Ren – A Calling from the Shore

Conor Owen, a.k.a. Ren, is a contemporary singer-songwriter whose chilled and soulful brand of folk acts as sedative from the rush of everyday life. His latest song ‘Piece Of Your Heart’ opens his new EP A Calling from the Shore with a hypnotic rhythm. The acoustic guitar melody relatively consistent and repetitive throughout, his vocal is given room to shine. Ren’s sound sits somewhere between Ciaran Lavery and Luke Sital-Singh. The folk and Celtic influences present are comforting but are not recycled novelties of the past. I reviewed ‘The Coast’ last year and was instantly taken into Ren’s magical world. The highlight of this EP for me though is ‘Late Night Drive’, particularly the string section and lead guitar accents at the end. Let’s hope we see more new material in the coming year.

Words: Will Hunt

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