Release Date: Jul 9, 2013
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
Salvia Plath used to be Run DMT. Same guy (Michael Collins) running the show, but with a different sound. Where Run DMT was lo-fi and took weird chances that sometimes obscured the inherent melodic quality in the songs, Salvia Plath is more considered and hazily psychedelic in a way that helps the songs sink deeply into the listener's consciousness.
Baltimore’s Michael Collins made music as Run DMT until 2012, when an aggressive dubstep group using the same name threatened him with legal action. Now he’s Salvia Plath, a hybrid of The Bell Jar author Sylvia Plath and herbal high salvia. Like albums by other psychedelic dreamers Ariel Pink and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, ‘The Bardo Story’ sounds like a collection of rediscovered ’60s and ’70s gems uploaded to YouTube.
Michael Collins is a Baltimore musician with a fondness for making pun-happy drug references in the names he assumes for his recording projects. He had to give up his last moniker, Run DMT, to a dubstep crew of the same name, so now he's trying Salvia Plath on for size. The music is suited to a new name-- Collins has shed some of the chillwave tendencies that made Run DMT sink into a gauze-y morass of bands around the time of his Bong Voyage in 2009.
Let’s get this out of the way first. Salvia Plath, the recording moniker of Baltimore artist Michael Collins, is rather a silly band name. Run DMT, the name he previously used before the other Run DMT, a dubstep outfit, threatened him with a lawsuit, is also dumb. Run DMT’s recorded output included Bong Voyage, Get Ripped or Die Trying, and, most recently, Dreams.
Do you like drugs? Well, me too. So, sit down over there and take a rip of Baltimore’s Salvia Plath, the predictably psychedelic project from Michael Collins, former freight train hopper and occasional experimenter in mind-altering substances. With a barely chuckle-worthy moniker and a psych-folk sound that matches rather than subverts its name, Salvia Plath stands precariously at the border of self-parody – which is ultimately just where Collins wants to be.