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Under the Wishing Tree

by Kevin Renick

Kevin Renick, who penned the title song for Jason Reitman's acclaimed "Up In The Air" film, returns with his third CD. It's an evocative, haunting song cycle about life's uncertainties, the passing of time, and the yearning for things just out of reach.
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1. Out of the Cage, Pt. 1
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2. The Box It Comes In
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3. There for My Life
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4. Goodbye, Typewriter!
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5. Feeling My Way
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6. Black On Blue
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7. Ramshackle
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8. Song of Longing
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9. Sad Song #217
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10. Here and Clear
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11. Ballad of the American Farmer
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12. Cry, Hope, Lose, Sleep, Repeat
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13. Figure Out
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14. Lost Time
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15. Out of the Cage, Pt. 2
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16. Sadlongia (Sold Again)
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Album Notes
Kevin Renick received a heap of international attention with his melancholy, reflective song "Up In The Air," which graced the closing credits of the Oscar-nominated Jason Reitman film of the same name, starring George Clooney. MTV News called Renick's tale "one of the best true-life success stories we've heard lately." Since then, the St. Louis-based singer/songwriter has recorded several collections of introspective, melodically rich compositions that mine a stylistic vein big enough to include his considerable debt to Neil Young (the artist's acknowledged primary influence), Nick Drake, Paul Simon's early work, Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, Brian Eno, and the world of film music. Renick's new release "Under The Wishing Tree" is the best showcase yet of his myriad influences and his own far-ranging sonic palette. There are rockers ("Ramshackle" and "Figure Out," the latter of which is reminiscent of both U2 and The Smiths), atmospheric love songs ("Feeling My Way" and "Sad Song #217"), haunting odes to the passage of time ("Song of Longing" and "Lost Time"), an unsettling song about oil spills ("Black On Blue") and even a pair of surprising instrumentals, one traditional ("Out of the Cage") and one electronic ("Sadlongia"). There's also an updated mix of one of Renick's most popular songs, "Goodbye Typewriter," which will soon be accompanied by his first official music video, lensed by director Wolfgang Lehmkuhl. In a rave review, PlaybackSTL called the new album "homey and nostalgic," adding that "every track fills you with tranquility, solace or lightheartedness." Renick's melodies tend to stick in your head long after you've heard them, and his voice is regularly compared to that of Neil Young both on disc and in concert, although some are just as apt to point to Al Stewart, Paul Simon or the hushed vocals of Nick Drake here and there when trying to find reference points for Renick's singular sound. The artist earned fans around the world due to the unique tale behind "Up in the Air," with the popular British film magazine Empire calling Renick's track on the UITA soundtrack "the record's highlight...and possibly the most life-affirming story of the year." The influence of natural landscapes, growing up in suburbia, dreaming about love (and being forever haunted when it fades away), traveling, cultivating significant friendships, and concern over the alienating effects of technology are all elements that influence Renick's songwriting. Penultimate tracks here such as "There For My Life" (a gypsy-flavored rumination on life co-written with Chicagoan Christa Juergens) and the wistful "Lost Time," are the kind of tunes that make you stop what you're doing to assess your own private journey. With a host of unconventional musical sidemen headed by multi-instrumentalist and long-time friend Ted Moniak, Renick has conjured a deeply stirring, memorable musical journey that is all about the "wishin' and hopin' and thinkin'" that songwriters from Burt Bacharach to Thom Yorke helped inspire him to do as he carved his own path as a songwriter through the years. One fan emailed Renick in the wake of UITA to say, "Thank you for a beautiful song which really captured what I feel about myself right now...you articulated my feelings and also rekindled my love for music." It's the sort of sentiment Renick is likely to hear again and again, as the songs on "Under the Wishing Tree" and future recordings begin to reach a wider audience.

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