Hotly-tipped UK-based alt-pop/electronic artist SALT ASHES (real name: Veiga Sanchez) released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Killing My Mind, via Radikal Records on November 5th. The album has arrived with the focus track “Body Says,” a pulsating anthem about owning your body and choices. An album that explores all of the relationships in her life, including hers with the patriarchy, on Killing My Mind, Salt Ashes crafts a fierce combination of slick yet gritty pop, carrying hard-hitting messages that both challenge and empower in equal measure. Speaking of the release, Veiga said: “It’s a journey through the last couple of years so it feels very personal and cathartic... I have to stop myself from crying occasionally as some of the subjects are still very raw. But I love that. It makes me know that I really wrote from the heart on this album.”
With Giorgio Moroder-inspired synthscapes, a pulsating four-to-the-floor beat, and Veiga's soaring vocals, the album’s focus track, “Body Says” is nothing short of epic. Speaking of the song, Veiga said: “I wrote this with my producer Louis [Souyave], which was a very enlightening experience as we wrote this from a female perspective. It was interesting to see how he understood the struggles women face on a night out without me even saying anything. I want this song to empower people but also just want to get down and fucking dance.”
The album was preceded by the singles “Too Many Times,” “Love, Love,” and most recently “Lucy,” which received a premiere from Wonderland magazine. Arriving with a Wes Anderson / Tarantino-inspired music video, self-directed by and starring Salt Ashes, the song speaks out against violence towards women. Whilst taking a tongue-in-cheek approach, the video also tackles the theme of the song head-on and illustrates a very real experience of Salt Ashes.
The album was co-written with Louis Souyave during the height of lockdown, a process that Veiga said “helped us get through all our anxieties we were having at the time”. She continues: “We pushed through though and are very proud of what we created. We took inspiration from some of our favorite '80s tracks and bands and had a lot of fun creating all the many sounds within the album.”
London-based, Brighton-born singer Salt Ashes burst into the dance music scene with her first full self-titled debut album in 2016, produced by the late Daniel Fridholm (a.k.a. Cruelty), which quickly gained popularity amongst music fans worldwide. She has since released a string of successful singles, with stamps of approval from tastemakers such as The Guardian, Billboard, MTV, Attitude Magazine, NOISEY, Popjustice, Wonderland and CLASH; with BBC Radio (Introducing, Radio 1 & 1Xtra) and Spotify (NMF UK & The Pop List) also showing their support. She has toured with artists such as Tove Styrke, Say Lou Lou, Nimmo, Bright Light Bright Light and '80s pop sensation Tiffany. Now, with the release of her second album, it’s clear to see Salt Ashes is on the verge of becoming a household name. Salt Ashes is Veiga Sanchez. Killing My Mind is now available on DSPs here: https://salt-ashes.lnk.to/killingmymin