Stephanie Salas was indie before “indie” was popular and when I say INDIE, I mean that she was taking chances with music from the beginning of her musical career, which make her totally cool in my book. She was signed in 1992 with Melody Records in Mexico and released two albums. The first, Ave Maria, was a complete success and the title track was became her anthem as she moved forward in her career. The second album, “La Raza Humana” was so ahead of its time that the public had a hard time accepting it so commercially, it didn’t make much waves; but musically, it (to this day) is still a piece of Latin pop-rock history that I believe everyone should own.
Jump ahead 12 years, Stephanie Salas embraces the independent music scene with an album called, “Tuna”, which I yet to own on a physical media format. Not sure if it was only released digitally or if there is a CD to it; but you can download it on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify. The rock music is influenced with blues, jazz, and disco. It is definitely not Top 40 crap and I appreciate the uniqueness in the album. Now, go ahead another 6 years… “Soy Lo Que Soy” was released and again, Stephanie Salas is pushing the boundaries of pop and rock with a flair that keeps her ahead of the game as well as in a different level of music production.
Now, Stephanie is promoting updated versions of her most popular songs from her “mainstream” days, but has kept with her more independent sound. Ave Maria was the first track she rerecorded for the soundtrack of “No Se Si Cortarme Las Venas O Dejarmelas Largas” (“I Don’t Know Whether to Slit My Wrists or Leave Them Long”). The sound is similar, but it is more electronic than the original rock pop version. The second rerecorded song was Tonterias, which was produced by Benny Ibarra, a long time friend and former member of Timbiriche). The original version was recorded for the soap opera “Baila Conmigo” and was 50’s style music. The new version keeps a lot of the same beats, but has been updated and reminds me of something you might hear in a Quentin Tarnitino movie.
The most current song to be updated is Corazon, which was released on the second album “La Raza Humana”. The song’s update is thanks to DJ Astro and keeps a lot of the same sound and beats as the album “Soy Lo Que Soy”, which reminds me of being in outer space. It’s very techno and very clubby and totally fresh. It is good to see that Stephanie has stayed true to her personality and persona, without just recording music to sound like everyone else to make a quick dime or two. She is a very underrated and under-appreciated musician and singer, who stays on the forefront of music and sound.
We recommend downloading this three re-issues for great music… Stephanie Salas can be followed on Twitter at @StephanieSalasO.