By Makenzie Creden
Renée Reed is a singer/songwriter hailing from Louisiana. She describes her music as “dream-fi
folk from Cajun prairies,” and her debut album is just that.
The self-titled album takes listeners on a dreamy journey through stories of ancestral baggage,
ghosts, love, and relationships. The combination of folk and dark dream-pop creates a timeless
sonic experience that feels almost surreal at times. She recorded the album on a Tascam four-
track in her home last year, where she feels most natural. Reed’s wistful voice is comparable to
Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, but with the obvious influences of The Beatles, Françoise Hardy,
and Kate Bush.
Cajun themes are swirled throughout the entire album. However, they are most obvious on the
last track. “A Drunken Widow’s Waltz” embraces her roots and is sung in a Cajun variety of
French, reminiscent of spending time jamming with her family in their shop. Reed waltzes
joyfully with listeners to close out the album. It feels incredibly intimate.
Reed isn’t letting the pandemic stop her from sharing her music with the world. In fact, you can
watch our interview with her and performance on IGTV here.
You can find Renée’s music on all streaming platform and on her Bandcamp page.