Le Ren, has shared “May Hard Times Pass Us By”, the final single off her debut album Leftovers, which drops on October 15th via Royal Mountain Records/Secretly Canadian. The track is accompanied by an Ali Vanderkruyk-directed video. “This song is really close to my heart. It was written for someone as we worked through a turbulent time in our relationship,” explains the Montreal-based artist (née Lauren Spear). Leftovers—produced by Chris Cohen and featuring contributions from Buck Meek and Tenci.
Leftovers presents equal parts melancholy, love, and levity to lift up the mournful as it stitches together a patchwork of personal songs about different relationships: those we share with mothers, lovers, and friends. Spear created a physical quilt to mirror the assemblage of stories that comprise her album: a coming-of-age collage that collects over four years of past experiences and finds their present meaning. “When I think of leftovers, I think of things that have been cast aside,” she says. “When they’re picked back up or remembered, they can be repurposed… Leftovers came to mean a collection of feelings and moments of the past that still remain relevant to my present.”
In April 2021, she met with Cohen in a rented house in Portland, Oregon, where they had to wait for a neighbourhood boy to stop making noise outside before they could record. The album came together much like the patchwork of her quilt, with collaborators Kori Miyanishi, Cedric Noel, Saltwater Hank (Jeremy Pahl), Eliza Niemi, Kaïa Kater, Aaron Goldstein, Buck Meek, and Tenci (Jess Showman) recording their parts separately from across North America.
Secretly Canadian/Royal Mountain Records
1. Take On Me
3. Was I Not Enough?
4. I Already Love You
5. Who’s Going To Hold Me Next?
6. Your Cup
7. Annabelle and MaryAnne
9. Friends Are Miracles
10. May Hard Times Pass Us By
pre-order Leftovers by Le Ren HERE