EP Review: Salsola's ‘An Ordinary Thrill’
If you’re like me then you’ll find the concept of ‘fantasy’ an interesting one, and one which changes its meaning almost every time you think about it.
Principally, the reason we fantasise can be broken down into two parts; either we fantasise about the things we want to run towards, or we fantasise about the things we want to run away from. What then of the times when the thing that we are fantasising about can make us want to both run towards and away from something at the same time. And in these situations what it is that we’re supposed to do?
Salsola’s debut EP, ‘An Ordinary Thrill’, asks interesting questions about the fantasy of relationships, suggesting that the fixation that comes with an initial thrill for somebody can be both beneficial and hazardous. What do you do when that a fantasy isn’t good for you?
Built around Peter Wrights emotive, light, guitar playing ‘An Ordinary Thrill’ asks ponders these questions about human relationships. Pop in style, the EP has an overall feeling of the more questioning moments of Kirsty McColl circa ‘New England’. Not quite folk, not quiet pop, yet wise beyond it’s years.
‘An Ordinary Thrill’ takes us across a range of, relationship-based, questions and pop textures. Upbeat with ‘Give Me Love’ and ‘Sleepwalkers’, whilst more gentle in other places (standout track ‘Midnight’ and ‘Dreamers’) this is an interesting EP showcasing well combined musicology with searching vocals and interesting narratives.
All In all, this debut, like the question of whether the fantasy of a thrilling relationship is useful, or useless, is a one we’ll come back to time and time again.