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Lafayette, Louisiana musician Renée Reed has released her debut album of lo-fi dream-folk from the Cajun prairies. Gorilla vs. Bear describes it as “an effortless, inspired union of the haunting folk music that Reed was raised on and a lilting, lost ’60s French-pop gem.” 

“I Saw A Ghost” by Renée Reed Video created by Emily Curran and Joseph Howard From her self-titled record coming March 26th, 2021 via Keeled Scales. Renée Reed grew up on the accordion-bending knee of her band-leading grandfather Harry Trahan; in the middle of countless jam sessions at the one-stop Cajun shop owned by her parents Lisa Trahan and Mitch Reed.

Soaked in the storytelling of her great uncle, folklorist Revon Reed and his infamous brothers from Mamou; and surrounded by a litany of Cajun and Creole music legends, both backstage at the many festivals of Southwest Louisiana and on the porch of her family home. And while Renée’s music is certainly informed by these deep roots, her dark dreamlike folk has more in common with contemporaries like Cate Le Bon and Jessica Pratt. It’s also not unlike the intangible magic contained in Mazzy Star’s songs.

Renée Reed’s self-titled debut album is out everywhere today!

Released March 26th, 2021

All songs written + performed by Renée

Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, Renée Reed is one of my favourite new voices of 2021. With her blend of Cajun Music, alt-folk and whatever else she could wrap her ears around at the music festivals of Southwest Louisiana, Renée creates a musical style that’s not quite like anyone else I’ve stumbled upon. With her self-titled album just a fortnight away, this week Renée has shared the latest single from it, “Neboj”.

If you needed any further evidence of the eclecticism of Renée’s influences, Neboj, translating roughly as Don’t Worry, lifts its name from a word discovered on a deep-dive into Czech animation. Lyrically, the track touches on the idea of being open to falling in love, of letting go of your worries and trusting your heart to lead the way. The whole thing is set to a musical backing of stunning finger-picked guitar work and Renée’s voice, timeless and compelling,

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Releases March 26th, 2021, via Keeled Scales

All songs written + performed by Renée Reed

Although one of the few artists signed to the brilliant Keeled Scales who have not officially announced they’re releasing a record this year, Renée Reed might just be the most intriguing of the lot. Renée is a musician very much in the family tradition, her Grandfather was an Accordion-playing bandleader, her Uncle a renowned folklorist, her family home and her parents businesses, epicentres for Creole and Cajun-music. In many ways Renée continues the family tradition, and yet in others she’s entirely re-inventing it; very much a product of the modern world, Renée’s music takes the deep-set roots of her forebears and crashes them into contemporary sounds from Cate Le Bon to Françoise Hardy.

Although Renée has been drip feeding her music into the world since back in 2016, last year was something of a step-up, with the release of a pair of intriguing singles. The first offering, Out Loud combines a disarmingly rapid flutter of choppy guitars and percussive vocal inflections, while “Until Tomorrow” is a meandering Southern-folk song, Renée’s tremulous vocal accompanied by a slither of guitar, reminiscent of Vera Sola or labelmate Tenci. With the tantalising promise of, “plenty more to come”, Renée Reed is well placed to be one of 2021’s break-out stars.

Renée Reed grew up on the accordion-bending knee of her band-leading grandfather Harry Trahan; in the middle of countless jam sessions at the one-stop Cajun shop owned by her parents Lisa Trahan and Mitch Reed; soaked in the storytelling of her great uncle, folklorist Revon Reed and his infamous brothers from Mamou; and surrounded by a litany of Cajun and Creole music legends, both backstage at the many festivals of Southwest Louisiana and on the porch of her family home. 

Renée Reed

And while Renée’s music is certainly informed by these deep roots, her dark dreamlike folk has more in common with contemporaries like Cate Le Bon and Jessica Pratt. It’s also not unlike the intangible magic contained in Mazzy Star’s songs. Renee Reedis her stunning debut record. 

released July 3rd, 2020
Written and performed by Renée Reed.

Thank you, Keeled Scales. and fortherabbits