Nate Salman is not content to sit still. While his band Waterstrider plans the release of their just-finished debut LP, the Oakland musician has done anything but take a breather. He has already started work on new Waterstrider songs, one of which the band premiered at Oaktown Mayhem Fest this past Saturday. He recently sang on Les Sins’ party-starting track “Why,” and danced in a BART car for the video, which was released last week. And now he gives us his first solo recording, “Be Alright,” in which the Afro-pop tendencies of Waterstrider are abandoned for a playful electronic groove and a dance-ready beat. Last week Salman and I sat down at Homestead on Piedmont Avenue to talk about the new song and eat the best beignets this side of the Big Easy.
Salman, who in a red cardigan, salmon-colored pants and mismatched pastel socks could have easily walked out of a Dr. Seuss story, told me that part of the driving force behind “Be Alright” was the waiting game that came with the end of the Waterstrider recording. “