Yodeling Goodbye is the first full-length album by Norman Salant as a singer/songwriter. Before the writing and recording of Yodeling Goodbye Salant was a member of a successful experimental sax-pop band.
Focusing more on non-commercial projects afterward, Salant’s career finally took a turn in the direction of being a singer/songwriter. Looking to make music with a focus on the words, the first release of his work, Yodeling Goodbye, was released in April of 2018.
The album is layered heavily from start to finish. Guitars, keyboards, saxophones, organs, bass, drums, violins, cellos, pianos and vocals weave in and out of the duration of the album to create an atmospheric tone that cultivates an ideal listening experience.
The warm and wet tones of the instruments, as well as their placement in the mix of each of the songs shapes the backdrop of each song for the lyrics to be showcased. Dreamy musings, and polished harmonies instill a sense of awe, as well as entertainment, for the listener.
I really enjoyed listening to this album. While it hasn’t yet, it will be making its way into heavy rotation of my listening habits. Yodeling Goodbye is an honest effort. That’s what makes the album so enjoyable for me. It’s relatable, it’s ugly, it’s beautiful, it’s light-hearted, it’s heavy, it’s soulful and it’s reflective.
There’s something comforting about the way that the energy of the album flows. It’s relaxing, but not sleepy. There are parts that are exciting, but not jolting. The pace and angle of attack can change, but the change is never unfitting. It’s a great album for a late night alone with your thoughts. I’d recommend this album to anyone looking for a deep listen.
The lyrics from beginning to end have the power to dominate wandering thoughts. I don’t want to give specific examples; the fun part is finding the parts that are only important to you. Find time to get comfortable and take a focused listen to Yodeling Goodbye to feel the full spectrum of how powerful it can be.
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