Wrené – ‘Quam Sentire’ EP

Strutting amply atmospheric pop appeal, Quam Sentire is the new EP from Toronto-based artist Wrené. Its creation arising from personal grief, the EP’s Latin name translates to “how to feel,” — an apt title choice for a release with gripping emotive appeal, blending introspective lyricism with hooky pop evolutions.

“This EP is a small portal into the feminine spirit,” Wrené says. “It offers a glimpse into moments of profound love, capturing the beauty and darkness that come with having your heart cracked open and learning to release attachment.”

Opening track “Nothing left to hide” embraces vulnerability, asking “what if there’s nothing left to hide?” alongside nocturnal synth shimmers and industrial-friendly percussive intrigue. Lyrical references to surrender resonate with a ghostly chill. “Your light is now gone,” the vocals let out, furthering the sense of haunting retrospection. “Animus” follows, intoxicating with its dark pop spell and depiction of “day becoming night,” following heartbreak. Glistening keys and murky backing textures converge for a stellar atmospheric impact throughout.

Spacey synths build into intense percussive spurts at the mid-point of “The Moon,” with a slight arpeggio underlying the lyrical depictions of hearing whispers; it’s another memorable, stylish success. “Made of Sand” closes the EP with an ominous ferocity, embracing a more distorted-sounding backing resonance. The Quam Sentire EP approaches grief with an artful, dark pop entrancement.

“Animus” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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