Earlier this month, Madeline Kenney released her sophomore LP, Perfect Shapes, just a year after making her debut with Night Night at the First Landing. On Perfect Shapes, she explores an entirely new melange of sounds: dizzying synths, warbling pedal effects and fuzzy guitar swarm and sway, giving the record the feeling of a deep-soak. On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Kenney, along with a host of those aforementioned pedals (at least seven, it appears), stopped by the Paste Studio in New York City to play a few tracks from the new album. To finish her set, she treated the internet to a chill-inducing cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “Our Love,” from 2014’s Are We There. Watch her entire session below, or cut to 13:22 to hear “Our Love.”
Donning the cleverest of feminist-pun costumes (“Miss Ogyny”) for Halloween, Kenney played “I Went Home” and album kicker “Always Around Me” from Perfect Shapes. Vocalist Brianna O’Brien, also dressed in a timely costume (as an indifferent “Bumble boy”) joined Kenney for “Our Love,” giving the song a warm, layered feel. Kenney’s version of “Our Love” is big and beautiful, much like the original. Throughout the set, Kenney impressively toggles from pedal to pedal, playing solo guitar with only looped percussion effects and O’Brien for support.
Kenney is also currently on tour with her band, dates for which you can find here. In 2017, we hailed Kenney as The Best of What’s Next—read that feature here. Then, read our review of Perfect Shapes right here.
Again, you can watch Madeline Kenney’s entire Paste Studio session below. Keep scrolling for Sharon Van Etten’s 2010 Daytrotter session.