While his stage name sounds like a tag that may appear at the bottom of an article in Cosmopolitan, singer-songwriter, and producer Dan Vidmar is anything but shy. His debut album Salt is full of the same intimacy and seduction as his 2013 EP Timeshare, but with noticeably more confidence in his vocal abilities. This is immediately made clear, giving listeners a hint of what’s to come, with the melodious humming on ‘Intro’ and later, on full view, with a wailing falsetto that brings ‘I Am Only A Man’ to a fantastic finish.
A mixture of Pop, R&B, and Electronic, this album has something for everybody. Songs like ‘Trivial Motion’ and ‘Say You Will’ have distinct pop influences. While both songs are catchy and just the right amount of fun, they aren’t anything spectacular that we haven’t heard from the genre before. On the other hand, ‘What If I Can’ is an energetic mix of electronic and R&B with sultry lyrics on top. However, Vidmar also knows how to slow it down with songs like ‘Time (Hell Won’t Wait for Us)‘ and ‘You Like The Pain Too’. The former is a somewhat nihilistic song that focuses on the theme of time and its fleeting nature, while the latter is an earnest love song about the ways we hurt one another to keep our dying relationships alive.
As for debuts, Salt is pretty solid. Of course, there could be some improvements. At least two of the ten songs, while not bad to listen to, are repetitive and the album doesn’t seem to climax at any point. However, the beautiful piano verses, dramatic synths, moody atmosphere, and Shy Girls’ delivery creates a comprehensive 33-minute album that sounds more like a long poem that can be listened to over and over. It’s an honest and revealing piece of art that’s indicative of a promising future for Shy Girls.
Listen to it for yourself on Spotify.