Renée Reed was born and raised in south Louisiana, spending countless hours on the knee of her grandfather, the Cajun accordion player Harry Trahan. Her parents Lisa Trahan and Mitch Reed are also known Cajun musicians, while her great-uncle, Revon Reed, was a folklorist from Mamou, Louisiana, a town with an even thicker history in Cajun music. She’s currently studying Traditional Music and French at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, while also working in the Archives of the Center for Louisiana Studies.
And while Renée’s music is certainly informed by these deep roots, her dark dreamlike folk has more in common with contemporaries like Cate Le Bon and Jessica Pratt. It’s also not unlike the intangible magic contained in Mazzy Star’s songs.