‘Saltwater’ is the debut solo release by San Diego based musician Ren Daversa. Released on Rennie D. Music, it is a collection of emotions and situations. They have been penned to audio bliss accompanied by beautiful melodies and luscious harmonies.
The album opens with the divine track, ‘Oceans of You’. It is a strong opening track which prepares the listeners for what is to come. We hear Ren’s trademark vocals and catchy acoustic guitar. There is a staccato rhythm which draws in the listener’s attention and keeps it throughout. The chorus is catchy and it will have you singing along in no time!
‘Heart to Heart’ is a standout song. It has a comfortable groove and double hit snare throughout which creates texture. The electric lead guitar is strong throughout and helps to guide and mould feeling into the track. The electric guitar always compliments the vocals and never overpowers them. Just the correct balance has been struck. ‘Firelight’ is also a song which demands your attention and will have you reaching for the repeat button. We also adored the song, ‘Cut and Dried’ which has a Joan Baez feel to it. Always a good thing! It is a song for fighters and is relatable and enjoyable.
One recurring strong point on each track is the vocals. Ren Daversa has deep emotion in her delivery and the harmonies on each song are simply stunning. The instrumentation is full when it needs to be but also cuts away to let the vocals shine when it is called for.
During these 9 tracks, 36 minutes in total, we hear music which is thoughtful, thought-provoking and well crafted. Ren’s website states how hard she has worked on her composition skills for this album. She has delivered songs which are relatable and songs which will resonate with many people. It is a beautiful piece of work which needs to be heard.
Ren is the former frontwoman of San Diego based band, ‘The Good China’. You can hear in her performance the passion and conviction she has developed from being a frontwoman and these skills have been transferred to this solo record.
Make sure you check out this magnificent release today, you will not be disappointed!
Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019