Cassette Of The Month - JUNE 2019
The “Salt People” are re-contextualized nerds from your after school jazz band program; they bring their flamboyant performative style, vibrant compositions, and bold attitude to the grungy depths of underground DIY spaces, where far-out dance parties inevitably ensue. Bands with prominent horn sections usually trigger a nostalgic trip to my cringe worthy days as the “ska queen” of the scene. However, the humble artistry and measured brouhaha of the Salt People allows me to transcend self-consciousness, providing a safe space for an ex-clarinet player / Christina Aguilera impersonator such as myself, to rock out and let loose.
Frontperson, Caroline Bennett’s robust vocal cadence steers a spunky troupe of five tight musicians, who skillfully turn tempo changes at the drop of a hat. Deep Serious is a cheeky title for an album debut brimming with crescendos of quirkiness. The music breathes in a way that parallels an energetic jog through a tree-canopied suburbia. The album is lush with sporadic, hyper moments, appeased by lovely, terse bursts of raw tenderness. The spirit of the album is perfectly encapsulated in the lyrics: When I am alone, I talk to myself; when I am alone, I pretend to be a carrot.
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