Release Date: Aug 30, 2019
Record label: Brainfeeder
Bay area producer/synth wielder Lindsay Olsen's work as a planetary scientist may have informed the spacy nature of her solo project Salami Rose Joe Louis, but with Zdenka 2080, the celestial pop of earlier albums unfolds into a larger chronicle of sci-fi themes and whimsical electronic delights. Over the course of 22 wobbly miniatures, the album loosely tells the story of a dystopian future where the earth has been ravaged by the consequences of corporate greed. Olsen originally drafted the somewhat bleak tale on paper before translating it into music, and the final 22 pieces of Zdenka 2080 were whittled down from over 200 song sketches.
If you hadn't guessed it from her stage name, Salami Rose Joe Louis isn't your ordinary, straight-laced kind of woman. She seems to live her life on a slant; a different angle from the rest of us, which brings a unique perspective to her music and story-telling. A sweetened, hazy mellow encompasses every note she touches. Is it something she's smoking? Well, sort of, as she explains: "I live in a very strange and sleepy little town.