Trouser Press Tuesday: SALEM 66

July 7, 2009

Salem 66 EP (Homestead) 1984
A Ripping Spin (Homestead) 1985
Frequency and Urgency (Homestead) 1986
Your Soul Is Mine, Fork It Over (Homestead) 1987
Natural Disasters, National Treasures (Homestead) 1988
Down the Primrose Path (Homestead) 1990

Led by two Massachusetts singer/songwriters, Salem 66 played generally delicate electric guitar music that embraced folk more than rock traditions. The trio’s six-song debut EP — produced by Neighborhoods guitarist David Minehan — has plenty of poetic ambience and some surprisingly complex arrangements, but consistent jangly-trebly sound makes it hard to stay engrossed, and occasional bum notes also interrupt the mood. Guitarist Judy Grunwald and bassist Beth Kaplan both sing, but their voices don’t harmonize all that well(…)

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