Soul Saturday: Salami Rose Joe Louis brings experimental electro-pop to El Club

A former climate scientist, the Bay Area multi-instrumentalist explores themes related to climate change and science fiction in her eclectic music.

Salami Rose Joe Louis will perform at El Club in Detroit on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.

Bay Area singer-songwriter and producer Lindsay Olsen is bringing her galactic, experimental electro-pop to El Club in Detroit on Friday.

Performing under the moniker Salami Rose Joe Louis, Olsen is a former climate scientist who explores themes related to climate change, multiverses and interdimensional travel through her music. Melding influences from jazz, rock and hip-hop,  she creates a unique blend of celestial sounds with jazz influenced vocals and keys.

“I would love to express music that feels nice to listen to but also like sonically interesting, and brings you into spheres and provides a landscape to think about ideas that maybe you haven’t thought about before,” she told WDET’s Nick Austin. “I would like it to feel like very fantastical.”

Her latest album, “Akousmatikous,” continues the sci-fi narrative describing a future dystopian Earth that was laid out in her first two albums, “Zdenka 2080” and “Chapters of Zdenka,” released in 2019 and 2020, respectively, under Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label.

“This album is so story driven,” she said. “I love this idea of like moving always to new places and sort of telling this crazy story.”

The eclectic multi-instrumentalist sat down with Soul Saturday host Nick Austin before her show at El Club to talk about her new album, her jump from scientist to musician, and what she has planned for the future.

Listen: Full interview with Salami Rose Joe Louis and WDET’s Nick Austin

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  • Nick Austin
    Nick Austin hosts Soul Saturday, merging genres like soul and hip-hop with electronica and funk into a rich tapestry of sound that is uniquely Detroit.
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    Jenny Sherman is 101.9 WDET's Digital Editor. She received her bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University and has worked for more than a decade as a reporter and editor for various media outlets throughout metro Detroit.