The Local 913: 66

 
00:00

Kirk Salopek has a lot of music inside of him just waiting to get out. While taking a break from his band Silencio, he found that the amount of music pouring out of him could fill a few albums. However, Salopek says, "Unfortunately, we live in an era where people aren’t listening to albums anymore so I wanted to group and release these songs in little batches – 3 song EPS, 4 song EPs." One of those batches of songs became a project called 66. Salopek says of the project's name, "66 is a recurring thing with me in terms of the number. Things in 6’s tend to show up with me all the time."

The sound is lush and hushed and big and small all the same time. Salopek adds that it’s definitely got a bit of a vintage vibe as well. "It’s sort of my homage to Roy Orbison and Peggy Lee," says Salopek, "A little bit of creepiness, little bit of prettiness, with a 1950s/early 60s vibe." Each of the four songs features a different female singer who wrote the lyrics and the melody. The song “This Distance,” for example, features Morgan Erina. "I was blown away," says Salopek, "I couldn’t believe what it sounded like."

He also doesn’t necessarily know the meaning behind the song, at least lyrically. "You know, I’m not really sure what the song is about because what I did was I gave her a fully formulated, written song and said, ‘Write what you think you need to write to this.’  She wrote lyrics and sang a melody and sent me back a sketch and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ I said, ‘It’s incredible, let’s track it.’" Erina’s voice fits the creepy/pretty dynamic perfectly, he adds, "Her voice is kind of hushed and like a whisper, but it’s huge at the same time which is really strange. That dynamic – she’s very quiet, but her quiet voice is larger than most other peoples’ voices."

Photo by Sarah Fern

Local Music

Local 913, Episode 87: Emerson Jay

For the last few weeks of 2016, we’re revisiting WYEP’s Top 5 local releases of the year. This week we focus on #5 from Emerson Jay, who released their EP Louie in 2016.

The Local 913 Live: Winners of the 2016 Dos Equis Singer-Songwriter Contest

The winners of the Dos Equis Singer-Songwriter competition, Nathan Rosswog, Melody Molinaro & Aris Paul - perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on November 16, 2016.

Local 913, Episode 86: Bill Deasy

Bill Deasy returns with a solo album after a successful reunion with his band The Gathering Field in 2014.

Local 913, Episode 85: Sleep Experiements

The ambient dream-pop band Sleep Experiments began in 2008 as a project between friends who had previously been playing solo music

Local 913, Episode 84: Ben Shannon

Local singer/songwriter Ben Shannon’s beginnings actually did not start in in Pittsburgh

Local 913, Episode 83: The Commonheart

Clinton Clegg and Shawn McGregor, who were formerly in the band Back Stabbing Good People, formed a new band: The Commonheart.

The Local 913 Live: Emerson Jay

Emerson Jay perform at WYEP's Local Music Happy Hour on October 27, 2016.

Local 913, Episode 82: Brooke Annibale

In 2015 Pittsburgh singer songwriter Brooke Annibale released her fourth album, The Simple Fear. On the strength of her evocative and intimate songs and performance Annibale was named WYEP’s Local artist of the year. In 2016, four songs from the album were remixed by...

Local 913, Episode 81: Jakob's Ferry Stragglers

Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers are a high-energy string band music that take influence from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles that have been making the festival rounds for the last few years.

Local 913, Episode 80: Diego

Diego Byrnes, whose stage name is just Diego, grew up outside of Pittsburgh in Evansburg, PA, but his family has roots far beyond Western Pennsylvania.

Local 913, Episode 79: Grand Piano

Grand Piano have been a prominent member of the Pittsburgh music base since 2011.

Local 913, Episode 78: As Ladders

The Pittsburgh band As Ladders has been releasing a handful of songs over the course of the last year as a way to get their sound on tape. Frontman Mike Berginc talked about where they made their recordings:

Local 913, Episode 77: Avi Diamond

...

The Local 913 Live: The Buckle Downs

The Buckle Downs perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on September 15th, 2016.

Local 913, Episode 76: Ferdinand The Bull

Nick Snyder, front man for the Pittsburgh band Ferdinand The Bull, grew up being encouraged to play music:

Local 913, Episode 75: Dan Bubien

Aliquippa native Dan Bubien began writing songs after a high school sports injury left him laid up.

Local 913, Episode 74: Sol Persona

Originally from Saxonburg, PA, Karter Schachner, who records under the name “Sol Persona,” began his interest in music at a young age in school beginning with the trombone to joining a rock band in high school.

Local 913, Episode 73: Emerson Jay

The indie-electronic group, Emerson Jay,  just released their lastest EP LOUIE, which stands for Love Offers Understanding In Everything.

The Local 913 Live: As Ladders

As Ladders perform at WYEP's local music happy hour on August 19, 2016.

Local 913, Episode 72: The Black Six

Camden Leeds, front man for the rock band The Black Six, accidentally found himself in the city 19 years ago after attending the Art Institute in Pittsburgh.

Local 913, Episode 71: Bindley Hardware Co.

About a year ago, Pittsburgh native Jon Bindley formed the band Bindley Hardware Co. borrowing the name from some family history.

Local 913, Episode 70: Metacara

The electronic-duo, Metacara, made up of Kyla Sauber and Vince Nania originally were part of a different band.

Local 913, Episode 69: The Hang Lows

Pittsburgh’s The Hang Lows have performed and recorded a brand of 3rd-wave-ska for about six years.

The Local 913 Live: Gregg Welty

Gregg Welty performs at WYEP's local music happy hour on July 21st, 2016

...

Local 913, Episode 68: Moemaw Naedon

Rapper Moemaw Naedon, whose real name is Ryan, grew up in Butler County with two major interests: hip hop and everything Sci-Fi.

Pages