It’s Sunday and I usually don’t post on Sunday but I found a bit of time during this busy holiday season so here goes. I’m anything if not predictable so if there’s a new Salim Nourrallah record you can bet it’s going to make my “best of” repost series. His latest record Constellation was released in Germany which is really an affront to my National pride. Can’t we release music like this in the states first?! Here’s two songs off the new record plus a nice sampling of his earlier work.
I was first introduced to Salim Nourallah by way of his group Nourallah Brothers that he had with his brother Faris. Ever since hearing that record I’ve tried to keep up with the output from both brothers. But it’s become increasingly difficult as Salim’s records become harder to find and Faris’ recording output continues to slow. Take for instance Salim Nourallah’s new record Constellation (produced by Austin based singer-songwriter Billy Harvey). There’s no mention of it on his website (which actually hasn’t been updated since 2007). And only a cursory mention on his blog and is only widely available on the German label Tapate Records. The record, like other stuff from Salim, is very personal pop music. It deals with the struggles of his childhood, his feelings of alienation, and a little bit of his life in Texas (as an outsider).
I’m drawn to the song “Western Hills” as it’s a completely autobiographical tale of growing up with his dysfunctional family. Listen to the lyrics and enjoy the sumptious pop sounds Salim surrounds them with. Buy Constellation here from Dallas’ Good Records.
Western Hills (highly recommended)
P.S. Btw there’s an excellent YouTube video bio of Salim here.
P.P.S Whenever I do a Salim post I always link to his back catalog songs since they’re timeless and to encourage you to track down all of his solo records. They are a joy to behold.