Lindsay Olsen, aka Salami Rose Joe Louis, has revealed details of new album, Akousmatikous, out on May 19, 2023 via Brainfeeder. Singles, “Akousmatikous (feat. Soccer 96)” and “Propaganda (feat. Brijean)” are out now, with a corresponding video directed by Carlos López Estrada for the title track.
A concept album, Akousmatikous thematically follows Zdenka 2080 (2019) and Chapters of Zdenka (2020), which speak of a dystopian Earth ravaged by climate change.
The title track’s animated video directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Carlos López Estrada (Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, Thundercat). It arrives alongside “Propaganda,” a danceable partnership with Brijean.
Olsen speaks of working alongside Estrada:
It has been a true honor to collaborate with the incredible director Carlos Lopez Estrada. We had a lovely conversation about magical realism and technology, sci-fi and art. I deeply admire his ideas and it has been so magical to collaborate. I am such a visual person, but only know how to express through sound. I love the way that Carlos and Basa studios made their own interpretation and storytelling with the song and brought a whole world to life.
The album’s sonic elements relate to words like “punk, sci-fi, rock, jazz, and cosmic”.
Olsen explains approach:
I am enamored with the concept of listening to a sound when we don’t know the source. The act of listening in this great expanse of the universe, for answers, for questions, or just for something undefinable that we seek.
As on previous releases, Olsen primarily worked alone to write, record, produce and mix this record on her Roland MV-8800 music workstation, but this time around, she also ventured out of her comfort zone to bring in some of her favorite musicians including: Soccer96, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Juuwah, Brijean, Sergio Machado Plim, Danalogue, Jason Lindner, Dakim, and Dan Nicholls.
Olsen will bring Akousmatikous on the road for a number of West Coast dates, with support from Sandra Lawson-Ndu.
Salami Rose Joe Louis live dates
May 20 — Blue Room, Bellingham, WA*
May 21 — Madame Lou’s – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA*
May 23 — Holocene, Portland, OR*
May 25 — Little Saint, Healdsburg, CA*
May 26 — Bandcamp, Oakland, CA*
May 27 — San Jose Jazz Fest, San Jose, CA*
May 28 — Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA*
May 30 — The Loft, San Diego, CA*
June 1 — Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NYC*
June 8 — Bemis Center, Omaha, NE
* with support from Sandra Lawson-Ndu