With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Nicole Atkins, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee, Adrien continues to build an evolving and impressive career in music. Now she’s expanding her art into new realms with the release of her latest studio project, Strange Love & the Secret Language. an album being billed as “a collection of unconventional love songs,” released on Zip Records, August 7th. The album was recorded in Woodstock with the production duo The Elegant Too (P. Diddy, Yoko Ono, John Cale) and offers listeners a lush, deeply textured pop record that has already caught the attention of WDST and WXPN (Philadelphia), and finds Reju in the company of fellow Woodstock artists A.C. Newman (The New Pornographers) and Marco Benevento. In addition to her striking original songs, Reju also covers tunes by David Bowie, Elliot Smith, and Prince.
Raised in New York City as the only daughter of a cellist/composer and music teacher/book editor, Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter/multi-
With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Nicole Atkins, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee, Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter/multi-
The album was recorded at Goathouse Studios in Woodstock, NY and was produced by The Elegant Too (Chris Maxwell and Phil Hernandez). When choosing to work with the production duo, whose eclectic collaborations include Yoko Ono, P. Diddy, and John Cale, Adrien notes that she shared their mutual love of mixing organic and synthetic sounds, an approach they decided to take with this project.
The first single, “Hemophiliac of Love” featuring the unmistakable voice of A.C. Newman, is a cover of the eclectic ’80s band King Missile. Upon hearing their version, songwriter Stephen Tunney (aka Dogbowl) said he was “deeply moved.”
PopMatters premiered the 2nd single, a Sam Cooke-inspired track entitled "Last Call". “I had been listening to a lot of 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,” says Reju. “‘Last Call’ is my present day take on that music. I wanted to write something you could dance to."
Before capturing the attention of San Francisco-based indie label, Zip Records, 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.
Raised in New York City as the only daughter of a cellist/composer and music teacher/book editor, Adrien was exposed to a range of musical genres from an early age from classical to jazz (her father's repertoire), and from folk to classic rock (her mother's record collection). She credits her parents and their upbringing as major contributors to her musicality and integrity as a writer and performer. As a performer, Adrien got her start in Philadelphia running with a close-knit scene of budding songwriters including Blue Note artist Amos Lee. To date, Adrien has also released a 5-song EP, Lucky Ones (2012) and a full length LP, A Million Hearts (2009) to critical acclaim and regular rotation on such radio programs as WXPN's World Cafe with David Dye.