Sunday, November 29, 2015

Salt Cathedral at the Ace Hotel

Vocalist/programmer Juliana Ronderos and guitarist Nicolas Losada are from Bogotá, Colombia, but are currently based in Brooklyn, New York. The duo used to play in a rock band called Il Abanico, but since 2011 are a dreamwave/chillwave band called Salt Cathedral, named after an underground church built in a salt mine in Zipaquirá, Colombia. Salt Cathedral's second EP, Oom Velt, was released on September 9, 2014.

Concluding a month of Sundays at the Ace Hotel tonight, Salt Cathedral performed an ethereal electro-pop set that was big on light, airy vocals along with synth and samples backdrops. Ronderos crooned into the microphone and spun dials on her electronic devices while her silent partner, Losada, strummed jazzy chords on an electric guitar. The flighty music featured layered arrangements and a few gripping hooks with gliding vocals for a trance-like effect. Presently, the indie music scene is glutted with electronica artists, but Salt Cathedral's forward-thinking compositions should help the duo stand out among its peers.

Visit Salt Cathedral at www.saltcathedralmusic.com.