Renata Zeiguer is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, the daughter of Argentinean and Philippine immigrants. An NYC native, she grew up playing classical and jazz music, beginning on the violin and the piano at age 6, and listening to her grandmother play ragtime and tango music obsessively on a baby grand during family visits in Buenos Aires.
She began writing music as a kid, with mostly instrumental compositions that evolved from hourslong improvisations while seated at the keys after school. Initially drawn to composers like Prokofiev and Debussy, she grew to like songs that could be sung, falling in love with the great early 20th century American jazz standards, Brazilian tropicália, and the Beatles.
Her music is both wonderfully dreamy and strangely dark – there is an ambiance that exudes a kind of dreamlike exotica, a “timeless portal where Les Paul and Mary Ford meet Os Mutantes and the Pixies.” Some may hear a sort of weightless negative space where Joe Meek’s “I Hear a New World” meets Kate Bush (Chad Depasquale, Aquarium Drunkard).
Released on Northern Spy Records in 2018, Renata’s debut album ‘Old Ghost’ is the sound of someone finding and losing herself in the endless dance of fear and forgiveness. Co-produced with longtime collaborator Adam Schatz, the album scopes psychological themes of depression and anxiety all the while remaining melodically and harmonically uplifting, adventurous, and ultimately reassuring.