Lyrically and musically, the construction of L.A. Salami’s newest track, “I Shook Hands with The Strange Boys,” is fairly straightforward, but that simplicity and purity are what really allow it to shine. The b-side for “Going Mad as the Street Bins,” the song is anchored by familiar-feeling but never generic guitar picking. With elements reminiscent of older blues and folk but firmly rooted in today, the song tells the story of Salami meeting some of his musical heroes — heroes who certainly don’t need to be enormous stars to be significant (The Strange Boys are a Texas punk outfit who have since stopped releasing music). As the story weaves through Salami’s reaction to the event, it turns slightly more introspective, reflecting on the challenges of being an artist and the fickle nature of the industry. The end result is a track that’s both self-aware and emotionally significant, proving once again that sometimes less is more in a world of way too much more. Be sure to check back about his just-announced trip to SXSW, and stream “Going Mad as the Street Bins” here.