RE:NA is Daren Todd’s debut album born from an immersive residency with It’s Future Time (IFT) for the past year. This album is a freshly squeezed revelation, defiantly and effortlessly breaking down genre roles. It’s an intimate glimpse into Daren’s life, a time capsule of emotions and carefully crafted images. Daren’s relentless positivity and earnestness is a tender hug at the end of a long night for everyone in 2018 who’s tired of the status quo. RE:NA is a love note to the self, a reminder to treat yourself gently and honestly, and to always pursue your dreams.
Daren moved to Portland just one year ago after meeting IFT co-owner Anthony DeMarco in Santa Barbara. For the past year Daren has literally been living in the It’s Future Time studio, quietly crafting an album that no one saw coming. What was originally going to be a couple weeks in Portland to record some tracks, turned into the three months, and then a year. As their friendships and creative relationships continued to deepen, they realized that their personal connections were at the heart of the music. This kind of songwriting and engineering couldn’t happen simply from exchanging verses through email, or even a couple weeks of studio time. It took living together. Sharing a kitchen, going to shows, late night brainstorming and reminding each other to take their clothes out of the dryer. It proves that taking a chance and connecting can pay off. And in this case, it pays off with a debut album that marks the beginning of a new era of music in Portland.
released July 31, 2018
Written, performed, and recorded by Daren Todd
Featuring Sage on Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6
Mixed and Arranged by iNDIGO, AED, and Sunday Grip
Mastered by Ryan Foster