This new drop from Alexander Wren "Had Me at Goodbye" is the latest in a string of singles to come out since his seminal release "The Good in Goodbye." Produced and mixed by Micah Tawlks, and mastered by Phillip Shaw Bova, Wren extends his brooding folk aesthetic into electric band territory, with a rootsy sound that splits the difference between the laid-back grooves of Bahamas and the sticky pop hooks of Andy Shauf.
With two music-loving parents, from an early age Alexander Wren was listening to to a blend of Country, Blues, and Jazz. Enjoying equal helpings of Hank Williams, Billie Holiday, and Blind Willie Johnson, Wren soon began picking at his mom’s guitar, with classical voice lessons soon to follow. The result is a young performer with a surprisingly mature aesthetic that mixes a pop-crooner sensibility with elements of retro soul, Americana, and classic rock. Earlier this year the strike of COVID-19 forced Alexander to cancel over 50 shows across the U.S. as well as what would have been his first international run in the United Kingdom. Recognizing a need for sunshine in such dark times, he released pop single, "Had Me at Goodbye." With its droning twelve string guitars and choral backing vocals, this charming track delivers a memorable guitar hook reminiscent of The Byrds.