Inland Island
Salbum

by Laura Stanley

August 15, 2019

Inland Island offers a restorative pause from everyday horrors with simple songs about grappling with uncertainties and sadness while maintaining love.

As Inland Island, Avalon Tassonyi writes music that makes you feel like the world isn’t such a terrible place after all. On their latest release, the short album Salbum, Tassonyi offers a restorative pause from everyday horrors with simple songs about grappling with uncertainties and sadness while maintaining love.

“Haven’t Got A Clue” is washed in an emo style that will temporarily dye your hair black. Here Tassonyi, with a heavily distorted guitar and vocals to match, tries to reconcile with the overwhelming multitudes of problems that come with being alive; “I haven’t got a clue,” they admit by the end of the song. Despite the panicked dizziness of the lyrics, the song feels lighthearted as if it was born out of a moment of panic but performed while feeling okay. The album closer, a bilingual folk-pop song “La Même Chose,” has a similar air of anxiety as Tassonyi begins with a sarcastic jab: “Thanks for the advice mom, you should get your own advice column.” But in the track’s final moments, we hear Tassonyi, almost in a whisper, admit: “you’re my best friend and I love you.”

Elsewhere on Salbum, love is nearly blinding. On the sweetly soft-pop opener “None Plus One,” friends gather around Tassonyi and together they lift each other up and shine “like the midday sun.” The joy enclosed is like a dinner party with all of your friends where you serve what you grew in your back garden. On “Let It In,” Tassonyi acknowledges that things aren’t always great but reminds us to have faith that things will turn around. And above all: “You must let love into your life”.

Laura Stanley

Contributor at DOMINIONATED
Laura is a freelance writer from Toronto. She was an editor of the now-defunct Canadian music blog Grayowl Point and is currently the folk & country editor of Exclaim! Magazine. She has a lot of feelings.
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