In the opening seconds of Love and Entropy, Lisa Salvo‘s voice drifts past the preceding trumpets, ambling and sweet. Salvo reminds me a more folk orientated Blasko or Seltmann, parking her next to these bright stars is no exaggeration, Salvo’s is plainly drenched in talent.
Love and Entropy is Lisa Salvo’s first release, an eclectic EP that displays her delicate songwriting and lyrical intricacies. The opening track, ‘Seven Weeks’ recounts a tricky dance of lust and reluctance. One of the things I really love about this track is the subtle additions of brass. Salvo isn’t trying to create a niche sound here, she’s just balancing voice and guitar, exceedingly well. ‘Time and Chance’ is the more bohemian sister to the aforementioned, with quirkier vocals and some cool affects on the percussion that add a real drawn out spatial sound to the track.
‘Crumbling To Pieces’ is a stand out, a capella, it’s as if Salvo is pleading directly to the listener. Intimate and beautiufly unrefined, Salvo’s best work is in her blatant honesty. In ‘Downhill From Here’ Salvo remarks “You can say that I’m depressing, But I only tell the truth“. The thing is, this EP is really moving, if your after a track that’s going to get you up and in the mood, it’s not the wisest choice, but if you feel something that’s going to make you pause and think on some of the more melancholic moments in our lives, this is the best company.
Lisa Salvo is playing:
June 6th at Dexter, Clifton Hill, w/ Matt Kenneally
June 22nd at Monkey Bar, North Fitzroy w/ Ida Duelund Hansen