Canadian Songwriter Mo Kenney Announces 5th Studio LP 'From Nowhere' + Tour Dates in Canada And London

Jun 12, 2024 12:45 PM
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Jun 12, 2024

Mo Kenney announces fith LP, 'From Nowhere', and releasing the lead single 'Evening Dream'. On From Nowhere, produced by longtime collaborator Joel Plaskett, Kenney explores the good and tough sides of reckoning with sobriety, the things it fixes and the things it doesn't.  

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This song is about a romance that just wasn’t meant to be. Reminiscing about it and wishing them well. Reflecting on things that have happened and processing it all. The bittersweet process of losing a love, but knowing and accepting that it is for the best. - Mo Kenney.
Mo Kenney, photo credit: Matt Horseman
Mo Kenney, photo credit: Matt Horseman

On their fifth studio album, From Nowhere, Mo Kenney embraces the textures of ambiguity and the rich blur of being, failing, and becoming. As they shift through lush arrangements that touch on dreamy folk, sparse alt-country, and warm, hazed-out lo-fi pop, everything is up for interpretation and nothing is fixed. In their lyrics, Kenney opts instead to defy definition, making room for non-linear and fragmentary sentiments that challenge their own feelings about personal growth, acknowledge the slippery and shadowy nature of memory, and build love songs that conjure the bonds of friendship just as much as they hint at romance.

They evade easiness right from the start in the glowing chorus of opening track "Bad Times," admitting, over sparse piano and despite four years of sobriety: "I know it ain't right, but I miss the bad times sometimes."

"I sort of thought that getting sober was going to fix all my problems with relationships, and then I would just be fine," Kenney laughs. "Drinking was causing all the issues I was having, but it was just the tip of the iceberg; quitting made all my problems more clear but didn't resolve any of them."

Kenney's subsequent investigations into the root causes of their interpersonal dramas obscured nearly as much as they revealed, encouraging acceptance but also emphasizing the frequently frustrating uncertainty and temporality of things. From Nowhere occupies that liminal and trepidatious time when one is compelled to move but unsure where they might be headed. The driving "Evening Dream" has all the hallmarks of a post-summer come-down as Kenney reminisces about the nebulous feelings of flings: "Bathing in the pale green light, no thought of what goes on outside," they sing. "No thought of what it all might mean, it doesn’t have to meet a thing." On the darker sounding "Signs of Life," they address an unbearable and obscure fissure; with the title track, they recall a loss of innocence in idyllic rural Nova Scotia, mixing sun-kissed organ with cryptic, unsettling choruses.

With the stark and devastating pairing of "Honey Come Home" and "Self Doubt," Kenney makes it clear that there's no glory or revelation in sitting with your feelings. While the former distills the loneliness and alienation of a partner's absence, the latter finds Kenney struggling with the crippling second-guessing that can accompany certain acute kinds of clarity as they barely raise their voice above a whisper in what sounds like the saddest honky-tonk on Earth. Through the hazy atmospheres of "That's Not Me," they conjure a slow motion crawl through a dim club and question their identity. And the similarly unhurried "With You" delivers a crushing post-mortem about a relationship that, despite its sweetness, just didn't work.

From Nowhere's intimate subject matter was handled with deft hands by some of Keney's nearest and dearest collaborators—Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Victoria Cameron, Siobhan Martin, and Jordan Murphy—and recorded, mixed, and engineered by Thomas Stajcer at Plaskett's Fang Studios in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

In contrast to its heavy predecessors, the airy "Love You Better" offers a featherweight finale to From Nowhere; in earthy reverie, Kenney acknowledges their past failures and that they're not always going to get it right, but resolves to do the only thing they can: keep trying. "Staring at the ceiling, trying to find the meaning," they sing over eddying acoustic guitar. "Put it all together; I will love you better."  

Mo Kenney, photo credit: Matt Horseman
Mo Kenney, photo credit: Matt Horseman

Mo Kenney Tour Dates:

Jun 28th-30th – Ingonish Beach, NS, INGO Pride 2024 Keltic Lodge at the Highlands - Tickets

July 9th – Corner Brook, NL, Rotary Arts Centre - tickets

July 10th - Gander, NL, The Shed

July 11th - Trinity, NL, English Harbour Arts Centre - tickets

July 12-14th - St.John’s, NL, NL Folk Festival - tickets

July 19-21st - Yellowknife, NT, Folk On The Rocks - tickets

Sept. 6th - Halifax, NS, Seahorse Tavern - tickets

Sept. 14th - Saint John, NB, Haven Music Hall - tickets

Sept. 16th - Montreal, QC, Casa Del Popolo - tickets

Sept. 17th - Toronto, ON, The Baby G - tickets

Sept. 18th - London, ON, The Aeolian Hall

Sept. 19th - Ottawa, ON, NAC - tickets

Sept. 20th - St. Catharines, ON, Warehouse -  tickets

Sept. 21st - Kingston, ON, The Broom Factory - tickets

Oct. 9th - London, England, The Green Note - tickets


Juno nominated Canadian songwriter Mo Kenney.

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Release Summary

Juno nominated Canadian songwriter Mo Kenney announces 5th studio LP 'From Nowhere', out September 6. Says goodbye to romance on 'Evening Dream' produced by Joel Plaskett and announces new tour dates in Canada and London.

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