UK based, Salsola, have released their latest single, Disappearing and we’ve been listening in the studio today here at Send Me Your Ears.
Disappearing is a gentle reminder to the listener that there’s more to life than the usual mundane stuff. Its an invitation to step out of your comfort zone and to watch out for the predictable routines we can fall into.
Disappearing starts with a nice lo-fi guitar which really accentuates the full band sound when it comes in.
When the vocals come in, they’re just a little unexpected. Its rare to hear a female vocalist handle low notes quite so well. There’s an almost Alison Moyet depth in places.
There are other times during the course of Disappearing that the lead vocalist sounds almost like Toyah wishes she did!! I really noticed a moment when she sang the line “killing time” that took me right back to the 80s and Toyah trying desperately to have an interesting voice but really just not cutting it for me! (Sorry Toyah)
The vocalist’s use of twang technique is well done (almost Duffy-like), but the way the vocals have been recorded make the vocal track just slightly too nasal and middly for my taste. The low notes are a little lost and I’d strongly suggest much more compression on the vocal track – especially with a range like the one used in this song.
There’s doubled vocals in places – always a nice touch and they sit well.
I particularly liked the breakdown of guitar and drums, then the vocals and sidestick joined in before continuing to build with some half time four on the floor work on the kick drum.
At 5m39s Disappearing is unlikely to be considered for commercial air play although BBC introducing may be a good option. Its a great theme and therefore searching out sync opportunities may be a good avenue for Sasola to gain some recognition.
I’d like to have heard more undersnare mic in this song. I can hear the tuned note of the snare, but not the wires underneath and its just adding to a slightly muddy sounding production. A big boost in the top 3 octaves, particularly in the vocal and drums would give a little extra brightness and life to the track in my opinion.
Disappearing is an anthem of positivity. A light in the darkness and a gentle nudge to the listener to live their best life. With some characterful vocals and a positively euphoric build at the end, this song is sure to please fans of indie and alt rock.