Singer-songwriter Ren Lawton – aka Conor Owen – has been performing under the moniker of ‘Ren Lawton’ since 2016. Seeking an alternative musical direction, he moved towards indie-folk, having performed in bands supporting the likes of We Are Scientists, The Subways and The Envy Corps.
With a well of experience behind him, Conor felt the maturity to go it alone, embarking on creating music he was passionate about. Combining the Confucian virtue ‘Ren’ with his grandmother’s maiden name, ‘Lawton’, Conor’s new project was officially born.
Earlier this month, on September 8th, Ren Lawton released his new single ‘Love By Night’ – and today, we’re delighted to bring you the premiere of the accompanying video…
Talking about the visuals, Ren Lawton states: “The video for ‘Love By Night’ was shot in January of this year. I tried my best to not look freezing whilst filming but in between takes I was shaking with cold! The video follows the journey of a guy going to meet someone as the sun is setting. The visuals tie in with the song’s narrative of a couple who are forced to share their love at night in fear of being judged by friends, family and society.”
Incorporating elements of folk, Americana and indie-rock, Lawton creates a sound that feels undeniably charming and familiar. Taking inspiration from an array of storytellers such as Foy Vance and Ryan Adams to Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Connor, Lawton entwines relatable lyricism with rich, warm vocals, creating truly heartwarming music as a result.
About the single, Lawton explains, “Love by Night is a song I wrote nearly 10 years ago about two people in love who have to hide their relationship for fear of being shunned by friends, family and society. The song is self-produced and mostly recorded from my home studio. It was then mixed by friend and musician Paul Gregory of Lanterns on The Lake.”
‘Love By Night’ is the first single to be taken from Lawton’s upcoming debut album, due for release in early 2022.