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Title - Crooked Roots (EP)
Artist - Hadley Kennary

For those unaware, Nashville-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Hadley Kennary has just released her EP, Crooked Roots this past October 29th, 2021.

Recorded in Nashville, this collection of five new songs finds Kennary tipping her musical hat to the early-2000s songwriter-pop she was raised on while introducing a fresh take on raw songwriting.

On this EP, Kennary makes her own musical collage: personal, multi-faceted storytelling rife with poetic prose, contagiously catchy melodies, hooky guitar lines, and undeniable pop sensibilities.

“Most of my songwriting is pretty personal, but this one really hits close to home,” Kennary says of the title track. “It’s bittersweet; there’s an amount of grief buried in it, realizing that there are versions of ‘home’ I’ll never get back, but it’s wrapped in gratitude for the colorful variety of places I do get to call home.”

1. Orbit
2. Crooked Roots
3. Possession of Pain
4. Everything Hurts
5. Love Like That

This quite stunningly opulent new EP from Kennary - someone to seriously watch out for – opens on the breathy, dancefloor-sculptured, ‘90s-imbibed summer’s breeze of Orbit and then we get the more forlornly reflective title track balladry of Crooked Roots.

Reverting back to that ‘90s soaring pop feel of the opening track, we next get the synth-pop flow of the expressive Possession of Pain which is itself followed by the foot-tapping, free flowing elegance of Everything Hurts, the EP closing (all too soon) on the lushly orchestrated, gently countrified swirl of Love Like That.

The EP was co-produced by Collin Pastore and Jake Finch, the same production duo who made Kennary’s 2019 buzz-worthy release, Habits. Kennary says of the new EP, “Making this project has helped to solidify a few of my roots that have grown over the last few years: holding myself accountable for things I regret, reminding myself how important it is to encourage people to feel what they need to feel (myself included), allowing myself to let people go, and acknowledging time is the only true healer.”

In closing, and as I honestly couldn’t have put this any better myself, PopMatters has described Kennary as “one part pop starlet, one part wandering troubadour” and by God, if that ain’t as perfect a musical description of her that could ever have been conjured.

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