Ren Harvieu – “Black Wig”

Credit: Romeo Stodart

“Black Wig” is an enthralling track from UK-based artist Ren Harvieu. Ghostly vocal effects intertwine with a gorgeous orchestral glow, emitting a baroque-pop elegance with ample lyrical mystique — asking “do my secrets secretly make you sweat?” into string-laden pulses. The artist’s dynamic vocal range, from the whispered “wake up,” enticement to quivering theatrics, complements a riveting production with a magical orchestral array and atmospheric space-y touches. Wordless, ascending vocals and beautiful strings culminate in the “I am wearing a black wig,” declaration, capping off the track with strongly memorable impact.

The track was produced by Ren and Romeo Stodart — and it’s quite dazzling throughout, infusing “marxophones, harpsichords and musical saw,” alongside the gripping vocal presence. “I wonder what the point…” vocal sequence speaks palpably to the thematic engrossment, detailing a feeling out-of-place within a world of chaos. “If the void terrifies you, I’m sorry,” the vocals admit, with references to “the void,” lending a dark mystique that’s startled with dreamy immersion into the “wake up,” pushes. “Black Wig” is a stellar showcase in songwriting and production.

This 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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