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Salt Cathedral – “Good Winds”

3 Mar

Salt Cathedral - Good Winds

They told us so when, back in January, Salt Cathedral released b-side “Rainy Days” to the world and said it marked the end of their guitar era. They told us so and now they have shown us they weren’t making it up with a fantastic new tune, “Good Winds”, which forgoes the infectious skipping jangle of tracks past for a sound that is a touch cooler and more swirlsome.

Here Juliana Ronderos’ voice is softer and more melancholic than we are perhaps used to, but no less sweet and alluring. The repetition in her vocal opens into synths and prodding drums that breathe an autumnal sadness into the song; as the relationship changes and dies a little only to be perked up by optimistic melodies and the subtle violent determination of the beat that says this is not over.

They’ve not been with us that long, but Salt Cathedral have already shown their ability to mix it up and more importantly, an inability to make a poor tune. Their third EP, OOM VELT, is due out in the coming months and promises to be one that should not be missed.

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Free Download: Salt Cathedral – “Rainy Days”

14 Jan

Salt Cathedral - Rainy Days

With their latest track, a b-side no less, the alluring sounds of indie pop-ers Salt Cathedral could be signalling the end of an (albeit short) era. They are giving “Rainy Days” away for free (via the player below) as they say goodbye to guitars. What that means for their future exactly, we don’t know and wouldn’t like to speculate (fully digitised sound? Replacing guitars with kazoos? Air guitar?) so instead we will focus on the typically Salt Cathedral, yet not quite, sound of “Rainy Days”.

Juli Ronderos’s vocals sound as sweet and playful as ever and truly it is her distinct voice that helps set a Salt Cathedral track apart from others. Here though it has been joined by some rather playful digital noises, like a bright console, beeping and flashing on a spacecraft as it encounters alien worlds and creatures. The ship scoots along on the power of scuttling rhythms and guitar lines (we’ll miss those) diving and sweeping across the sky, taking its bouncy, folksy indie-popping melodies across the galaxies.

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Listen: Salt Cathedral – “Dirty Me”

11 Apr

Salt Cathedral - Dirty Me

After a few weeks of repeated listening, it’s fair to say we are enjoying Salt Cathedral‘s latest song, “Dirty Me”, just as much as their previous effort, “Take Me To The Sea”.

“Dirty Me” is, in case you were wondering, neither about playing in the mud or secret night time activities. Sorry to disappoint you.

No, it is instead another skittery, simmering piece of folk infused indie/math-pop. Juliana Ronderos’s vocals are again sugar sweet as they weave amongst the Foals-ian guitar work and rapid-fire percussion. It follows a similar line to its predecessor but without feeling like it is in fact stepping in its footprints. It is a bit more breathy, a bit more urgent with a more consistent tempo but no less infectious and no less bouncy. It skips and flits, dances and twirls with precision and panache, full of vibrant colour. We love it.

We said before that Salt Cathedral would become a name that people know and “Dirty Me” just supports that assertion.

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Listen: Salt Cathedral – “Take Me To The Sea”

14 Mar

Salt Cathedral

Some out there amongst you may be familiar with a band called Il Abanico who was knocking about in the US for a while. Don’t worry if you are not, no one is going to point and laugh if you’d not heard of them, similarly there are no cool points on offer for those of you who had. The important thing to know is that the line-up was renamed Salt Cathedral and by rights, there will soon be no excuse for not knowing who they are.

The band met and formed, like so many seem to these days, in Brooklyn, though the members come from far and wide (Canada, Colombia (x2), Florida and New Jersey) and a debut EP is reportedly not far away. For now though we just have “Take Me To The Sea” to enjoy, and enjoy it we do.

Juli Ronderos’s vocals are sugar sweet as they skip and play over intricate and complimentary guitar work, which in turn weaves and turns around the rapid rat-a-tat of the percussion. It pitches and turns, the tempo dropping and rising at regular intervals like a kite on the wind, looping the loop and doing other tricks we don’t know the names of.

It’s bouncy and infectious, its folksy lyrics and indie-popping melodies make our feet do taps and our head do nods, even when people are looking at us and it could be embarrassing. We’re not embarrassed, and neither should you be for not knowing who Il Abanico were, you soon will be if you don’t know Salt Cathedral though.

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