On their fifth studio album, From Nowhere – out September 6th – Mo Kenney (they/them) embraces the textures of ambiguity and the rich blur of being, failing, and becoming. As they shift through lush arrangements that touch on dreamy folk, sparse alt-country, and warm, hazed-out lo-fi pop, everything is up for interpretation and nothing is fixed.

The driving single, “Evening Dream,” has all the hallmarks of a post-summer come-down as Kenney reminisces about the nebulous feelings of flings. It’s about a romance that just wasn’t meant to be, reminiscing about it and wishing them well. There’s that bittersweet process of losing a love, but knowing and accepting that it is for the best.

I’ve been having visions of you, seeing things that I don’t want to 

Crawling into memories that bleed into my evening dreams

Press Photo by Matt Horseman

In their lyrics, Kenney opts instead to defy definition, making room for non-linear and fragmentary sentiments that challenge their own feelings about personal growth, acknowledge the slippery and shadowy nature of memory, and build love songs that conjure the bonds of friendship just as much as they hint at romance.

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