Salim Nourallah's stark confessional style is honest and thought-provoking on 'West' EP

Salim Nourallah

A couple of weeks ago Stars and Celebs reviewed artist, producer, Palo Santo Records co-founder, Dallas indie singer-songwriter Salim Nourallah’s North EP.  The EP is in the confessional singer-songwriter style inspired by such legends like John Lennon and Bob Dylan.

On June 29th, Nourallah released his West EP that follows in the same trajectory as his prior EP.  There is something just out of reach on West as Nourallah bares all in this startling EP.  Oftentimes on the bleak spectrum of subject matters, on the record, the innovative artist talks about pulling through the pain on “Moving Man,” barely making it on “Going Through The Motions,” and illuminating audiences with a different slant on life on “We Were Made To Fall Apart.”

The EP opens up with “Moving Man” that starts off on a melancholy riff of dissonance that could be detected as Nourallah sings somberly with traces of lush strings and with some sounds of the mandolin jumpstarting this song.  The track has a lulling feel to the song much like a lullaby.  The song reverberates with a raw solemnity as Nourallah sings with untold frankness, “I’m a moving man moving as fast as I can/Run away from all the heartache/Run away from the pain/Run away the sadness brooding in my brain, screwed in my brain.”  Chillingly about not being able to deal with the heartache or pain, this track is about burying his problems.

“Going Through The Motions” is a stripped down song with simply the acoustic guitar and some soaring synths and Nourallah’s vocals.  About dealing with the pain of heartbreak and barely making it but above all trying to keep their head above the water, like the clouds dispersing in the midst of rays of sunshine after the storm, the track picks up on the refrain, making for a more melodious and upbeat cadence.

On “We Were Made To Fall Apart,” the song pervades with honest lyrics, giving us an illuminating worldview, enlightening us with a unique perspective that picks apart the mundane details of life and imparts upon audiences a distinctive listening experience.

What Salim Nourallah is able to gift us is his range as an performer and as an enormous talent.  Nourallah forgoes the normal pop route, and infuses in on our impressions with undulating authenticity and honesty.  Resounding with discordant themes, Nourallah’s stark confessional style recalls his influences from John Lennon to Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.  With so much going for him, I look forward to what he as in store for audiences in the near future.

Be sure you have a listen today!

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My Nguyen

My Nguyen is an album reviewer from San Diego, CA. She regularly contributes to Her work has appeared in the following journals: Quietpoly, Community Voices, Espresso 1, The Whistling Fire, The Pedestal Magazine, The Straylight Magazine, Baby Lawn Literature, and Conceit Magazine.

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