Who is Reno Cruz? In his past lives, the California native has put in stints as an actor, jewelry salesman, banjo player, and cheesemonger. A resident of Chicago, he’s worked to earn his stripes as a backing musician for various local luminaries — including Lala Lala, Wyatt Waddell, Sen Morimoto, Shawnee Dez, and others.
At the dawn of 2022, Reno Cruz emerges from quarantine isolation to cast his own stone into the abyss–a debut record that marries his penchant for intricate guitar work and hushed vocal melodies with an intentional blend of layered folk instrumentation and psychedelic digital processing.
The result is a kaleidoscopic jewel-box of an album, each subsequent listen revealing previously hidden depths. With lyrics directly lifted from journal entries and past conversations, Reno directly addresses the listener with a carefully preserved account of loneliness that nevertheless highlights the companionship possible in solitude.
While this record speaks to anxiety and isolation, its homespun instrumentation–courtesy of a talented ensemble of collaborators—is a testament to the power of community and reciprocal care. Reno’s nimble acoustic guitar waltzes alongside a DIY orchestra of woodwinds and strings, while his voice, lustrous and bruised, co-mingles in harmony with his closest friends. The resulting ten songs, expertly mixed and mastered by Brok Mende at Friends of Friends Recording, constitute a radiant debut that bridges the space between loneliness and togetherness.
"Falling In Love Is Not That Hard" is scheduled for release on January 21, 2022.
released January 21, 2022
All tracks produced by Reno Cruz
Track 9 co-produced by Hunter Davidson
Mixed and mastered by Brok Mende at Friends of Friends Recording
Hannah Maverick Cruz: Vocals on Tracks 1, 4, 5, 9, 10
Danielle Strautmanis: Vocals on Tracks 6, 10
Wyatt Waddell: Vocals on Tracks 9, 10
Ariella Granados & Izzy Ortiz: Vocals on Track 9
Sam Subar: Drums on Tracks 1,7, 10
Jacob Slocum: Bass Clarinet on Track 1
Jake Hawrlyak: Bass on Tracks 4, 6, 7, Ambience on Track 2
Noelle Viard: Violin on Track 5
Eric Novak: Tenor Saxophone on Track 7
Kenneth Leftridge: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute on Track 6
David Blair Jr: Drums on Track 6
Chris Misch: Trombone and Trumpet on Track 6
José Guadalupe Flores: Flutes on Track 10
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Variation a rumbling train, as soon as you need something from this album, it immediately provides it and you realize it's been hidden in there all along. The guy is all things to all people, except those who only love boring music. To them, I say save your money. mattogravy