This is the year that Mo Kenney plugs in, quite literally. Known for her smooth vocals and fearless
lyrics, the Canadian singer releases the fast-paced ON THE ROOF, impact date December 8th,
taken from new album THE DETAILS.
Mo has released two records with long-time producer and Canadian rock mentor Joel Plaskett
since 2012. With her third album, Mo comes fully and completely into her own as an artist; she
swaps her trademark acoustic guitar for a Fender Mustang, tracing her own strange, devastating,
and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of
depression, and disintegrating relationships.
'I began writing 'On The Roof' during a solo tour in the US. I had a day off in Syracuse, NY, and
wrote the chorus for the song that day. When I sit and think of all the negative things in the world it
can get me down, because there's a lot of it. I go down that wormhole often, as I'm sure a lot of
people do. The song is about being in that mindset and not being able to shake it. ' Mo Kenney
On each of The Details' 14 tracks Mo unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual
redemption, leaving nothing out. 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.
Before and during writing the album, Kenney was enroute 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. It’s a journey, thankfully, that finds Kenney
sailing to calmer seas, closing gently on the sparse, clear-minded “Feelin’ Good.” But the storms
weathered to get there are the kind that leaves scars. The self-destructive drive of “On The Roof”
explodes out of the gate with blistering intensity. “June 3rd” channels the late Elliott Smith with
spectral atmospheres as Kenney comes to terms with her alienating behaviour. And the vicious,
rollicking “If You’re Not Dead” shows her playing mind games over feral guitar solos and biting
She explains, candidly, “The Details is a fourteen song concept album. The album starts off kind of
hopeless and gets progressively more optimistic. This album is the details of coming out the other
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