Available languages: EnglishBritish vocalist Ren Harvieu is a darkly enigmatic singer with a supple, yearning voice and a bent toward mixing '60s pop, soul, and modern alt-rock. Her full-length debut, 2012's Through the Night, reached the Top Five in the U.K. Her second album, 2020's Revel in the Drama, was co-penned by the Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart. Born Lauren Maria Harvieu in Broughton, Salford, in the County of Lancashire in 1991, Harvieu was introduced to Irish folk songs and traditional music by her guitarist/vocalist father. In her teens, she fell under the influence of an array of artists, including Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez as well as local heroes the Smiths and even such contemporary artists as Alicia Keys. While in sixth form college, she performed in musical theater and entered several talent competitions before uploading some of her own recordings to social media. The tracks caught the ear of music manager Paul Harrison, who brought Harvieu to London to begin work on an album. In 2011, she released the single "Through the Night" and was brought to wider attention touring with Glasvegas. Harvieu was set to play Glastonbury and collaborate with rapper Nas when a freak accident left her hospitalized with two broken vertebrae. After surgery and two months of healing and physical therapy, she recovered and was able to walk again. Her delayed full-length debut followed on Island in May 2012 and went to number five on the U.K. album chart. Harvieu made appearances on Robbie Williams' 2013 album Swings Both Ways and on the 2014 Ed Harcourt B-side "Sweet Malaise" before teaming up with Romeo Stodart to write material for her second studio album. She eventually signed with Bella Union, which issued the resulting Revel in the Drama in 2020.
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Dusty Springfield, Adele, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Duffy… The tradition of British soul pop singers has always been rich, and Ren Harvieu’s second and Qobuzissime album continues this retro movement which saw great success in the 1960s. However, it hasn’t always been easy for this Mancunian singer: in 2011, fresh from signing for the Island label for whom she was recording her first album, she broke her back in a serious accident and spent months on a hospital bed. Her album Through the Night was nevertheless released but the slim success resulted in a long and tumultuous period of self-doubt for the singer. It’s a time she has now put behind her and which she touches on with Spirit Me Away and You Don’t Know Me, two highlights of this album Revel in the Drama. This sophomore record certainly feels like the result of her meeting with Magic Numbers frontman Romeo Stodart, who helped her rediscover her passion for music and her inspiration to record again. More refined than its predecessor, Revel in the Drama broaches the influences of this enchanting torch singer; while the spirit of Dusty Springfield (or closer to today, Rumer) is never far, it’s certainly KD Lang and her vocal inflections that you think of when listening. Ren Harvieu’s writing is however unique to herself. The sombre and bleak sequences are always punctuated with her signature humour, some light sarcasm that is 100% British. The freedom she expresses in her tone and her writing is similar to that of Fiona Apple, one of her idols. Revel in the Drama is a magnificent collection of timeless and moving songs, jewels of vintage pop enrobed in superb easy listening tones and high-quality arrangements that you can hum along to long into the night. ©️ Marc Zisman/Qobuz