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  • Rachael Bach

Review: "Summer" - Anna Salman

“Summer” by Anna Salman is pensive and sorrowful, reflecting on a past relationship while still maintaining some hope for the future. Salman walks us through the story of the relationship, creating vivid imagery with lyrics like “Slow hand on the steering wheel/Light a cigarette in the other” making me feel like I was experiencing it alongside her. She says “I heard it from a friend/That you found a new lover/So I spent all my days/Scheming to outrun her” which broke her heart. Despite dancing on her own now, she’s hopefully waiting for summer when everything is sunnier and brighter. Whether she means it literally or figuratively, perhaps both, I like that it’s up to the listeners discretion to decide. 

The production has a profoundly nostalgic sound, with what sounds like echoing droplets, subtle static, and gentle electric guitar strumming. After the first chorus, a slow drum beat adds depth to the song. It sounded like a mix of Lorde’s “Melodrama” and Phoebe Bridgers’ “Punisher.” The track gains soft intensity as it progresses, with strings coming into play during the bridge. I really liked that touch, making it sound more emotionally profound. When the strings stop before the end of the song, there’s a sense of emotional tension, letting the vocals shine. The subtle layered harmonies added to the emotional feel of the song by creating a melancholy tone, perfectly matching the feelings created by the lyrics.

Anna Salman, a Pakistani singer-songwriter, captivates audiences with her pop music characterized by introspective narratives and heartfelt melodies, drawing inspiration from themes of longing and reflection. Rising to prominence after a standout performance on Nescafe Basement with her rendition of John Newman's "Love Me Again," Salman's debut track "Middle Of Nowhere" showcased her exceptional songwriting, earning her a nomination for "The Best Emerging Talent" at the LUX Style Awards. With her dreamy voice and unflinchingly honest lyricism, Salman has carved a distinctive space in the Pakistani music scene, leaving an indelible mark on listeners with her poignant narratives and emotional depth.

Written By Rachael Bach



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