Salt Cathedral

Dreamy alt-pop duo Salt Cathedral plays Baby's All Right on Friday (9.4)

New York-via-Colombia musicians Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada make alternative pop under the moniker Salt CathedralTheir Facebook description reads, “I am a holy soul in a foreign land,” and it seems that, in this way, their otherworldly sound is intertwined with their lives. The band's latest album, 'OOM VELT,' was released in September 2014. Accompanied by ethereal beats, it is a dreamy, cohesive, piece full of layering and harmonies beautifully sung by Ronderos. Still, we are hungry for more music. A magical experience could include going to see a show of theirs; good thing the opportunity is coming up! The band will be playing at Baby’s All Right on Friday, September 4. Check out one of our favorite songs, “Good Winds,” below. - Lauren Schechter


Out In The Streets Festival bringing local music and art to Ridgewood, Queens this weekend (08.01 - 08.02)

Now in its 6th year, Out In the Streets Festival is back in action to bring your favorite indie bands to Queens for a weekend of art, food, fun, and music. Hosted at the historic Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, the outdoor fest is the smaller, DIY version of all the big summer music festivals that have competed for your attention and presence in the past few months. Since it began on a street corner in Bushwick in 2009, Out In the Streets has kept itself homegrown and independent but continues to grow every year, celebrating local artists and eateries in this two-day multimedia festival. The lineup includes bands like Mr Twin Sister, Total Slacker, The Love Supreme, Wild Yaks, Salt Cathedral and many more. The bands performing this weekend are all mostly NYC-based, and the lineup on Sunday is featuring local bands from Bushwick and Ridgewood. Full weekend passes are still available for only $35, with one day tickets going for $20, on sale here. Check out a Spotify compilation of all the performing bands here, or streaming below. - Sam O'Hara


Seen at Northside: Dead Stars at The Gutter and Salt Cathedral at The Living Room

Having recently released the single “Calm Punk” off their forthcoming sophomore album, Brooklyn fuzz-pop trio Dead Stars played some wonderfully blaring songs at The Gutter Spare Room last night. Forming a tight triangle on the small stage, the Jeff Moore-led band blasted simple yet powerful tracks that reminded one of the sheer thrill of loud guitars and relentless drums. Perhaps “anyone can play guitar,” as Radiohead once sung, but it’s special when it’s done with the kind of focused passion that these guys brought.

While working in a completely different genre, Brooklyn-via-Colombia avant-pop duo Salt Cathedral exuded a similar no-nonsense energy at The Living Room. As guitarist Nicolas Losada strummed with poise, singer Juliana Ronderos hand-motioned and pulsated with a rapper’s swagger. Round light fixtures flashing different colors behind them, the band played an entrancing set of fidgety effects and gentle guitars that had the audience in silent thrall. Although the group mostly played their undeniably engaging original material, they did a cover of “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child which, with its propulsive electronics and long guitar lines, was simply great. – Zach Weg


Braeves and Salt Cathedral headline Rough Trade on 04.04

It's nice to see two talented emerging NYC bands scheduled to headline a biggish venue like Rough Trade on a Saturday night (April 4th). Originally from Columbia, avant-pop duo Salt Cathedral has been on our radar for quite a while (we booked them a few CMJs ago when they went under the name of "Il Albanico"); they are one of those rare bands that seem able to keep improving year after year. Long Island's Braeves (pictured) and their nostalgic, well crafted indie pop came to our attention more recently through our Best of NYC Poll for Emerging Artists (of which they won the readers' poll in the pop category). The band has been building some buzz recently, in particular after selling out Pianos in January - FYI for the other bands out there: that's how you get called by Bowery to play Rough Trade on a Saturday.


Weekly Feature: Salt Cathedral

Salt Cathedral’s latest EP, "Oom Velt," is a richly textured, futuristic affair. Made up of swirly, intertwined parts, close inspection reveals an openness to symmetry too. At its heart, each song is centered around the breathless vocals of Juliana Ronderos, who shape-shifts as she mesmerizes. We chatted up drummer Tommy Hartman recently, who brought us up to speed on how the band got their sound. 

Read Emilio Herce interview with Salt Cathedral.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best mellow pop songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!