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The Coast: Voices Carry


Mo Kenney, Gabrielle Papillon and Jessie Brown make the personal the priority on the year’s best records.

Mo Kenney, Gabrielle Papillon and Jessie Brown. [Photo by Meghan Tansey Whitton]

By Tara Thorne, The Coast

Mo Kenney is reserved and unassuming, a quietly quick wit. She saves it for the stage, as the saying goes—her demeanour is not one of meekness or deference to any of the men in her band, but of a measured confidence that borders on laconic until she leans into her guitar, a 1965 Mustang she had painted powder-blue. Her playing evokes all the cheesy guitar words—”rips,” “shreds,” “wails”—but really it’s astonishingly dexterous and decidedly modest.
On September 29 Kenney released The Details, her third album with Joel Plaskett producing, and it is something new for her—scrappier and more electric, but also weirder. There are 14 songs; only two creep past three minutes, and five are under two minutes, punk-style.

“There’s a lot of records that have short songs like that, that I really like; that it kind of transports me to a different world, it’s not just like regular songs all the way through,” she says over a beer, flagging Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand and Seth Smith’s New Problems as examples.

She demoed most of the songs—some have a Sufjan Stevens-like voice-memo quality—before heading into The New Scotland Yard with Plaskett last year. “I’m not comfortable that easily with people,” she says, “so it’s nice to feel comfortable doing that, something so personal.” [READ MORE]

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.
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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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September 27th, 2018
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Victoria, BC
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September 29th, 2018
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October 1st, 2018
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October 2nd, 2018
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Kelowna, BC
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October 3rd, 2018
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Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Medicine Hat, AB
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Calgary, AB
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October 6th, 2018
The Arden Theatre
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October 9th, 2018
The Park Theatre
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October 15th, 2018
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
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October 16th, 2018
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre-Partridge Concert Hall
St. Catharines, ON
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October 17th, 2018
Centre In The Square
Kitchener, Ontario
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October 18th, 2018
Aeolian Hall
London, Ontario
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October 19th, 2018
Adelaide Hall
Toronto, ON
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October 20th, 2018
Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre
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November 15th, 2018
Labrador West Arts & Culture Centre
Labrador City, NL
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Gordon Pinsent Arts and Culture Centre
Grand Falls - Windsor, Newfoundland Labrador
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November 18th, 2018
Joseph R Smallwood Arts & Culture Centre
Gander, NL
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November 20th, 2018
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November 24th, 2018
St. John's Arts & Culture Centre
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