“The album is a pure adrenaline shot of pumped up beats as vibrant as a high definition rainbow after an electrical storm. It’s a hi-nrg voyage from the shores of Madonna to the temples of Fatboy Slim via the electroclash of Felix Da Housecat” – The Devil Has The Best Tuna
“Salme Dahlstrom is into electronic pop goodness. Over the top, but never losing her footing, her album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade is a good time party album that should be played really fucking loud…” – Here Comes The Flood
“This is a name that I’m sure will be on the lips of the masses in the not too distant future. Salme excels at purveying great, energetic electronic pop with a very distinct nod to Fatboy Slim and his ilk” – Nightwaves
Salme Dahlstrom sure knows how to make an entrance. Her album The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade is a “no excuses”, in-your-face pop-electronica explosion of four-minute adrenaline rushes that fuse pumping break beats with catchy pop melodies - a musical collision course that vibrates through the soul, lifts the spirit and will have you cruising in the fast lane.
Waist deep in potential singles, the album is 100% a one-woman show. Self-written and self-produced, Dahlstrom wrote and recorded the entire album in her studio in New York City. A hands-on producer, Dahlstrom does all her own programming, editing and mixing. While she invited a couple of friends to perform on a few of the tracks she played most of the instruments herself as well.
“My idea was to write catchy pop songs with big hooks and dress them up in a cutting edge electronic production,” Dahlstrom says. “I love the sound of Fatboy Slim and The Crystal Method and artists like that and I wanted my songs to have the same excitement and edge production wise. But, as I am a musician and not a DJ, it was important to me to create my own samples rather than search through the old record bin to find them. I would record a slew of guitar riffs, bass lines, live drums, vocals, etc. and then cut them up, re-sample, filter and tweak the crap out them. I then used those samples to build the production.
With titles like “Superstar Car Crash” (MP3) and “G.L.S.” (stands for “God Likes Sex”) the album’s sole purpose is to entertain.
“I take music very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously, Dahlstrom says. I am here to have a good time. To me music is about entertainment, nothing else. The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade is meant to be an hour’s escape from the day-to-day. It’s got great sing-a-long choruses and fun, tongue in cheek lyrics with attitude that’ll put a smile on your face.”
Born in the countryside of Sweden, Dahlstrom began studying classical music at the age of four. She spent her teenage years writing songs and performing with local bands. Dahlstrom’s professional career began when she signed a publishing deal with EMI. Dahlstrom spent countless hours in the EMI studio learning the craft of producing and experimenting with different genres of music.
Dahlstrom traveled to the US in 1999 where she soon sparked a buzz in the music scene leading the NYC underground band aboyandagirl. With Dahlstrom center stage, an aboyandagirl show delivered live music with a passionand energy that matched the best. Within a year of its creation, aboyandagirl were signed to RuffLife/Warner Records.
In 2003, Dahlstrom decided to go solo. While the music of aboyandagirl had been a little on the dark and trippy side, Dahlstrom wanted the new material to be up-tempo and uplifting. An EP version of The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade was released digitally in 2004 and another EP called Bible Bombastik (featuring songs such as “Hello California” and “Little Helper”) was released in 2006.
As part of the promotional campaign, Dahlstrom started licensing the tracks to various projects, with great success. Her name and music has helped promote global brands like Miller Lite, Subaru, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile and she has been featured in TV series such as One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars.
Recently, “Superstar Car Crash” (MP3) was featured on the latest season of Big Brother Australia where a whole episode was dedicated to the cast making a music video for it. The video is hilarious and a perfect match to Dahlstrom’s music. The video has become a YouTube classic and the song a favorite of the folks down under.
For the full-length release of The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade, Dahlstrom has combined the best songs from both EPs and also recorded a couple of new ones. New titles include “C’mon Y’All, “Bombastic” and “Wearing The Peace”.
The Acid Cowgirl Audio Trade Tracklisting:
Release Date: August 19th, 2008
03. Superstar Car Crash (MP3) | (VIDEO)
04. C'mon Y'All0
05. G.L.S. (‘08 Remix)
06. Hello California
07. Reality Check
08. Thinking About It... Baby (‘08 Remix)
09. Wearing The Peace
10. Little Helper
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“I’ve never heard such a stylish blend of disparate influences. What’s surprising is that it all just works. Hmm... suddenly ‘works’ sounds understated. It’s way better than chocolate, and it’s got attitude, too. I am honored to make the acquaintance of a trendsetter” – DJ Mot, Girls Rock Radio
“At 5’11” tall Dahlstrom’s size isn’t the only thing that’s bigger than most women artists, her hard driving, dance infused sound is as well. ‘Thinking About it... Baby’ is perfect for a Jerry Bruckheimer action flick!” – Unsigned Music Magazine
“Here’s an artist who doesn’t give a shit about following trends or rules. She does whatever the hell she feels like and doesn’t apologize for it. And the result is one of the most refreshing and innovative albums I’ve heard in a long time, maybe as far back as when Beck’s ‘Loser’ first came out” – Chris Ferrada, Radio Electronic
“Salme Dahlstrom’s ‘Hello California’ is crystalline, guilty-pleasure pop” – Jon Sobe, blogcritics.org
“The album is slickly stylized, with catchy hooks being the focal point. The music seems to be built up around the hooks as a way to compliment them, rather than stealing the spotlight (which is the problem with modern dance/R&B where all that matters is a monotonous bass thump.)” – Snob’s Music