Title - 'Jesus of Sad' [EP]
Artist - Salim Nourallah
For those not in the know, celebrated Texas singer/songwriter/producerSalim Nourallah has been releasing solo albums since 2003 with his seventh, the 21-song, double album, Somewhere South of Sane, having been released in the fall of 2018.
With some notable production credits including the Old 97’s, Deathray Davies, Rhett Miller, and The Damnwells, Nourallah has been recording and producing music from his Pleasantry Lane Studios in Dallas for as many years as he’s been making his own.
He’s also in a supergroup trio called NHD – Nourallah, Harvey, Dezen. The H in NHD, Billy Harvey, is another accomplished songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist cut from the same cloth as Mr. Lowe and Mr. Nourallah.
Indeed, Salim also enlisted Billy’s help last year to record the four songs that make up his forthcoming Jesus of Sad EP, due out February 7th, 2020 via Palo Santo Records.
1. 'Jesus of Sad'
2. 'Born with a Broken Heart'
3. 'This Doesn't Feel Like Peace, Love or Understanding'
5. 'Misanthrope' (piano version)
This tremendous, achingly poignant and highly observant new EP opens with the gently melodic hipsway of the title track (itself a wry nod to Nick Lowe’s debut record), with the tender finger-snappin' genial funk of 'Born with a Broken Heart' comes along next.
The mid-tempo, mid-'70s flashback cut 'This Doesn't Feel Like Peace, Love or Understanding' is my own personal stand out cut here. An energetic, yet controlled piece, it complete with some fuzzy guitar work it's, simply put, a musical gem of the highest order.
The album then comes to a close with two versions of the same some, 'Misanthrope.' Originally written with Rhett Miller, Salim's own version here still features a lot of his own personal experiences, it's just less alt-country now and more, well, as the second version is aptly subtitled, piano-based.
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Salim Nourallah tour dates (* denotes date with Rhett Miller)
Jan 31 – Dallas, TX / YAM
Feb 4 – Rochester, NY / Abilene Bar & Lounge*
Feb 5 – Toronto, ON / Horseshoe Tavern*
Feb 6 – Buffalo, NY / The 9th Ward*
Feb 7 – Shirley, MA / Bull Run*
Feb 8 – South Salem, NY / The Heights*
Feb 9 – Washington, DC / Black Cat*