Purveyor of rap, psychedelic folk, and sultry grooves, L.A. Salami has just revealed a new single and video for the ‘The Cage’, taken from the upcoming album The Cause of Doubt & a Reason to Have Faith, which is being released on July 17th.
Lookman’s new single ‘The Cage’ is a song about feeling like you’re going crazy, which for most of us is probably pretty relatable as we’ve been being trapped inside our own houses for the past 8-weeks! The video for the new single features Lookman and was made in lockdown by producers Ruff Mercy: “I suppose this video represents my tearing up of old dead plans and re-establishing who I am and what I am and what the world means to me in lieu of what it really is to itself in the universe where we are simply organism that reside on it. I fell in love with the Ruff Mercy collective and instantly thought that the style would suit the single version of the song.”
The new album The Cause of Doubt & A Reason To Have Faith sees Lookman explore new experimental ground, touching on a bit of everything from rap, psychedelic folk, and sultry grooves which venture into extended hypnotic jams. Lookman describes the inspiration behind his new album: “I love the deliberateness, cleanness and colour of modern music, but I also miss the complete chaos of old, like some Captain Beefheart and Velvet Underground records, or even 90s HipHop records with the peaking 808s and static compressed vocals al la Wu Tang, or blues records like Robert Johnson’s. Somewhere in there is the carnival I’ve been searching for. This entire album could very well be a love letter to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground.”
Lookman began writing poetry at a very early age, which then evolved into writing lyrics and he then self-taught himself the guitar aged 21. Fostered from birth, Lookman was periodically re-united with his birth mother from the age of 5, which he describes as being emotionally confusing, “I find it rears its ugly head consistently in my life, and music became one of the easiest ways to release that pressure valve every so often.”
L.A. Salami’s two albums to date, Dancing With Bad Grammar (2016) and The City of Bootmakers (2018), have seen the London-based artist present a singular vision. His evocative, poetic lyrics span everything from grand existential questions to vignettes of everyday life as well as the affairs and anxieties of modern Britain.