Slow No Wake is the musical project of Adam Theron-Lee Rensch. A multi-instrumentalist, Rensch wrote and recorded his first full-length album as Slow No Wake in bedrooms and closets throughout Ohio. Rensch, now 29, began writing music at the age of 16 as a guitarist in local metal band. While in college, he worked at a record store and became “something of a music nerd.” The store’s extensive collection of music provided Rensch with an eclectic array of influences, from classical and folk to jazz and obscure 60s pop. Among his biggest influences are Spiritualized, Can, Built to Spill, and Mazzy Star, as well as the minimalist works of Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt.
Rensch’s musical project began mainly as a hobby. Between 2003 and 2013, he wrote and recorded over 100 songs using loop stations and instruments salvaged from pawnshops to hone his layered sound. It wasn’t until his track “Everyone Needs Someone” appeared on the blog Indie Shuffle, however, that he considered releasing a proper album. “I never thought about pursuing music seriously. I just made music because I enjoyed it. Then all of sudden people were contacting me, asking me if I had an album they could buy.” He chose the name Slow No Wake after seeing it written on a buoy, and wanted to create an album that “sounded like the way it feels to float in water.”
The nine songs on Slow No Wake explore issues of love, mortality, and time, themes Rensch took interest in after the death of his father and stepmother. Several of the songs utilize writings from his father’s journal, the source of much of the album’s ghost imagery. “After my stepmother died, my father became obsessed with death, wondering what happened to her soul.” Rensch used a minimal approach to recording, creating all of the sounds with two old Yamaha keyboards, a guitar, a bass, and a drum machine. The album was funded through Kickstarter, and at the moment Rensch is working on the songs he promised to high-paying donors. “I offered to write a song for anyone who donated fifty dollars. I didn’t expect as many people to donate that much, so now I’m basically writing another album.” When they’re finished, he plans to put the songs on Bandcamp and allow fans to pay what they want for them. A published writer, he is also working on a book about death titled A Beginner’s Guide To Learning How To Die.
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