Quality over quantity: since coming out of the music woodwork about a year ago, Josef Salvat has produced just three tracks.While it’s hard to determine the true breadth of an artist on twelve minutes of music, there is definitely something to be said for Salvat’s delicate touch throughout “This Life”, “Hustler” and his latest, “Every Night”.At the heart of this music is soul, whether it’s through a breezy melody pulled from a Motown record (“Every Night”) or the starkness of an empty bedroom (“Hustler”).Combine that with synthesized waves of sonic majestry and a amazing vocal range from baritone to falsetto - you get to start to understand why Salvat should be an artist-to-watch in 2014.It’s amazing to see these artists who’ve grown up on Dr. Dre and Oasis at the same time (or even younger than that) and can let opposing forces blend seamlessly into something boldly new.
There’s an element of electronic pop that seems to permeate throughout today’s adventurous set. Highlights:
Josef Salvat (9) - At the heart of this music is soul, whether it’s through a breezy melody pulled from a Motown record (“Every Night”) or the starkness of an empty bedroom (“Hustler”).
Savoir Adore (7) - Led off by the buzzy “Dreamers”, Our Nature embraces all sorts of different influences, from funk grooves (“Regalia”) to soft electro-pop (“Loveliest Creature”) to rock hooks (“Sparrow”).
Jack Savoretti (7) - One new that did arise this fall is a live version of “Written in Scars”, a Richie Havens-like single inspired by and in support of Seeds of Peace – “It’s a brave song for a brave cause.”
Saint Rich (6) – An offshoot of Delicate Steve, Saint Rich has a rebel-country edge to it that fits these guys to a T.It’s a loose proposition and should come across as a ‘friends and family’ set at SXSW, which always seems to pay dividends for an audience drinking and swaying along.
Ski Lodge (6) – Brooklyn’s Ski Lodge delivered a solid indie rock debut this year with Big Heart, a dreamy record that takes a relatively minimal approach to pop forms.Above all, it’s a heartfelt record that flows like a breezy summer day.
Shakey Graves (5) – Austin’s Shakey Graves is another authentic folkster with a penchant for the blues. His old style romps carry a nice energy and connection to the past.