New York-based singer-songwriter Jared Saltiel synthesizes his eclectic inspirations into one unforgettable songwriting voice. With his latest series of EPs, he combines the mysterious narratives of mid-seventies Dylan with the musical adventurism of Caetano Veloso, displaying a flair for dark, orchestral arrangements and magical storytelling.
Jared studied jazz drums while writing Beatles-inflected pop/rock songs on guitar in his teens. Ever the cultural cannibal, he spent a year studying Spanish in Chile, then picked up Portuguese to sing his favorite 60s and 70s MPB songs. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, he’s collaborated with pop singer-songwriter Charlene Kaye, brother Jason Saltiel, and Brooklyn’s avant-garde punk band Cesspool. And as lead singer and songwriter of the Dirty Birds, he released How the Cause Became the Cure in 2009, a debut album which “molds together all sorts of genres — including jazz, pop, folk and rock — into a wonderfully rich sound, deeply layered but simultaneously subtle” (The Michigan Daily).
“‘The Problem’ is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Jared Saltiel’s latest single and the cinematic sound – a dark, poetic tale of family strife with a driving beat and a remarkable string arrangement – now has a proper cinematic visual to accompany it. The video is a collaboration between Jared and his filmmaker brother, Jason Saltiel, based on the relationship between a depressed teenager and his emotionally remote parents…Contrasting the natural world with a surreal artificial reality, it’s a beautiful and masterfully shot nod to the alternative music videos of the early 90’s.”
- Greg Brown, Tuneage
“…imagine our surprise when we heard his new single “The Problem”–a moody, driving slice of orchestral indie folk featuring a gorgeous string arrangement. Jared teamed up with his brother, film director Jason Saltiel, to create a stunning music video exploring the themes of family and alienation.”
- Kiri Oliver, Owl Mag
“How the Cause Became the Cure meanders between toe-tapping, high-energy tunes and melodic, crooning orchestral numbers…However strictly midwestern The Dirty Birds’ beginnings may be, their music molds together all sorts of genres — including jazz, pop, folk and rock — into a wonderfully rich sound, deeply layered but simultaneously subtle…Intricate and delicate guitar and keyboard melodies deftly intertwine with the string orchestration, then suddenly erupt into heart-wrenching and soulful crescendos. Such explosions are always expertly placed — the band lures listeners into a state of anticipation and flips the switch at the optimal moment to release a great deal of musical tension…The album not only flourishes in production quality, but also in lyrical and musical terms — by blending so many genres, the album becomes virtually genre-less.”
- Leah Burgin, The Michigan Daily
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