By Liza Ghorbani
Updated April 16, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s easy to understand why the accessible sounds of New York singer-songwriter Peter Salett often serve as cinematic backdrops (Ed Norton’s Keeping the Faith and Salma Hayek’s upcoming The Maldonado Miracle). On songs of loneliness and love lost, Salett proves that less is indeed more, letting his rich vocals soar over a sole piano accompaniment or spare acoustics. His every yearning and pang feels like your own.