I’ve never had the pleasure of following an artist from the beginning of their career, until now. I first learned of E. Salem’s musical talents when he performed in the Rays Spring Training Talent Show.
I was incredibly impressed and soon discovered his Twitter account and got to listen to more of his singing when he posted youtube videos of his cover songs. Those tweets quickly became a bright spot for me.
I knew from his tweets that he was working on some original music and I got to hear them when he posted them on his Myspace page. I fell in love with the songs and found myself singing along right away. I loved the raw sound and acoustic guitar. I have to be honest and say I was worried about what would happen if he got signed and started recording those original songs in the style of today’s music. Would I hate it?
I was not disappointed. Salem released an EP on iTunes recently and I downloaded it today. I LOVE IT!!! I knew three out of the four songs and when the first song played, a grin filled my face.
The familiar acoustic guitar began playing “Don’t Stop” and I sang along. When the beat track started, my heart leapt! What a different sound to the song I already knew so well and I loved it. Salem still has that raw sound I love and the beat track mixed with the acoustic guitar his fingers so expertly play gives way to an upbeat song that just made me want to get up and move.
The next song began with piano and I love his talent on the keys. The acoustic guitar entered again along with a beat track and he started singing “What You Need”. Again, I began singing along. This song is a great mix of Salem’s bluesy voice and rap phrases. I’m not a big fan of rap, but I really like it in this song. Maybe it’s just Salem’s voice that makes me fancy it. This song is also incredibly sexy. I thought it was sexy before and now? Oh my!
“All About You” came next and I hold a special place in my heart for this song. It’s just Salem and his guitar, just like the version I had heard before but he’s refined it just a bit. I adore this song.
The fourth song I hadn’t heard yet. “Down to Love” is now competing with “All About You” for the spot as my favorite. The mix of piano and acoustic is beautiful and I think the song really shows off Salem’s vocal range.
I hope he releases more originals for download. iTunes has this classified as pop but to me, pop today is all that electronic robot sounding stuff and Emeel Salem is far from that. His music is raw and you feel him singing from his heart.
It’s amazing to me to have followed Salem’s budding career like this. We’ve had several exchanges on Twitter which makes me feel even closer to his music. If you’re looking for some new music, check out the iTunes page for E. Salem’s EP, or search E. Salem in iTunes. I’ve had the four songs on repeat since I downloaded them almost two hours ago.