L.A Salami - The Scene
19/09/12 23:57 Filed in: Album Reviews
Lookman Adekunle Salami - ‘L.A. Salami’ - is a rare breed of musician that the world has been craving since the height of storytelling legends like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Not quite folk, not quite indie, not quite common and certainly not boring, L.A. Salami’s lyricism and voice are hypnotic. His uncanny ability to deliver a story through a song with twists and emotions that are so incredibly human makes his music instantly relatable. With a cool voice, beautiful guitar, and masterful words, L.A. has a distinctness to his art that is inherently lacking amongst other young musicians today.
After the release of first single 'Failure' last October, and single 'Jianni's From Australia (She'll Get By Fine)' released early in June, L.A. Salami has had a full live session and interview with BBC Radio London as well as sessions with John Kennedy on XFM, and an interview with Steve Lemacq on BBC Radio 2. L.A. Salami has stacked up plays on Absolute, BBC 6 Music and Radio 1, with huge support from regional, digital and student radio along the way. Rob Da Bank enjoyed his sound so much he booked him straight away for his own festivals Bestival and Camp Bestival!He has played with TimeOut Live session, supporting the Duke Spirit, with other support slots including various shows with Lianne La Havas, including her seminal EP launch and incredible Jools Holland appearance party and Willie Mason's album release show.
The magnetism of his music is undeniable. It’s no surprisie that he cites Dylan and Tom Waits as major influences but he also owes a debt to the late Tupac Shakur and The Rolling Stones as well. This is an artist with real meat that you can sink your teeth into so be sure to check him out and satisfy yourself with some great music!
'The Scene' is Salami's take on a big band song: “It's the second song on an album collection,” he says. “I was going for the sound of what it's like to be dragged through a carnival gutter – colourful but messy. It's a personal song. It's how I feel about being at the edge of the scene – which isn't a straight forward feeling.”
'The Posture of Grief' is a straightforward, confessional song that combines L.A.'s love for the scratchy nature of guitar music with the emphasis he places on lyrics and melody.
After fantastic solo and full band performances at Nova festival, Secret Garden Party and Camp Bestival, seeing L.A. Salami is a definite must! All live dates below. 'The Scene' is taken from his taster 'Pre-E.P.' available now. An Official first Album is in the making and will be released late 2012/early 2013, so for the mean time wrap your ears around some of his other wonderful music HERE.
-Blurb Music PR