There is a lot of music that gets submitted to Salute and when standout songs present themselves, they must be passed along.
Here’s a few that caught our attention
Artist: Bianca Gisselle
Song: “Secret Affair”
Comments: Armed with a vocal bite that is rich and at times sinister, Gisselle is a singer/songwriter that knows her way around a good hook.
“Secret Affair” feels like the piece to a larger puzzle. As a dual threat actress/singer, its not implausible to think that this song is tied into the other tracks on her Get Back to Love: Side B EP.
A touch of blues, a little rock, a lot of pop and some thump make it work.
Stream: Bianca Gisselle “Secret Affair”
Artist: Rico Rossi
Comments: Rossi hails from the Bay Area and has a butter-smooth banger in “Higher.” Featuring a Badu-inspired hook from Abrina and a guest verse from legend Keak Da Sneak, “Higher” is one of those indie records that forces you to pay attention.
Stream: Rico Rossi “Higher”
Artist: Emily Curtis
Comments: According to the Charleston, SC native’s bio she wrote this one “as a response to her own insecurities as well as a lack of support she felt from some of the people in her life.”
The dark-pop single off her Hindsight EP is mainstream enough to penetrate and creative enough to inspire.
Emily Curtis is war ready.
Stream: Emily Curtis “Battleshade”
Track: “Last Night”
Comments: One of the hardest things to do is to write a catchy song that is simple, non-derivative and relevant.
Many have tried, most have failed and yet Avazesa crafted a perfect pop urban-based pop tune for all seasons.
Featuring Marcus Patrick and produced by Mantra, “Last Night” is a jumper
Stream: Avazesa “Last Night”
Band: Raygun Carver
Track: “Would I Lie To You?”
Comments: The answer to the question is probably ‘yes’ considering the lust-noir subject matter and feel.
Working with lo-fi production qualities that still feels a bit pristine, this acoustically-driven piece sounds like a long night in the desert. This is for fans of The Smithereens and Chris Issak.