By: Shamus Hill
It's been an incredible week for local music in Massachusetts, as artists from across the state have been collaborating on what's ultimately become the best music to exit the state in recent memory. Connis, who hails from Cambridge, was one of the featured artists on soap.wav's "Orange Line Freestyle" which debuted this past week. Today, he recruits some more Bay State natives into his catalog of music with the official visual for "Salt" featuring Kadeem and Versus Beats.
Recruiting Simon Morrison as Director and Daymian Mejia as cinematographer, this music video is one that takes on an incredibly cinematic properties throughout. Not only does this ring true regarding the visual aspects of this release, but the same may be said about the sonics as well. Vasant Sundaresan, who utilizes the moniker Versus Beats, teamed up with Connis, Stoic Beats, and Timmy Holiday to provide a brilliant, hypnotic instrumental to work with, helping to pull out the best forms of artistry from within Connis and Kadeem during the process.
Balancing between both singing and rapping, Connis' first two verses on this release come paired with this wonderful haziness that becomes reminiscent of a Los Angeles sunset. As the first two-thirds of "Salt" unravel, the viewer is met with clips that feature Connis' closest loved ones, ranging from his family, girlfriend, and friends. Putting who he is at the forefront of this release, viewers ultimately grow to become vastly connected with the Cambridge native upon this song's ending. For those familiar with Connis though, this will not be shocking – especially given the amount of vulnerability he displayed on his 2019 album Conn(is).
Just when things seem as though they're going to wind down on "Salt", Connis makes way for a monumental close at the hands of both Kadeem and Versus Beats. Combining Kadeem's otherworldly capability to rap with a ground-shaking sax solo from Versus Beats, the final minute of "Salt" is one that takes on a truly heavenly aurora. Kadeem drops off one of the more polished verses to exit Massachusetts in a long time, blessing Connis' latest release along the way.
There's really not a singular element of this release that is lackluster in even the slightest bit. Definitely give it a watch if you're in need of something new for your rotation of music.
Watch the official music video for "Salt" below: