L.A. singer-songwriter WRENN is a self-proclaimed sad girl, as is evident from her breathy and weary voice that often breaks as though she is constantly on the verge of tears. The 19-year-old aesthete is usually with her guitar and writes ambient folk-rock with the same despondent heaviness as Portland artist Grouper and the vulnerability of London indie folk band Daughter. In the first single "Insight" from her upcoming EP Without Reason, WRENN sings with a newfound boldness, sharing the strange sadness that only arises from a freshly-broken teenage girl heart.
The visual for "Insight," premiering above, features WRENN unobtrusively playing guitar on an amp while two women in black frocks dance in the foreground. They pull and wrestle with each other intimately, swaying somewhere between violence and dependency while WRENN pours out: If I don't see you, then there's nothing to worry about. If I don't hear you, then there's nothing to worry about. You're not there. Their alternating pas de deux portrays the painful unraveling of a one-sided relationship and the multitude of emotions that come with it: anger, addiction, and abandonment.
"This song is a letter to those who claimed they loved me and left me when I realized I was losing myself," WRENN told The FADER in an email. "This song is a requiem to nights spent alone, promising the world to people I no longer talk to. This song is composed of things I heard in the silence. More than anything, this song is to those who left me suddenly and without warning; this song is only the beginning, and there are many things still to be said.”
"Insight" is the first single from WRENN's upcoming self-released EP Without Reason, out April 29.