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Le Ren, Montreal-based musician Lauren Spear, has shared a cover of ‘Early Morning Rain’ – the 1966 folk classic by Gordon Lightfoot.

The track features Big Thief guitarist and solo artist Buck Meek, who recently released his new album Two Saviours via Keeled Scales.

On the track, their voices coalesce with an understated sweetness as they describe the loneliness and sadness of being far from home. Opting for a subtler, tranquil rework, the track lulls with gentle acoustic guitar and captures a timeless folk sound.

On the track, Le Ren notes:

“To me, this song encapsulates missing someone. As many people are separated right now, it felt like the right moment to cover it. Buck and I recorded it in two different countries across time and space so in turn, the production reflects the song itself.” 

Last year, Le Ren released the EP Morning & Melancholia (Le Ren stares down a fractured love and a harrowing farewell, all in a crystalline voice that sounds too young to hold such anguish.” – New Yorker), her debut for Secretly Candian, which featured the single ‘Love Can’t Be The Only Reason To Stay’. 

Following the release, in October 2020, she released the single ‘It’s Time I Played a Love Song’ b/w ‘I Did U Wrong’ via Sub Pop’s Singles Club. 

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