SOMETHING GETTING WRONG - Michael de Salem
Musicwatch on Borderland Review says:
"The album that grabs me from the first note is a rare thing but that is what Something Getting Wrong by multi-instrumentalist Michael de Salem did when I first slotted it into the CD player. Described as an ambient electronic soundtrack in the press notes, and I can't fault that comparison. It does feel like a movie as yet unfilmed - there is a timelessness to the music, and a spaciousness to the soundscape. Indeed, the opening track, Metropolitan, with its broodingly funky theme ought to be fronting some CSI-type TV series - Isaac Hayes would have loved it. Michael de Salem wrote all the music and performed it, save for the cello of Ann Nina, and has created a near orchestral big sound that is very impressive. The album doesn't strike me as being overly ambient in the Brian Eno sense of the definition, but it so vividly paints a soundscape across the stage of ones' loudspeakers. It reminds me a little of the type of sound and style that David Arnold utilises for his movie soundtracks. Having said that, this album should also appeal to rock and soul audiences, and the jazz crowd too. The musical language is just so rich and enveloping, the nine tracks spread outward without being rushed. The track titles are: Metropolitan, Sentimental Steps, Lost But Not Afraid, Emergency Talking, Tribal Interlude, Remind, Something Getting Wrong, Higher, and Not An End. To sum up: Something Getting Wrong is one of the best albums I have heard in a long time and is most highly recommended - one of my albums of the year so far - and Michael de Salem is an impressively talented musician. Buy this!"
De Salem took a very unique approach when composing his music by combining musical expressions of life experience with his extensive knowledge of natural science. He explains,” Every sound in my compositions is chosen to dance with the other, identical to the way elements inherently come together to compose matter.”
Something Getting Wrong combines a unique musical articulation of Michael’s perspective on the disharmony that plagues our planet, coupled with his advocacy for human and environmental rights. Michael composed and produced the album and develops the sound on guitar, keyboard, piano and drums. He hopes his music will gift the imagination with a contemplative melodic platform to awaken deeply rooted memories and emotions while opening the mind to freedom of expression. Something Getting Wrong truly evokes the curiosity of the listener with an alluring ambient electronic soundtrack accompanied by the haunting melodies of a cello.
Michael says, “Something Getting Wrong is a musical reflection on how I have come to perceive the world over the past 25 years. I intend for my music to make people consciously aware of certain unpleasant and pleasant incidents occurring amongst humanity by building my music around particular events that have evoked my attention.”