Nashaat Salman Lives It Up On New EP Live It All My Way
Nashaat Salman’s Live it All My Way EP is refreshingly atypical for a sundry of reasons. For starters, it’s got cogent artwork of just another seemingly average suit standing up and asserting himself by busting out of his sportcoat in what looks like a conventionally boring corporate meeting, judging by the reaction of the other suits watching.
The product is also curiously abbreviated, even for Extended Players. There are only three tracks, all of which are titular, including one that’s a shortened version of the main one, which itself is under four minutes. The final cut is a karaoke version or instrumental, which is much needed due to the production efforts of Salman.
But first, there’s the rather unusual vocal stylings of John Lee Sanders, who brings the tune to life with a couple of verses and a memorable hook. Sanders doesn’t sing so much as he grumbles during the best parts of his efforts, which certainly stand out for his unique phrasing. At other times he lambastes you with the chorus, making no mistakes about his choice to do things as he sees fit.
All in all, however, it’s Salman who comes out as the clearest winner with his sparkling pianos and teeming keyboard work. Whereas the former is like the rushing currents of a rivulet, the latter descends about you like a waterfall. Chromatic, mellifluous, and multifaceted, this pleasing sound is considerably enhanced by Salman’s deft touch on the keys. As a lead it works wonders, while the piano moves with a vibrancy that almost belies a need for vocals.
The producer also hits you with a number of rapid transitions during what seems like a period in which the song is trying to find its niche. The introduction segues from a cappella piano (a sterling experience) to the rhythms of an almost offbeat drum pattern in which the snare purposefully hits late a couple times—but Salman’s only building momentum. The pair swiftly takes up with a prominent bass line, the lead, and then Sanders’ singing.
It all culminates is an energetic proclamation of individuality, both musically and lyrically, that’s certainly needed to eschew the tide of formulaic pop currently dominating playlists, which is as atypical as things get.