With Megan Nash and Lindi Ortega
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January 27th, 2018
Carr Gallery - Willard Arts Center
Idaho Falls, ID
7:30 PM
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February 3rd, 2018
The Tooth & Claw
7:00 PM
Minimum Age: 18
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February 4th, 2018
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Studio
Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, Scotland
7:30 PM
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February 6th, 2018
Sheffield Cafe #9
7:30 PM
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February 7th, 2018
Green Note
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February 8th, 2018
The Continental
Special Guest to Orphan Colours
8:00 PM
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February 10th, 2018
Exeter Phoenix
Exeter, Devon
7:30 PM
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February 11th, 2018
The Castle
Manchester, GB
7:30 PM
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