Mo Kenney - "Maybe I Am" (Pheromone): The Nova Scotian singer/songwriter will release her new album, The Details, on Sept. 29. The previous advance track "If You're Not Dead" was a surging rocker, and this new tune is equally striking if a tad more restrained.
Kenney is in excellent form vocally, with her delivery reminiscent of Neko Case here, while the use of reverb infuses the track with a retro vibe.
Describing "Maybe I Am" in a label press release, Kenney states, "I wrote this song post-breakup when I was going out a bunch and trying to meet new people. I was drinking a lot, trying to avoid my feelings. I was starting to realize through all this that I had a lot of problems I hadn't been dealing with appropriately. It was bittersweet. It was a tough time that ended up giving me a lot of clarity. I was reflecting on all of this when I sat down to write this tune."
The Details is described as a break-up album, a type that seems to be on the increase these days. Kenney has always been unflinching and direct in her emotional explorations, but her virile vocals and penchant for hooky melodies keep any angst highly listenable. To these ears, the quality of her work has been somewhat undervalued, though she did win a prestigious SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2013 for her song "Sucker."
She plays the Canada House showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg on Sept. 22, The Slaughtered Lamb in London on Sept. 25 (with Port Cities) and Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern on Oct. 5.