Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Sarah Renfro moved to Brooklyn in 2006 after sharpening her musical teeth in the artistic oasis of Denton, TX. As energetic and entertaining between songs as she is during, her foray into the underbelly of NYC’s comedy scene has equipped her with witty stage banter often straddling the line between dark and pitch black.
In a recently self-released 6 song EP of escape and self-renewal, “You should be somewhere outside,” Renfro maintains the breathy soul of a southern girl while displaying the strength of a woman hardened by the city. Tracks such as “Little white house,” “Mable” and “Edge of the night” offer lush arrangements reminiscent of Twin Peaks featuring Fender Rhodes, reverbed guitar, violin, flugelhorn and multi-layered vocals. Other tracks are more guitar centric such as the regretful love song “Denton, my love,” the unlikely pairing of “Tanner and Hannah” and the anthem of self sufficiency “State of the Union” which features one of Brooklyn’s finest musicians, Tony Scherr whose credits include Feist, Sex Mob, Bill Frisell and Norah Jones.
Supporting musicians and credits are as follows: guitarist/engineer Zach Landreneau (Felili Rincon, Welcome Signs), guitarist Bob Lanzetti (Corn Mo, The Silver Arrows), violinist Eylem Basaldi (Luna Matto, New England Conservatory), flügelhornist Jay Jennings (The Polyphonic Spree, Capitol Records’ Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves), bassist Rob Jost (Feist, Björk, Ursa Minor and Jesse Harris) and mastering engineer Dave Willingham (The Echo Lab studio, The Polyphonic Spree, John Vanderslice and Ray LaMontagne).
“You should be somewhere outside” can be ordered at http://sarahrenfro.bigcartel.com/ and is available digitally on iTunes.
With a diverse catalogue of soon-to-be recorded material, Sarah Renfro is poised to be a mainstay in the Brooklyn independent music scene. Involvement in local projects include Laura Distasi’s piano based electro-pop band Measure and The Loom, a folk-rock sextet which was recently featured as Paste Magazine’s “The best of what’s next.”
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