“The Fountain,” the scene-setting new single from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Saltiel, gently ushers the listener into an intoxicating haze of magical storytelling.
From an early age, Jared Saltiel wanted to be a fiction writer. But he got sidetracked by his affinity for music; a natural talent, he quickly picked up piano, drums, and guitar. As his singer-songwriter ambitions took shape, the college years were a time of poetic lyricism, angsty allegory and breezy pop-rock hooks. It wasn’t until he moved to New York in his twenties that the love of storytelling returned in full force, emerging in every facet of his music. As a songwriter, producer and arranger, Saltiel doesn’t just make records; he creates worlds, imbued with lush detail, and sculpted with authorial intent.
With Out of Clay, the second installment in a series of loosely-related concept albums, Saltiel delivers a collection of story-songs about love, idealization and disillusionment. The music draws from far-flung influences — the reconstructed classical aesthetics of Rufus Wainwright, the medieval flourishes of Joanna Newsom, the dense, jazz-inflected harmony of Brazilian pop’s golden era, and the spacey grandiosity of classic Britpop. Saltiel’s intricate classical guitar and expressive vocals are adorned by an elaborate tapestry of instrumentation, featuring strings, woodwinds, harp, mandolin, french horn and a trio of women’s voices.
A long-distance relationship informed the bulk of the songs on Out of Clay. “Something strange happens when two people spend too much time apart,” Saltiel explains. “Eventually you lose track of the real person you fell in love with, and you find yourself clinging to an ideal that you may have created.” Saltiel brings that idea to life with his imaginary storytelling, adapting mythical archetypes and his own dreams to uncover the unsettling truths of the psyche. Equal parts mystical seeker and musical auteur, Jared Saltiel is a devoted artist on a visionary path of his own making.
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Atwood Magazine has the exclusive premiere of the first single from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jared Saltiel.
The upcoming album from singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Jared Saltiel, Out Of Clay, is a lush garden of sculpted sounds and expansive themes drawing from mythology, divination, and mystical traditions.
The Owl Mag
"A moody, driving slice of orchestral indie folk featuring a gorgeous string arrangement." [11/24/2011]
"While you encounter the rather rampant blues that January has to offer, take some time today to let Jared Saltiel cure your sorrows." [1/22/18]
"There’s a depth and vividness to the Saltiel’s music which ensures that Out Of Clay intrigues from start to finish." [2/2/18]
"The new single (The Fountain) from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jared Saltiel, begins with a softly strummed guitar and Saltiel’s sweet falsetto, gently ushering the listener into an intoxicating haze of magical storytelling." [1/4/18]
Sjimon Gompers, Impose Magazine
"Aspects of contemporary baroque are arranged in sonata that sends forth a stirring & aspiring series of movements forward into a natural delivery of floodgate feelings that resonate like something witnessed from an off-Broadway performance." [1/12/18]
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