Sydney duo Salarymen have about them a sixties-infused sparkle that recollects artists like St Etienne and Lily Allen – bright and effervescent pop that seem to emit a healthy glow while touched with that essential pop ingredient: a sprinkle of melancholia. Their new single ‘All In Vain’ contains all these essential parts: it is a glorious high-stepping piece of pop sunshine that is euphoric and infectious.
Co-vocalist and bassist Renee de la Motte has a velvet voice that recalls the golden tones of Dusty Springfield or The Ronettes. She says of the track:
‘All in Vain’ is a frank reflection on how much social media has crept into our lives, and placed pressure on us to look better and be present, all of the time. As a society, it has increased our narcissistic tendencies and driven us to compete with other people. What someone puts out on Instagram might look amazing, but in many cases they can be deeply insecure and unhappy with themselves. These platforms have become a constant force reminding people of what they lack, and this track is an uplifting reminder not to worry about what people think of you on the internet. You’re cool the way you are.
This message of positivity reflects the sunshine bright bounce of the track. Director and Editor Todd Stephen Logan has created a video that matches the sparkle and joy:
Wonderful life affirming stuff from a band that continues to shine brightly in the firmament. ‘All In Vain’ is out now through the legendary Wayne Connolly’s Scenic Drive Records and you can download and stream it here.
You can also catch the duo on tour:
FRI 12 NOV | THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY (MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE)
SAT 20 NOV | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY
SAT 18 DEC | VIC ON THE PARK, SYDNEY
SUN 16 JAN | LA LA LA’S, WOOLLONGONG