renforshort Keeps Her Stride on “serpentine”

Kieran Kohorst
Steph Verschuren

There’s an important distinction to be made between being lonely and being alone, and renforshort exemplifies the latter in her latest release. “I think I’ll take the long way home,” she begins solemnly, opting for this route to prolong her time to herself. These journeys often don’t lead where one intends – instead, you’re found in a place of dreaded reflection, easy pickings for the vultures in your mind. This scene is evident in ren’s delivery: she’s alive but not much for living, impassioned but not expressive. While the song’s details are vague to listeners, they’re vivid in the eyes of its artist. "'serpentine' is a song that at its surface is about walking alone through London,” ren shares, also indebting the track’s personality to Elliot Smith. “The simplicity and honesty of the song captures such a personal moment, and I'm grateful for the experiences I had while creating this song, with a nod of gratitude to the melodic influence of Elliott Smith." 

“serpentine” is another in a long line of renforshort’s idiosyncratic songwriting, with the Toronto-born artist having mastered the trick of making the personal feel universal. This single is just her second release since her debut album dear amelia arrived in 2022, establishing a new momentum for her to carry throughout 2024. While not a new name by any means, our reintroduction to renforshort is a reminder as to why fans fell in love with her in the first place.

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