Madeline Kenney Signals EP


Jun 3rd, 2016

A moment in a room with a song can last much longer than the lifespan of the sound itself. That’s the Madeline Kenney effect. Her music produces an instant feeling of vulnerability and joy. Kenney’s songs always wrench your guts, whether bouncing off nightclub walls, whispered in a studio, or filtered through your headphones.

It was this type of brief encounter at a San Francisco venue that compelled Kenney’s friend Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) to offer her a spot on his Company Records label (Les Sins, Vinyl Williams). Soon after, the duo were in Bundick’s Berkeley studio recreating Kenney’s live performance in what would become her first official release. The resulting Signals EP delivers the sting of Pavement with the glow of Sharon Van Etten. Like an insect floating in amber, these four songs are enveloping and uncanny in all their loveliness.

A product of the Bay Area’s ever-evolving pop music sensibilities and deep-rooted experimental tendencies, Kenney’s live act has evolved to employ members of local groups including Astronauts, etc., Bells Atlas, and Perhapsy. Originally from the Pacific Northwest with a background in neurobiology, Kenney moved to the Bay Area in 2013 to pursue a career in baking. Her music gained new shape and nuance while living in Oakland—spurred in no small part by the new community. Kenney’s writing process and individual sound developed with alacrity, and in 2015 she began to perform at local venues and clubs. Out this June, the Signals EP is the best representation of the year Kenney has had, and no doubt a glimpse into many lionizing moments to come.


1. Signals
2. Thursdaze
3. Delicate
4. Make Like I’m


Press Info

North America:


•    Produced and recorded by Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi, Les Sins)
•    Live act includes members of Astronauts, etc., Bells Atlas, and Perhapsy

Press Photos

Hi-res TIFF album art:

Photos by: Brendan Nakahara
Photo by: Ericka McConnell


Photo by: Jill Hammond

Artist Bio

Madeline Kenney is an Oakland-dwelling Seattle transplant, whose background in bakeries, neuroscience, and modern dance curiously add up to an individual form of twang-hazey dream-pop. Imagine if Loretta Lynn had a secret shoegaze project and a looper pedal obsession—you might come pretty close to Kenney’s enchanting songs. Recently, Kenney traded in her looper for an ace backing band featuring members of Astronauts, etc., Bells Atlas, and Perhapsy. Working together, these talented musicians expand Kenney’s sound into a Creation Records-influenced fest of buttery distortion, driving rhythms, and soaring vocals. Her debut Signals EP is out now on Company Records. Kenney is working on a full length LP that’s due out in 2017.