Shane Rennison – ‘Nice to Meet You’ EP

Piano-fronted pop songwriting excels on the Nice to Meet You EP, the latest from Shane Rennison, an artist based in Grahamsville, New York. Producer and multi-instrumentalist Julian Giamimo also lends their talents to the album, which ranges from the lamenting synth-touched charm of “Another Chance” to the emotive “Ghost,” capturing the frustrations within a dying relationship.

“Cold Winter” jumpstarts the EP with flourishing piano and spirited vocal escalations, asking “do you remember all those cold winter nights?” with a hooky immediacy. The brisk infectiousness plays with a peppy enthrallment into the moodier “Ghost,” where eerie guitar twangs and steady piano converge with warbled synths. A soulful, more measured vocal delivery consumes in its melancholic retrospection, remarking “guess I always was a ghost to you.”

“Drunk” also consumes in its retelling of a venture down to the hotel lounge, starting a series of events that prompts self-questioning of insecurity — “is it December?” — alongside the twangy guitars and prancing piano. Nice to Meet You is a sturdy showcasing of Rennison’s ability to weave stirring introspection with an accessible, melodic production.

“Cold Winter” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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