Posted: June 28, 2017 in MUSIC
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“I’m up on the wall/ I make it look easy cause that’s what they want.” That’s the way Madeline Kenney opens “Rita,” but it’s not a flex. The way she sings it, backed by the soft glow of a thrumming bass and a twinkling guitar, it sounds more wistful than anything else, a painful reminder that even the so-called heroes among us are just messy people dealing with their own shit. But that chorus is where the song goes from good to great, the blissfully searing guitar pyrotechnics soothed by Kenney’s softly cooing vocals as the titular “Rita” becomes a cathartic mantra. Kenney’s upcoming debut full-length, like last year’s Signals EP, was produced by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear, but this isn’t one of those times where an established name foists his trademark sound on a relative unknown. Instead, “Rita” is all Kenney’s show, and even when the song itself builds towards a explosive, anxiety-induced climax, she sounds as in control as ever.

“Rita” is taken from Madeline Kenney’s forthcoming debut, “Night Night At The First Landing,” out September 1st on Company Records.


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