“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.”
JARED SALTIEL is a singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and theatrical composer based in Brooklyn, NY. As lead singer and songwriter of pop/rock band The Dirty Birds, he released his debut album How the Cause Became the Cure in 2009. An accomplished solo artist, he has gone on to release two more full-length albums, 2013’s The Light Within, and 2018’s Out of Clay, installments in an interconnected series of “magical realist” and mythological story-songs. As a producer and arranger, he has collaborated with Bell the Band, Charlene Kaye, Maryanna Sokol, Cassidy Andrews, and many others. And as the co-creator of satirical slasher-comedy musical South by South Death, and the composer of Amina Henry’s original play Hunter John & Jane, his theatrical work has been covered in the New York Times, The Village Voice, and TimeOut.
With his new EP One More Revelation, Saltiel combines classic folk-rock aesthetics with a contemporary lyrical wit, casting off the weight of self-imposed narrative structure to record these deceptively simple songs about complex subjects. Due out November 16, 2018.