Salt Ashes is a Brighton based singer/songwriter with an electro- pop style, who emerged in 2011. Combining superbly crafted songs with emotional, energetic performances; she is certainly set to have a long career in the industry. She has been likened to Kate Bush, Florence and Ellie Goulding.
Her cover of Depeche Mode’s 1986 hit “Black Celebration” has been receiving a lot of attention. We gave it a listen:
Then a hungry scream flurries onto the scene – like an impending eagle – a fury of spur, talon and beak.
The song falters for a moment, the rhythm squints. And then it takes a couple of turns of the screw to move forward again. At this stage the full beauty of that cold, trembling voice greets you like a haw-freeze in a bitter morning.
The arrangements plushly expand to fill the sky with sharp corners and glittering images. The vocals cleverly squeak and tremble – almost like an animated sugar-mouse caught in a syrup trap.
It’s all very reminiscent of Shakespears Sister and Marcella Detroit. Simultaneously dark and sweet.
– © Neil_Mach June 2013 –
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