“I don’t think I see myself as a political artist, I see myself as an emotional artist,” Salami said. “I think that’s what’s missing. There’s not enough people who are really, really emotionally affected to the point where it could come out in their work. They’re emotionally affected in a way that they can’t process it … to be able to make art out of it … There’s just so much nuance to issues.”
L.ASalami’s newest album, “The City Of Bootmakers,” edges slightly out of the folk territory and more into rock, with flourishes of organ coloring the soundscape, and peppy beats giving a buoyancy to his garrulous lines. Because of, or quite possibly in spite of, the kaleidoscope of these songs, Salami advises listeners to take on the new record with space to find their clarity, or just enjoy them.
“I think people should listen to my music as they’re lying down to go to bed, it probably should be headphones,” Salami said. “But if you don’t wanna risk ear damage, listen to it on the stereo I guess.”