We happened to catch Adrien Reju opening for Amy Helm at a recent show in Irvington, N.Y., and were happy to discover another fine singer-songwriter. Her 2015 album, Strange Love & The Secret Language, is a mix of original songs and cover with the theme of "unconventional love." We've added several tracks to our Marvelous Mixture of Music, including covers of David Bowie's "Soul Love" and Elliot Smith's "Waltz No. 1."
Adrien got her start as a performer in Philadelphia as part of a songwriter scene that included Amos Lee. She released a 5-song EP, Lucky Ones, in 2012 and a full length LP, A Million Hearts, in 2009.
There's a good interview with Adrien at glidemagazine.com. Here's an excerpt:
Q: Your music has been labeled a unique brand of indie-folk-retro-pop do you think that’s a fair assessment and how would you best describe it?
A: I have a hard time defining my music in terms of genre. I like a lot of different stuff. I can see why someone would use all of those words, separately or together, to describe my music. So sure, I would say that’s a fair assessment. Accurate? I’m not sure. I guess my first album A Million Hearts was pretty folky compared to the more electrified “retro-pop” sound of my EP Lucky Ones. SL & SL encompasses a bit of both. I’m constantly evolving and listening for what interests me. That’s what’s most important to me.