Below The Salt is the debut LP from artist Haley Blais. The charming honesty of her online presence filters into this collection of catchy bedroom-pop tunes,
where dreamy atmospheres are punctuated with witty observations and confessions. Her sometimes self-deprecating, yet always self-loving relatability has earned her a significant online following that has been eagerly awaiting new material since the release of her last EP Let Yourself Go in 2018.
Below The Salt takes her previous EP’s knack for perfectly capturing a feeling in song, and brings you even deeper into the experience. With production from indie favourites Tennis (Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) and Louise Burns, Haley’s signature sound is still present, but matured, as synths replace ukuleles, vocals soar, and confidence replaces doubt.
“For me, this album is one big sigh of relief. A mixture of songs years and years in the making, and ones made in collaboration at the studio with songwriters I really admire - something I've never done before. 'Below the Salt', the title I landed on, is a term used for someone who isn't elite, an average guy (me!). An album centered around just waiting for the weekend so you can "say hell to the rat race" really resonates with me - breathes a little humanity into it all.”
It has that same energy you would find with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker with the instrumentals of Paramore and Fleetwood Mac... – Poptized Magazine
If there was an Olympic gold medal for best upbeat, sad indie pop song this year, it would go to Haley Blais for ‘Small Foreign Faction’... – Indie Shuffle