The Full Salon is from the mind of composer and bassist Henry Fraser. On this record, he is accompanied by Mel Stancato on vocals, Evan Allen on synthesizers, Andrew Smiley on guitar, Peter Moffet on drums, & Connor Baker on electronic drums. Brandon Seabrook plays guitar on tracks 2 & 6, Sam Weinberg on Alto Sax on tracks 4, 6, and 7 and Kim Mayo on background vocals on track 3, all mixed together by Ryan Power, yes the Ryan Power.
But now I am just writing about the first track on the album, the second single in the lead up to this record’s May 1st release, put out by Jonathan Nankof’s label Erased! Tapes.
Following suit with Erased! Tapes’ previous releases, this is a lo-fi darling to prove the genre still has legs in tattered skinny jeans and torn-up vans.
I ran down the cast of characters because this ain’t your bedroom lo-fi music and Henry Fraser’s legs ain’t the only legs in tattered jeans and torn up vans. It is as, The Full Salon’s bandcamp page states, “…these long standing relationships, musical and otherwise … have fostered the vulnerability required for this kind of experimentation.”
The sound is remarkably full, unsure yet warm, with very little left to be desired. Well the only thing I am desiring at the moment is the chance to listen to the rest of the record. We’ll all have to wait until then.
So keep your eyes peeled for The Salon’s debut self-titled record being released in the beginning of May and always remember to support your (local) musicians and BUY their products, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chris Hues is a human & writer from Boston, Ma & Associate Editor of bostonhassle.com. //// They can be reached at [email protected] or @crsjh_ via instagram & twitter.