A cross-country transfer introduced a complete new perspective to Rence, and in ‘Tears In December,’ the singer-songwriter captures how he left the ‘unhappiness’ that was ‘weighing me down’ — and why he regrets that he did.
“Did what I needed to do / moved out to Malibu / simply final yr,” sings Rence in “Tears in December,” the brand new music the singer, launched on Apr. 16. Beginning off with haunting guitar strings earlier than main right into a thumping dance beat, “Tears in December” rises as Rence spins a story of heartbreak and remorse. “If I knew higher / I might have by no means / left you the way in which I did.” Although the alt-pop bop hints that the connection had its faults (“It’s onerous to remain if you’re good at leaving / however we are able to by no means heal if we carry on bleeding”), Rence says this music is a revelation of how he was fallacious to bail. Although he sings that he’s “sick of the sound of my coronary heart hitting the bottom,” he says in an announcement that the observe is definitely a manner “to remind myself to not be too fast to maneuver on and overlook the previous.”
“‘Tears in December’ tells the story of my life over the previous few months,” Rence tells MeSlop, “however at its core is the choice to maneuver ahead. I used to be sick of the unhappiness that was weighing me down – in making this music, I actually really feel like I lastly received previous it.” Rence provides, in an announcement, that his cross-country transfer was finished considering he wanted to go away his outdated residence – “and (a) individual” – behind to begin contemporary in a brand new locale.
“[B]ut, however as soon as I received right here, I noticed fairly shortly that I used to be fallacious. … realization. I sing the lyrics to somebody very particular to me that I made the error of leaving, however past that interpersonal relationship, I wrote the lyrics to remind myself to not be too fast to maneuver on and overlook the previous. That previous is exactly what received me to the place I’m and what is going to assist me proceed to maneuver ahead.”
Born in DC, raised in Seattle, and first getting his begin in NYC (after graduating from NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts), Rence has maintained his velocity, each geographically and sonically. His tasks have typically mirrored his present coordinates, appearing like snapshots of the place he’s, earlier than he strikes onto the following place. “This time, that perspective doesn’t manifest within the precise music lyrics as a lot (like “Methods to Go”), however it’s extremely current in my creation of the undertaking itself,” he instructed MeSlop in September 2019, proper earlier than the discharge of Fall 2019. “It actually took all the things in me to make these songs so sincere and genuine to me – that’s the place the work ethic performs in. However I’d add that “Persistence” in some methods echoes methods to go.”
Although Rence now resides in Los Angeles, he nonetheless carries a bit of the Pacific Northwest in his coronary heart. “Seattle is a HUGE a part of who I’m,” he mentioned to us in 2019, “and thus, in flip, my music: my perspective, love for the world, price ethic, actually all the values I maintain shut. Seattle actually did affect my genre-less style too: creating in such an open and excepting place allowed me to start experimenting with sounds early on. I’ll eternally be a Seattle boi.”
“Tears in December” is out now.