Stream Salem’s First Album In 10 Years, Fires In Heaven

Stream Salem’s First Album In 10 Years, Fires In Heaven

Salem’s return is well-timed. The group most closely associated with the spooky and short-lived “witch house” subgenre has been off the radar for the better part of a decade, but just as their debut album King Night was reaching its 10th anniversary, Salem began trickling out new music. Now, a day before Halloween, they’ve released their long-awaited second LP, Fires In Heaven.

Remaining Salem members Jack Donoghue and John Holland started working on Fires In Heaven at a cabin in northern Michigan, and they recorded most of it at an old fishing camp on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast before finishing it up in LA with Shlohmo, aka Henry Laufer. Mike Dean, a veteran of syrupy Houston hip-hop production who has long since served as a sonic consigliere for Kanye West, mastered the album. In a New York Times interview today, the duo say the whole process spanned nearly five years, and that Shlohmo more or less coaxed the project into existence, welcoming Salem into his home studio to complete demos that had been scattered across many locations and devices. The producer describes his role as part cheerleader, part “spiritual guru.”

In just 30 minutes, Fires In Heaven fits in the advance singles “Capulets,” “Red River,” and “Starfall” plus eight more tracks. It continues to blur Southern rap, shoegaze, goth, found sound, and more into a uniquely haunting concoction. Check it out below.

Fires In Heaven is out now digitally. A vinyl release is coming in January and available for pre-order.

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