Premiere: Mark Renner – Saints and Sages

From the dream sequences of Invisible Cloaks, the synthetic syntheses of Sugai Ken, the free-jazz of Greg Fox, analogue ambient of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani or the Ethiopiyawi Electronic of Mikael Seifu, there’s very few musical territories that phase RVNG Intl. in their quest for left field wonders. For their next release, they wind back the clock to the 1980s to collect eight years worth of music from Mark Renner. 

Raised on the family farm in Maryland, Mark’s first connections to music were in Baltimore record shops in the late 70s, particularly their British exports. Inspired by Ultravox, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Van Morrison, Mark first began recording independently around 1983 with a portable four-track, electric guitar, and classic Casio CZ101 synthesizer.

Compiled three decades after the music was originally put to tape, Few Traces focuses on Mark’s early music. Instrumentals on the album run parallel with what Brian Eno was making in the mid-80s, while those that lean more on vocals and guitars, fall somewhere between Cocteau Twins and The Chills. Mark’s deep, melancholic cadence on ‘Saints and Sages’ tugs away like some of Ian Curtis’ most arresting work with Joy Division and gets a first airing above.

Few Traces LP is out 23rd Feb – buy from the RVNG online shop. Watch a short below to find out more about Mark’s history. 

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