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Summer Salt’s ‘Campanita’ Is A Tribute To Love, Loss, And Family

Summer Salt is a trop-pop duo from Austin, Texas. Comprised of singer and guitarist Matthew Terry and drummer Eugene Chung, they are set to release their fourth full-length studio album. Campanita drops May 19th via Wax Bodega.

Photo Credit: Ian Wellman

The album is a tribute to Terry’s late sister Madeleine. Nicknamed “Campanita” by their grandmother, Both Maddie and Terry’s cousin Angelina passed away in January 2021. Terry was devastated and he wanted to create something to celebrate the lives of his sister and cousin.

The album itself comprises 12 tracks that explore love, family, and loss. Thematically it weaves through dreamy jazz, bedroom pop, beachy bossa nova, and desert-night indie rock. In addition to guitars, keys, and gorgeous harmonies, strings, synths, horns, and harmonicas enrich the overall sound. The lead single and title track “Campanita” is a dynamic song with a happy tone that also feels sad at the same time.

The Process Behind Campanita

Creating Campanita allowed Terry to stay close to his sister and cousin. He and Chung composed the songs while living apart in Dallas and San Francisco, respectively. They self-recorded much of the material before meeting in Fort Collins, CO, in December 2022. They came together to finish the album at The Blasting Room. Chris Beeble produced and engineered the record, and Joe LaPorta mastered it. Anthony Barnett and Winston Triolo contributed guitar, bass, and backing vocals, and will join Summer Salt on their headline tour this spring.

Campanita is a bold step forward in Summer Salt’s career. Throughout the record’s creation, Chung experimented with new sonic elements, building a sound that’s fuller and more textured than previous material.

In addition to releasing the album, Summer Salt is embarking on a US headline tour beginning in May. For more updates visit Summer Salt’s official website. Or you can follow along on Instagram and Twitter for more information.

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