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Eric Salt understands the importance of moving on in ‘Tree Line’

New Sounds: The Boston musician strikes a right guitar-pop tone as emerge from winter and all our emotional wanderings

Photo Credit: Nicole Tammaro
 

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There’s a weird psychology involved with living in Massachusetts over the course of winter. While December is clouded by the holidays and reflections of the year that has passed, at rates increasingly quicker as we age, the first few months of the year, the endless January and frigid February, are rife with daydreams of escapism, inspirational jolts to get out of dodge, hug the highway, and move on to greater, perhaps warmer, pastures.

 
 

Eric Salt knows this routine all too well, as his December album In Leisure Car was based on a theme of road trips, of moving on, of cementing a focus forward through life and all its battlefields. Whether the mood called for a quick weekend jaunt elsewhere to forget the pain of home, to explore the local world around us, or for an extensive overhaul to burn a few bridges and decide to never look back, In Leisure Car was shaped as “an experiment in not turning around to look at yourself while creating art.”

One of the standouts on the LP is the cruising guitar-pop track “Tree Line,” a song rooted in the realities of moving on. Today (March 22), we’re proud to feature the song’s video, which takes our gazes out at elsewhere’s terrain and humanizes them with Salt’s personal vision and unmistakable harmonies.

“The backgrounds in this video are all shot by me and are places that are very personal,” Salt tells Vanyaland. “Places in the Massachusetts woods where I hike and fish. Childhood hangs. My grandfather’s land in Nova Scotia, etc. I went out on the coldest day of the year and filmed running water where I could find it. You get the strangest ice colors and formations. I finally called it quits when I broke my iPhone duct taping it to a football and rolling it off a cliff. Making videos is fun, but expensive.”

 
 

Get in the car and drive, in any direction, but press play on the YouTube clip as you pull out of your mental driveway.