BEST NEW TRACKS: CARA SALIMANDO - NOTHING'S GONNA HURT YOU BABY
Cara Salimando, a singer/songwriter from Jersey who transplanted to Los Angeles, has spent most her early career signed to Sony/ATV as the mind behind words for such artists like Tinashe, Hey Violet, Grace Mitchell, Jarina DeMarco, Soliddisco, Grace Sewell, Whissell, and Lia Marie Johnson. Sounds like quite the resume for a lyrically-talented Salimando, but how will she do standing in front of the mic being the center of attention?
Though not a stranger to singing, Salimando rarely headlines a track, but that is about to change with a song that, ironically, isn't penned by herself. In her teenage years, she was signed to Universal/Motown as a performer and spent time on her band Novelette. After a great deal of works for other artists, Salimando returns with what brought her into the industry: as an artist and a performer.
CARA SALIMANDO - NOTHING'S GONNA HURT YOU BABY
“Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby” is Salimando's foray into the realm of singing by taking upon the Cigarettes After Sex classic. Embodying the intended feeling of the original that was filled with hazy shoegazing sensibilities, Salimando proves a bit more warmth and emotion with her vocals, but still painting an ethereal atmosphere that seems to trump the CAS song in every conceivable way with a woman's special touch. It is still just as dreamy and surreal as the original, but you will like this one for being distinctively different. There is just a bit more pep and emotion that it wouldn't lull the listener to sleep.
Surely, her cover of “Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby” is a great proving ground for the rookie, at least in terms of being in the spotlight. In terms of being a lyrical talent, she already reached that expectation and then some. With previous experience as an artist, she should proceed without much trepidation, and her management might as well follow that logic, as well.