07 November 2023 Reviews
Following up on the success of her summer single ‘Issues’, SAL is back with a new offering entitled ‘Kerosene’. The track is drenched in melancholy, but progresses into a place of self-acceptance as the track goes on. From the echoey drums, shining instrumentation and soft atmosphere, we are guided on a journey the encourages us to reflect, and through that introspection come to a place of satisfaction with life. SAL achieves this complex feeling through a deeply human vocal performance, the artist glows as her lyrical delivery comes with passion and wisdom. As rich guitar lines and momentous percussion joins the soundscape, we are fully immersed in the idyllic frequencies that SAL presents, ending the track with a gratifying final chord.
Cork City-based singer-songwriter SAL uses her music to explore the colours of the world, showcasing versatility whilst maintaining indie-pop sensibilities. After her first two singles, ‘Bullet In The Heart’ and ‘Everything’, both received praise from radio and music media in Ireland, the artist capitalised with ‘Merry Go Round’, which reached No. 1 on the Irish iTunes charts. Earlier this year, ‘Red Wine’ showed that this was no one-time thing, with the hat-trick completed with ‘Issues’ in august.
SAL dives into the new single:
“I wrote ‘Kerosene’ at a time of confusion. I'm 28, and I'm at the stage where a lot of people around me are either settling down, moving to Australia, saving for a house or getting engaged and I'm doing none of those things. I'm out here touring, writing music and doing what I love and adore. When I wrote this song though, I felt like I was doing something wrong to not be doing what everyone else is doing. I felt like I wanted those things. But it's only from writing this song that I realised it's not where I'm at in this moment and that is okay.
Live, SAL has graced Ireland’s most prestigious stages, making appearances in the UK and Germany, sharing the stage with the likes of Declan O’Rourke, Aimee, Mick Flannery, The Stunning, Luka Bloom,Wyvern Lingo. This year, SAL completed a successful tour of cafe’s across Ireland, before joining TOUCAN as their support.
After connecting with new audiences at shows in London, the artist looks ahead to supporting Declan O’Rourke in Cork and Killarney on his upcoming acoustic tour and also touring with Niall McCabe across Ireland.