Knight Night - I Am Sound
FILTER Grade: 86%
By Kendah El-Ali on September 8, 2010
Quell any impulses upon a first listen to write Salem off as disorganized, dark noise. True, it’s almost senselessly spacious to the virgin ear, and with the combination of Karin Dreijer-Andersson-esque vocal distortions, heaps of static, and track names like “Release Da Boar,” it’s a little too easy to roll your eyes at what appears to be yet another bucket of self-indulgent bullshit. But if you can give the album time to grow, Knight Night suddenly becomes a ticket to the nether regions of a soothing hell, wicked as it is comforting, disorientating as it is pacifying. Of course, releasing on 7-inches helps, but Salem stirs up the ghosts of Various Production past. With less vocals, more warp and looser production, it’s a witchier, Midwestern answer to its London, dub-driven predecessors.