“Immediately arresting and majestically moving, a poignant piece that requires patience, demanding listeners’ attention and, more importantly, cognition.”
“Whether on the sweeping orchestration of 'The Gift' or the theatrical crescendo at the end of 'Wayward Queen,' Saltiel has a knack of amplifying his tales through composition. ‘Theatrical’ is a term that could be extended to much of the album. Little flourishes abound, resembling the work of Rufus Wainwright.”
“Brooklyn artist Jared Saltiel shared the slow burning & ascending single ‘Wayward Queen’ that moves singer-songwriter pop upwards toward towering heights with an elaborate outlay of strings & sentiments.”
“If not initially the story within ‘The Fountain,’ the sheer amount of creativity and collaboration that went into the track and of course, the rest of the album, is more than enough to pique the interest of people across the spectrum of musical participation and stylistic preference: Composers, singers, instrumentalists, arrangers, engineers, band and choral directors, and heck, even playwrights and visual artists. This is just one song but it’s one song that is setting listeners up for a vast journey; one that is sure to intrigue from all sides, get people hooked, and anticipating the arrival of the next installment of Saltiel’s songwriting saga.”
“A lovely combination of harps and harmonies sure to lift you off your feet”
“Opening with the beautiful simplicity of a strummed acoustic guitar and Saltiel’s gentle voice, the song (“Wayward Queen”) soon begins to incorporate strings and electric guitar, but they’re not used to hammer home some blunt sentimentality. He’s far more nuanced in his application of these cresting sounds.”
“Satisfying chord changes and flowing vocals resolve to leave us with a newfound hope, and a readiness to tackle the obstacle of love.”
"Most of the songs on this album grapple with similar themes of idealization and fantasy, essentially illustrating various male complexes of otherizing the feminine: the princess in the tower, the perfect, objectified feminine form on a pedestal, the mysterious life-giving goddess, the malevolent, powerful witch, and so on. But I didn’t explore these ideas from a moralizing, authorial perch, and I didn’t take on the task of writing newer, better stories, I just captured the experience of engaging with the myths as they surfaced in my own life. In a way the album is quite self-incriminating, documenting my own participation in these dynamics, and working through the suffering that they cause. But there’s also an implication that the stories don’t belong to me, they’re the inherited myths of a misogynistic culture."
JARED SALTIEL is a singer-songwriter, producer, and composer based in Brooklyn. Born in New York City, his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he grew up writing fiction and studying jazz, soaking up the diverse arts culture surrounding the University of Michigan. Shortly after releasing his debut album as the lead singer and songwriter of rock-pop band The Dirty Birds, he moved back to New York to pursue music. Saltiel has since released another full-length album (The Light Within), toured the US and Europe, and produced a number of artists, hopping between guitar, keyboards, drums, and orchestral arranging (Bell the Band, Cassidy Andrews, Lee Reit, Jason Saltiel). After discovering a passion for narrative songwriting, Jared teamed up with musical theater composer and childhood friend Toby Singer to co-write South by South Death, a satirical slasher-comedy musical which debuted in August 2016 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
With Out of Clay, the second installment in a series of loosely-related concept albums, Saltiel delivers a collection of story-songs about love, idealization and disillusionment. Saltiel’s intricate classical guitar and expressive vocals are adorned by an elaborate tapestry of instrumentation, featuring strings, woodwinds, harp, mandolin, french horn and a trio of women’s voices.