Pin It
Favorite

'King Night,' Salem 

Like the soundtrack to a satanic crackhouse.

click to enlarge Salem
  • Salem

Salem is a mysterious entity. Its history and personality is as enigmatic as its music. There’s no disputing Salem is doing fascinatingly unique things: combining chopped and screwed hip-hop with classical choral music, washed over by heavy, gothic-industrial synths and cold ambience. King Night’s sixth track, “Trapdoor,” is perhaps the keystone of the entire album. It’s a slowed-down rap with a discomfiting accompaniment, making one feel in the grip of a bad acid-trip.

King Night traffics in that drugged-out aesthetic. It’s an album that opens the door to a kind of disturbing, alternate reality: like a soundtrack to a satanic crack house. Underneath, on top and all around the foulness and despair there is an aura of hopefulness and triumph ... even a little humor. Salem is a band that obviously loves to make music, and they’ve hit on something that appeals to both the viscera and the intellect.

DOWNLOAD: “Trapdoor”

WATCH:

Tags: ,

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Classic Gass
  • Classic Gass

    Armed with a new album, the Kyle Gass Band brings its blend of rock and humor to Spokane
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Wanna Rock?
  • Wanna Rock?

    A slew of '80s glam favorites come to Wreck The Halls of Spokane Arena
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • <b>Lit Up</b>
  • Lit Up

    The urge to photograph and record entire shows is more prevalent than ever, but is that a hindrance to the concertgoing experience?
    • Nov 23, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Planetarium Show: Black Holes

Planetarium Show: Black Holes @ Spokane Falls Community College

Sun., Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Leah Sottile

  • Imaginary Friends
  • Imaginary Friends

    The very real role that fantasy plays in our everyday lives
    • Aug 13, 2014
  • Expert Advice
  • Expert Advice

    Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners
    • Jul 9, 2014
  • In the Veginning
  • In the Veginning

    At the first Spokane VegFest, you'll get a bellyful, not an earful
    • Jun 18, 2014
  • More »

More by Jon Brown

Most Commented On

  • Wanna Rock?

    A slew of '80s glam favorites come to Wreck The Halls of Spokane Arena
    • Dec 1, 2016
  • Big Themes

    Disney's Moana is the empowering and fascinating tale we need right now
    • Nov 23, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Review


Readers also liked…

  • <b>Hey, Mr. DJ</b>
  • Hey, Mr. DJ

    Disc jockeys from local stations discuss the state of radio and where area musicians fit in
    • Jan 28, 2016
  • Here On Earth
  • Here On Earth

    Local existential rockers B Radicals on their new album, current events and why they're not exactly hippies
    • May 6, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation