Wye Oak’s formidable frontwoman and Oakland-based Madeline Kenney discuss Kenney’s new LP.
Madeline Kenney switched things up a bit after working with Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick on her debut LP, Night Night at the First Landing, a collection of warm guitar tones anchored by her strong and clear vocal timbre. She relocated from Oakland, California, to Durham, North Carolina, to record with Jenn Wasner, the frontwoman for Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes. It was Wasner’s first stint producing another artist’s work, and the resulting LP, Perfect Shapes, expands upon Kenney’s rock sensibilities by exploring angular art-rock and new percussive and electronic elements. Joining Tune-Yards on her monthly show, the two discuss their collaborative spirit and play some of their inspirations, from Cocteau Twins to Fever Ray and Broadcast.