Is This Where the Trouble Begins?

Salim and a guitar

Its been three years since Skeleton Closet, the last full length solo album by Dallas singer-songwriter Salim Nourallah.  On September 28, Mr. Nourallah will release Somewhere South of Sane, perhaps his most ambitious release to date.  It’s a double album spanning the length of twenty-one tracks.  The overall tone of the album falls somewhere between bittersweet and full on melancholy.  As for the arrangement, it’s easily the least orchestrated album he’s put out to date.  Consider it his equivalent to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, albeit far longer in total length.

For as quiet as the majority of Somewhere South of Sane is, there is one noisy oasis in the barren desert of sound.  That oasis begins approximately one minute and 24 seconds into “Is This Where the Trouble Begins?”  The track is a standout on the album not only for the sonic change of pace, but the acidic tone in his voice.  His harsh vocal screaming gives this track a sense of urgency and unease.

“Is This Where the Trouble Begins?” was the final track to be completed for the album.  It was a song that Salim worried might be “too dark” for listeners, adding that he doubted that listeners would be able to enjoy the way he “shredded [his] vocal chords” at the end of the track. He opted to include the track on his new album, stating it was a “perfect inclusion” for Somewhere South of Sane because it “tied nicely into the ‘mental chatter/struggle to be present’ theme of this record.”

The Ghost is honored to get the privilege of debuting “Is This Where the Trouble Begins?”, and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to absorb every line and scream in this song.

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