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Under the Radar Premiere “Take Me Outside” – In My Dreams US Release April 29


By Joshua M. Miller, Under The Radar
Photo by Matt Williams

Later this month, 25-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Mo Kenney will re-release her sophomore album In My Dreams in the US. It was originally released in Canada in 2014 and was nominated for a Juno Award. Today, we’re premiering her latest single “Take Me Outside.”

The song – and album as a whole – draws from Kenney’s newfound confidence to be fully honest and not hold any of her feelings back in her lyrics. In the song, she sings about the pressures of life getting to her, even singing “take me outside and blow my fucking head off,” and musing that she “won’t last a year if I’m alone out here.”

Kenney had the following to say about her long journey to record the song:

“”I started writing “Take Me Outside” when I was 20. I was living in Halifax, NS at the time and basically just working shitty jobs and bar hopping. It was a weird time in my life… I wasn’t in school and I really wanted to be playing music, but nothing seemed to be working out for me. I sorta felt like a loser. The tune didn’t fit with the songs on my first record [released in Canada], so it was left unfinished for a long time. When it came time to record “In My Dreams”, I dug it out again and once it was finished it felt like a good fit lyrically with the rest of the tunes. It’s more personal than the songs on my debut record….although I may be the only person who knows the difference. That’s a bit of a theme on “In My Dreams”, so “Take Me Outside” seemed like a good fit.”

She recorded In My Dreams with producer and mentor Joel Plaskett, who helped give the songs like “Take Me Outside” a bigger and more rock leaning sound than her debut. You can listen to the song below:

Mo Kenney Tour Dates

April 13th Somerville, MA The Burren *

April 14th Somerville, MA The Burren *

April 15th Portland, ME One Longfellow Square *

April 16th Hamden, CT The Outer Space Ballroom

April 21st Burlington, VT Arts Riot ^

May 1st Sackville, NB Vogue Cinema

*Mo Kenney Solo supporting Melissa Ferrick

^ Opening for Hannah Fair

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