Reisender began when producer & songwriter Paul Conroy bought a neglected mandolin for 40 euros from a Flea Market in Stuttgart, Germany. The first few songs were written under bridges and on street corners of 20 different cities in Europe. From its origin as "Strassenmusik" (street music) Reisender embodies the spirit of the traveler, who embraces change and transience, especially in the face of adversity and hardship. In 2016, Reisender partnered with The Canvas Group to mix and master "New Year" and went on to perform Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, and Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in support of the album.
Reisender's music features an eclectic mix of 80s-reminiscent synths and drums, grooving mandolin riffs, cement bucket drum samples, and unadulterated indie pop hooks. The result is a sound comparable to groups such as Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, Washed Out, and Miike Snow. Conroy's greatest personal influences are Paul Simon, Damon Albarn, Pixies, and Paul McCartney.
Reisender has also collaborated with local bay area artists such as Travis Hayes, Owl Paws, and Debbie Neigher by producing remixes of their works.
NextNorthwest -- "New Year by Reisender is our Bay Area Song of the Week." [Read Full Article]
SfCritic -- "Reisender Brings Busking to the Stage, Releases Debut Album." [Read full article]
Tour Worthy -- "Reisender has honed his skills at sounding like an indie pop dream." [Read full article]
HillyDilly -- "Reisender has done an excellent job of not doing too much... but still hitting a very pleasant sound." [Read full article]