Mark Renner
Written by Guillermo Escudero   
Sunday, 18 February 2018

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Mark Renner | “Few Traces” | RVNG Intl | 2018

                                        

 


Mark Renner | “Few Traces” | RVNG Intl | 2018

         

Este disco reúne tres décadas de canciones compuestas por el músico y compositor norteamericano Mark Renner, quien confiesa que sus influencias fueron el pop ingles de Van Morrison y de bandas como Felt y The Chills, entre otras.
“Few Traces” comprende material raro y no editado, 21 canciones de folk y de indie rock que nos evocan a bandas inglesas como The Fall, The House Of Love, Cocteau Twins y a bandas americanas como m-1 Alternative, HEX, The Millions (editados por el magnífico C’est La Morte Records a principios de los noventa).
Este compilado tiene temas instrumentales utilizados muchos de ellos en sus exhibiciones de sus pinturas y canciones con la sugerente voz de Renner, una mezcla de poesía y vivencias personales.
Las guitarras cristalinas son una característica distintiva en la música de Renner y que se pueden apreciar en “Princes Street”, “Riverside” y “Autumn Calls You By Name”, este último con caja de ritmos me hizo recordar con nostalgia a Eyeless In Gaza.
“A Fountain In The Cloister” con arreglos de guitarra y percusión, “Ageless”, “Jars of Clay”, “The Man & The Echo” y “The Mirror At Saint Andrews” a base de líneas de sintetizador, están ciertamente influenciadas por el ambient.
“Few Traces” ciertamente que marca una época de gran vitalidad musical para el rock independiente y es a su vez un documento indispensable para enterderlo.
https://igetrvng.com, www.markrenner.net, https://markrennerbaltimore.bandcamp.com     

Guillermo Escudero
Febrero 2018

                 

 

 

 

 

 

The album brings together three decades of songs composed by American musician and composer Mark Renner, who confesses that his influences were the English pop of Van Morrison and bands in the likes of Felt and The Chills, among others.
‘Few Traces’ includes rare and unreleased material, 21 folk and indie rock songs that conjure-up English bands like The Fall, The House Of Love, Cocteau Twins and American bands such as m-1 Alternative, HEX, The Millions (released for the amazing C'est La Morte Records in the early nineteens).
This compilation has instrumental pieces used in his exhibitions for paintings and songs – a mix of poetry and personal experiences – along with Renner’s dark voice.
The crystalin guitars in Renner's music are a distinctive feature and can be appreciate on ‘Princes Street’, ‘Riverside’ and ‘Autumn Calls You By Name’, the latter with a drum machine wich reminded me with nostalgia to Eyeless In Gaza.
‘A Fountain In The Cloister’ with guitar and percussion arrangements, "Ageless", "Jars of Clay", "The Man & The Echo" and "The Mirror At Saint Andrews" are based on synth lines and certainly influenced by ambient.
‘Few Traces’ certainly marks a time of great musical vitality for independent rock and is at the same time, an indispensable document to understand it.
https://igetrvng.com, www.markrenner.net, https://markrennerbaltimore.bandcamp.com     

Guillermo Escudero
February 2018