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Atlas B Salvesen – Smoke Signals – EP review

Atlas B Salvesen, originally from the USA and now based in Sydney, Australia has his debut EP – Smoke Signals set for release on the 21st November 2012.

Atlas B Salvesen

Atlas B Salvesen

The six track EP is a melancholic ride through relationships set in the framework of a documentary. Opening with When The Camera Starts to See a 30 second atmospheric spoken piece which sets out the sombre mood of the release.

Faith Will Leave You is an intriguing blend of folk/country and dramatic rock which lays out the landscape of introspective bitter-sweet reflective.

Fruit Juice heads back to the cinematographic sentiments as throughout the track there is the flicker of a film reel and the listener is left with the feeling that this piano led track is voyeuristically looking over the shoulder of the story-line.

The EP picks up pace in New Moon as Atlas Salvesen takes a more R&B paced sound to start to look at the relationship which is the central theme of the release.


Stage Lights at Angel Place briefly introduces the spectre of the disembodied voice of the longed for other half of the equation, with yet another rejection and the track is set up for another inward looking song. This is a finely balanced release, which keeps the listener engaged with the themed storyline and some carefully and well crafted music.

Closing with Smoke Signals Retire, the anxieties and confusion herald the story-teller disappearing in to a vortex of sadness and self-protection.

Smoke Signals is a superbly tempered tale of isolation and reluctant acceptance, best taken with a glass of oaked whisky and a warm glowing fire-place.

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