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Salmo, between underground attitude and mainstream breath

Salmo, between underground attitude and mainstream breath

At this time Psalm is busy touring with Noyz Narcosthe two present the joint album live “Cvlt” (laws here is the review) published in November 2023. Today Maurizio Pisciottuthis is the real name of Psalmturns 40. The musician from Olbia has released six albums under his name, the latest of which “Flop”released in 2021.

He introduced it to his fans on social media: “FLOP was born in March 2020, the result of lockdown and a global pandemic. The first song I wrote was “A Dio”. At that moment I felt completely destabilized, like everyone else. They canceled the world tour because of the pandemic and as if that wasn’t enough, the relationship with my ex ended shortly after. I sank into a black hole and I’m not ashamed to say that I had to take a course of psychotropic drugs to recover.” Below is our review of.“Flop”.

Salmo’s sixth album is musically his most complete project. It brings back some aggressive rock and stomping sounds from his early days, it doesn’t give up with some strong forays into pop as already happened in 2018’s “Playlist”, but it is also able to push the musical boundaries of the Sardinian rapper , who in “Flop” does not give up on testing himself. He does it on productions that have been studied in detail, several of which have been personally composed. Some are softer and more seductive, others have the effect of an amphibian crushing a pair of slippers. Salmo moves in constant balance between these worlds: for some it may seem like a compromise and disappoints expectations, but in reality the mix between underground attitude and mainstream breath has now become the rapper’s figure of speech, the one that brought him to real success brought. After all, he also says it in the title track: “It’s ok, I’m a sellout, it’s ok, who cares”. He doesn’t care about criticism and continues on his way.

Within “Flop” you will find all of Salmo’s musical and writing codes, as well as some unexpected ideas.

He is accompanied by four heroes: Noyz Narcos, Marracash, Gué Pequeno and Shari. The first three, pillars of Italian rap, do not disappoint and produce powerful and suggestive bars, especially Noyz, while the young singer, known for her collaboration with Benji and Fede in the song “Sale”, is the perfect voice for a tear-jerking song. “Flop” is not a full-fledged concept, but it has some recurring themes that still make it a huge project whose songs are in many cases linked to each other: success, religion, love and mental health, put to the test in the most difficult period of the pandemic. The cover is inspired by Alexandre Cabanel’s 1868 work “The Fallen Angel”.

Salmo explores in different situations the dark sides of a continuous race to the top that overturns and rots lives and poisons the true spirit that drives one, especially at the beginning of one’s career, to make music. A metamorphosis that, if not tamed and understood, can lead to madness and destabilization. At times he addresses the issue with his usual irony, at others with a painful awareness that provocatively leads him to accept disappointments, to take into account the ‘Flop’, without worrying about the attacks. In the sketch ‘Vivo’, a monologue by the Roman actor Josafat Vagni, this concept is explained with sentences that clearly state how much more success makes ‘when it falls’. In a society where we always have to ‘perform’ and be at the top, Salmo seems to claim the ‘right to make mistakes’.

The album opens with two songs that mark the ‘return of Salmon’ on the track: ‘Antipatico’, featuring social criticism of children’s obsession with guns, and ‘Mi sento bene’, produced by Andry The Hitmaker, in which the rapper begins to show the chains he feels on his body at certain times.

“Criminale” is a rock-sounding piece in which Salmo plays with his voice and, grabbing the machete, tears the scene to shreds, taking aim at the treatment reserved for live music during Covid: “Now they’re all criminals, but nobody cares about music anymore. We’ve become the background of a podcast, a ballet for TikTok. It’s like watching a movie without a soundtrack”. “Ghigliottina” with Noyz is an “old-fashioned” rap piece without filters and compromises, while “In trappola” and “La chiave” with Marracash are songs that speak to each other because they approach fame and its effects from different perspectives. In the second, Salmo is the protagonist of a more pop choir, which takes him out of his rapcore comfort zone. He puts his voice before everything.

“Kumite”, produced by Takagi & Ketra, comes like a bolt from the blue: a love song with Latin hues that will leave long-time fans stunned. “Che ne so” sees the return of aggression and irreverence, while “Yhwh”, a track featuring Gué, favours sonic experiments. “Hellvisback 2” and “A Dio” rush down the path of rock, which in the first case almost seems to want to evoke Chuck Berry, while in the second a certain acoustic blues goes well with a text populated by saints and bandits (Alex Britti plays guitar: the Roman musician, with whom Salmo already duetted in the single ‘Brittiish’, is also credited as co-author of the track). “Fuori di testa” (inspired by Par-T-One’s “I’m So Crazy”) is the most daring, jumping and pogo-y psalm, paving the way for “Marla”, a jazzy love song, and the sweeter and more pop “L’angelo caduta”. The album closes with the title track, a song steeped in rock and electronica, and the fun “Aldo ritmo”.