Fresh from an epic series of adventures which included an appearance at SXSW in the US and a tour of Japan, one of our favourite purveyors of dream pop, Salarymen, are back with another shimmering single, cementing their position as one of the more exciting indie bands around at the moment.
‘Echoes’ positively shimmers from the outset – glistening guitars glide over a bed of simmering synths while singer Renee de la Motte’s vocals are haunting and atmospheric with a melancholic and dreamy reverie. As always, there is something of a sixties frisson in the delivery and a sparkle in the tone.
The band always deals in serious themes despite all the shimmer and sparkle. Songwriter and producer Thom Eagleton says of the track:
When you lose someone close to you or someone unexpectedly passes away, it forces you to reassess your values and appreciate those around you. This song was written from the perspective of their partners and families, whose lives are forever changed in a split second. We wanted to pay tribute to them for carrying on despite the toughest of circumstances. The production is supposed to capture that sense of desperation and helplessness.
de la Motte’s impassioned vocals capture perfectly the delicious heartbreak and yearning. There are touches of fellow antipodeans Hatchie and Fazerdaze as well as the dulcet sounds of Alvvays.
The accompanying video sees an enigmatic performance from de la Motte interspersed by shots from the band’s recent global adventures. The close shots give a sense of intimacy and poignancy.
‘Echoes’ is out now and available to stream and download here.
Salarymen will be launching ‘Echoes’ at Vic on the Park on Friday June 2, supported by fellow indie band Bridge Dog.
Other gigs coming up include:
Sat 17 June | House Of Music & Booze, Sydney
W/ Caitlin Harnett And The Pony Boys
Fri 7 July | The Lansdowne, Sydney