Label: IAmSound
Genre: Pop
Online: Artist Website


Salem, the Traverse City/Chicago-based trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt, and Jack Donoghue have announced the worldwide release of their debut album King Night, out September 28th on IAMSOUND Records. Mixed by Dave Sardy, the album’s 11 tracks evoke certain elements of ethereal shoegaze, withdrawn Houston Screw, and production qualities akin to the frenetic delivery of contemporary Southern rap and Chicago footwork.

Following a series of limited edition 7” singles released throughout 2008 and 2009, the band’s notoriety transcended its esoteric online realm, garnering attention in The Fader, XLR8R, Blackbook, V Magazine and The New York Times, along with art luminaries such as Terence Koh.

Echoing the duality of the band’s urban and rural surroundings, King Night is at once menacing and serene. Projecting the dissonance of these themes with a scope that blurs many genres, Salem have created a zeitgeist capturing album with some of the most beautifully visceral music of our time.