The Local 913: 66
Kirk Salopek has a lot of music inside of him just waiting to get out. While taking a break from his band Silencio, he found that the amount of music pouring out of him could fill a few albums. However, Salopek says, "Unfortunately, we live in an era where people aren’t listening to albums anymore so I wanted to group and release these songs in little batches – 3 song EPS, 4 song EPs." One of those batches of songs became a project called 66. Salopek says of the project's name, "66 is a recurring thing with me in terms of the number. Things in 6’s tend to show up with me all the time."
The sound is lush and hushed and big and small all the same time. Salopek adds that it’s definitely got a bit of a vintage vibe as well. "It’s sort of my homage to Roy Orbison and Peggy Lee," says Salopek, "A little bit of creepiness, little bit of prettiness, with a 1950s/early 60s vibe." Each of the four songs features a different female singer who wrote the lyrics and the melody. The song “This Distance,” for example, features Morgan Erina. "I was blown away," says Salopek, "I couldn’t believe what it sounded like."
He also doesn’t necessarily know the meaning behind the song, at least lyrically. "You know, I’m not really sure what the song is about because what I did was I gave her a fully formulated, written song and said, ‘Write what you think you need to write to this.’ She wrote lyrics and sang a melody and sent me back a sketch and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ I said, ‘It’s incredible, let’s track it.’" Erina’s voice fits the creepy/pretty dynamic perfectly, he adds, "Her voice is kind of hushed and like a whisper, but it’s huge at the same time which is really strange. That dynamic – she’s very quiet, but her quiet voice is larger than most other peoples’ voices."
Photo by Sarah Fern