It’s not often these days that you find a record you can listen to start to finish without skipping a track. Luckily for us, Sally Boy released his debut EP, EREZ, on November 2nd - one of those wholly listenable rarities. The seven song mini-album covers an array of genres while maintaining an underlying continuity held together by Sally Boy’s warm, inviting voice and his ability to construct melodies that are bound to get stuck in your head.
After a few listen-throughs of EREZ, the themes are clear: relationships, love, and heartbreak, as well as self-retrospection and personal growth. Although these are popular topics within contemporary music, Sally Boy presents them in a refreshing, yet relatable, way. This is most clear in Sally Boy’s vulnerable pop-ballad, “Marie”, the final song on the EP where he laments, “Maybe I’m no good for you/Maybe I’m not for myself/Losing you’s the only pain that I’ve held.”
“Marie” is one of the slower songs on EREZ, which is fitting for its message, but Sally Boy also does a beautiful job at disguising his feelings in upbeat, fun tracks, like “I Wonder”. He also shows off his versatility by rapping some bars in the track, “Kane”.
Sally Boy is more than just a singer/songwriter - he’s an entertainer. A quick look through his socials shows his fun-loving, good-natured, and unique disposition wrapped into the persona of Sally Boy. This shines through in the videos that accompany his music, including the must-watch video for, “I Wonder”, which was released yesterday. Sally Boy is one of the breakout artists of 2020 and is on the verge of stardom.