Oakland’s Madeline Kenney bounds toward the unknown on her iridescent third album, Sucker’s Lunch, the follow-up to 2018’s critically acclaimed Perfect Shapes. The songs swell and lament, expanding the idea of a love song into something more grounded in self-awareness and philosophy than blind devotion. Her sonic world is that of colorful harmonies, dramatic lyrics, and thick layers of guitar.
Kenney has a history of fostering collaborative recording and touring relationships. Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Kenney first collaborated on Perfect Shapes in 2018, and they teamed up again for Sucker’s Lunch. Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi produced Kenney’s Signals EP and debut record Night Night At The First Landing, putting both out on his label, Company Records. Kenney has also lent vocals on multiple Toro y Moi projects, including 2017’s Boo Boo. In 2019 she released the split EP, The Sisters / Helpless in collaboration with Flock of Dimes (Wasner’s solo project).
With every project Kenney pursues, she continues to shine in her ability to speak the strange, ambiguous, impossible truths — and Sucker’s Lunch is no exception.
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