Are your eyes on Madeline Kenney yet? I feel like that’s how every post we write about her here on The Bay Bridged starts. But we’re serious! The last time we checked up on her, we premiered her dreamy single “Tricky Way,” and now, three months later, a tiny little music blog called Stereogum picked up her latest track, the magical, slow-burning “Signals,” which was produced by Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi.
The Oakland-by-way-of-Seattle musician, now backed by members of Perhapsy, Bells Atlas, and Astronauts, etc, create magic on the title track of her new EP. At the start, Kenney’s hazy, reverberated vocals make for a woozy ride accompanied by rhythmic drum hits. Layer by layer, they build onto the musical canvas with acoustic guitar and keyboard accents here and there.
Moments like her soaring vocals alone as she yelps “I feel young” make repeated listens worth it, but just when you think the song is another tranquil, albeit gorgeous folk ballad, it transcends into something else completely. Electric guitar freakouts! Noise! She makes the transition sound effortlessly organic, and it’s something special.
The Signals EP is being released on Company Records, which she just signed to, on June 3. Crank up those tape decks and/or those MP3 music devices! Or, you could see her in person at her EP release show next week and see the magic live.