Asbury Park’s Renee Maskin is in the midst of making a unique mark on New Jersey’s legendary music scene. The rising singer-songwriter writes heavy-hearted, delicately produced songs that live somewhere between today’s best indie folk, real-deal country music of the seventies, and one of those unique and wonderful discoveries we’d make on 120 Minutes back in the mid-nineties. Think Angel Olsen meets Tom Petty meets Elliott Smith. The kind of tuneage you want to throw on as you kick off a long road trip to the desert or more simply, just to help get you through your work day. The word healing comes to mind.
Her recent single, "Scrimshaw,” features mesmerizing vocal work, sparkling acoustic and an aching electric lead guitar that draws you in. She just released the hauntingly beautiful accompanying music video, directed by John Decker, which portrays Maskin in a grayscale wasteland featuring lonely landscapes in a classic film cinematography style that serves as a symbol for the different stages of the emotional journey depicted in the song.
On the video Maskin states:
“Scrimshaw” was shot over the course of 2022 and 2023 traveling around America with a super 8 camera. Most of what made the actual video was in and around Joshua Tree. If you’re singing a song about loss, and death, and moving on, that place can very well serve as a backdrop. It’s gorgeous and it’s weird. There’s a lot of people walking around on hard drugs too, which makes it even weirder. There’s a beauty and also an uneasiness that we felt there that lent itself to the video.”