With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee on her résumé, the Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter Adrien Reju has built an impressive career in music. Now she’s expanding her art into new realms with the release of her latest studio outing, Strange Love and the Secret Language. This album, which is being billed as “a collection of unconventional love songs”, finds Reju joined by artists such as A.C. Newman and Marco Benevento. In addition to her striking originals, Reju also covers tunes by David Bowie, Elliot Smith, and Prince.
Strange Love and the Secret Language owes its existence in part to a highly successful PledgeMusic campaign, which netted Reju 113 percent of her stated financial goals. Clearly, her fans are as passionate about her music as she is.
Below, you can stream the album cut “Last Call”. Reju tells PopMatters about the song, ““I had been listening a lot of Sam Cooke and soul music of the ‘60s and I wanted to transport back to that time when people would go listen to live music and just dance. ‘Last Call’ is my present day take on that music. I wanted to write something you could dance to.”
Strange Love and the Secret Language is out on 5 June.
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