Kevin Renick | Under the Wishing Tree (s/r)

wishingtreeThere’s an air of serenity that surrounds the entire album.


Homey and nostalgic—that’s how one might describe Kevin Renick’s newest album, Under the Wishing Tree. The album’s opening, instrumental track, “Out of the Cage (Part One),” is like a prelude to the experience you’re about to have. Its whimsical and freeing nature conjures up feelings of optimism, tranquility, and spiritual peace; it definitely lives up to its name. After hearing it, I wondered how Renick would fare having set the bar so high straight out of the gate. Luckily, that wasn’t even an issue.

There’s an air of serenity that surrounds the entire album. Every track fills you with tranquility, solace, or lightheartedness—a laidback and serene sound. It’s one of those albums you throw in on a Sunday morning while enjoying a nice, calming moment and a cup of coffee. With all of life’s stressful elements, I found the album to have a soothing and sedative effect. One of the great things about it is the numerous genres it hits upon and unpredictable path. Even though the majority of Wishing Tree lies in the realm of folk and acoustic rock, at times there is a hint of everything, and even a spot of what sounds like country.

One of the most whimsical of tracks on the album, “Goodbye, Typewriter,” is a fond and fanciful farewell to many of technology’s now misplaced ancestors. From the phone booth to the VCR, Renick’s proclamation reminds us of the ever revolving door of gadgets that have bombarded our lives throughout recent history. Renick’s vocals lend a lightheartedness to the song that conveys the humor intended given the song’s lyrics and upbeat tempo.

Then, at the other end of the spectrum, lie songs like “Feeling My Way” and “Black on Blue,” both extremely personal tracks. The former is a very intimate look at one’s personal journey through relationships and all the intricacies that come with it; the latter, however, is a much more devious track. With the sound of the ocean brooding in the background, it is rich with symbolism and open to interpretation. One thing is for sure: Something is brewing up ahead.

I thoroughly enjoyed this album. From beginning to end, it was consistently optimistic and uplifting, yet each song was extremely different from the next; you never knew in exactly what direction the next track was going to take you. | Jennifer Manjarez

The album is available online. Learn more about Kevin Renick via his Facebook page.

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