Leftovers, the debut album from Montreal’s (/Tiohtia:ke’s) Le Ren, stitches together a patchwork of personal songs about different relationships: those we share with mothers, lovers, and friends. Lauren Spear, the artist behind Le Ren, created a physical quilt to mirror the assemblage of stories that comprise her album: a coming-of-age collage that collects over four years of past experiences and finds their present meaning.
Spear studied bluegrass as a teenager on Bowen Island/ Nex̱wlelexm, a small municipality on the Canadian west coast. In adulthood she dove headfirst into Montreal’s (/Tiohtia:ke’s) music scene, expanding her artistry into contemporary folk, rock, and country. With the release of her EP Morning & Melancholia in 2020, Le Ren earned comparison to the deft musicianship and sparse, eloquent lyrics of John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.