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Song You Need to Know: Renessco, ‘Glass House’

“I wrote ‘Glass House’ about a long term relationship that was slowly deteriorating before my eyes,” Renessco explains of the slow-burning track.

Kendra Fewster*

Though Melbourne-via-Fremantle artist Renessco might be a comparatively new addition to the scene, there is a gorgeous aspect to his work that meets you like an old friend.

The musical moniker of Connor Minervini, some fans might recognise Renessco as one third of folk-rock group The Hunting Birds, but this new project stands on its own, masterfully cementing itself as a powerful part of the Australian music scene.

Having released debut single “Rain in California” early last month, it was later in the month that Renessco returned with latest effort, “Glass House”. A slow-burning piece of acoustic brilliance, the track slowly amps up in its intensity, reaching a masterful, pounding crescendo that stays with you long after its last notes fade out.

Recorded with Sam Phay (Kuren, Yorke), Renessco explains that the track is something of an observation on long term relations reaching an expiration date, and the emotional weight of it all. Set to serve as part of a larger project we’ll soon bear witness to, it’s a captivating track that is bolstered by pure emotion.

“I wrote ‘Glass House’ about a long term relationship that was slowly deteriorating before my eyes,” explains Renessco. “Fragility and reflection are two really big themes that kind of dominate the song, it really felt like the ‘final dance’ of the relationship in a way. I had the main verse written in Perth about a few days before I was due to go to the studio and Sam (producer) helped nurse the rest out of me, it was pretty therapeutic.”

“When we sat down to record it, I was really feeling like I wanted the song to sound like a diary entry,” he adds. “For me, I kind of journal my life in songs using voice memos on my phone. So we recorded the acoustic guitar straight from my phone into the session. I feel like there is something really intimate in that. It doesn’t have the sparkly quality of an expensive microphone, but it just has this real honesty about it.”

Though it remains to be seen when Renessco will invite us further into his world with this upcoming project, “Glass House” stands tall as a powerful reminder of the sort of creativity and arresting performance style that he possesses.

Renessco’s “Glass House” is out now.