Josef Salvat played Whelans in Dublin on the 23rd of February. I reviewed his stellar E.P In Your Prime in October of last year which can be read here. Salvat’s adult contemporary pop stylings combined with his crooning vocal style and moody yet heroic lyricism make for a captivating listen. Salvat has since released the single Hustler since my initial review for Live And Die In Music, an infectiously catchy lusty single with themes of sex and hedonism. He has also released another track entitled Every Night, an upbeat track which showcases his amazing falsetto. The track are to the same standard of his releases Shoot And Run and the amazing Open Season.
Although In Your Prime conveys a moody and stripped back ambiance, Salvat’s live show is energetic and electric in comparison. What struck me from watching his show is the sheer confidence and charisma he possesses as a live performer and this in turn meant the audience including myself and a friend were engaged and captivated. From some of the reactions in the crowd, Salvat is already gaining an enthusiastic fan base from previous festival appearances and I assume, the sheer hypnotic catchy nature of his releases. Girls screamed for him and he strut around the stage and excitedly sang his lyrics back at him. He performed the songs of In Your Prime with incredible delivery with his outstanding band backing him up.
He performed a beautiful stripped back rendition of Hustler as well as some non-EP tracks that were just as enthusiastically received by the Whelans crowd. Salvat himself seemed to be enjoying himself very much and seemed to be truly humbled by Dublin’s electric reception to his show and it was true that it was a great night and the atmosphere in Whelans during his set never seemed to lull. He performed an encore of his popular Rihanna cover Diamonds to close the set. As you can imagine, this one had a universal appeal. Judging from his E.P which I personally as well as objectively felt was a five star affair, I had big expectations for this live show and I wasn’t disappointed. He is a charismatic and captivating live performer well worth checking out next time he plays near you.