Ears Wide Open: Salt Petal


Going down a bold path similar to the sonically eclectic Fool’s Gold, Salt Petal seasons the exuberant indie-rock on its forthcoming EP with all manner of global influences. The L.A. quartet, whose members include Autumn Harrison (vocals/accordion), Rodrigo Gonzalez (guitar), Hiroo Nakano (drums) and Dayna Richards (trumpet), fuses Argentinian folk, Brazilian tropicalia, Cumbia and up-tempo rock with such flair you’ll feel like you’ve traveled the world listening to songs on “Tip of the Sunfish.” Their single “Songs I Used to Love” bids for summer pop anthem status, as its musical elements are as diverse as L.A.’s ethnic makeup. Then in tunes such as the “Por la Luna,” sung entirely in Spanish, butter-smooth vocals from Harrison drape scintillating percussion throughout for a seductive listen. Produced by Raymond Richards (Local Natives, Henry Clay People, among others) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Los Abandoned, Les Butcherettes), “Tip of the Sunfish” is due out on Sept. 17.

||| Download: “Por la Luna”

||| Stream: “Songs I Used to Love”:

||| Live: Salt Petal play Saturday as part of Echo Park Rising, Aug. 30 at House of Blues, Sept. 22 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex with Lila Downs and Oct. 14 at Pasadena Art Weekend.