As the world crumbles around us, it’s nice to hear acts like Salt Cathedral. The New York-based, Columbian-born duo of Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada have been spending the past few years melding all sorts of kinetic sounds together to create something that’s not too distant from trip-hop yet wholly more expansive. It’s poppy, it’s ambient, it’s … a momentary feeling of bliss.
Finally, after two intriguing EPs, the two are ready to make things official with a debut album. It’s called Big Waves/Small Waves and is highly influenced by Jamaica’s dancehall scene. As such, the album features collaborations with dub and reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, Matisyahu, and Assassin. Whoa, who’s that last guy, you ask? Let’s just say he popped up on a certain hip-hop album called, To Pimp A Butterfly.
They’re still sorting out a release date, but as a peace flag of sorts, they’ve dropped new single “Fragments”. Over island beats and atmospheric vibes, Ronderos sings, “Why you gotta take the long way/ keep on arguing the wrong way/ calibrate your love the right way/ don’t just sit there/ and watch it drain.” If that all sounds fairly prescient to you, there’s a good reason for it.
“Lately it feels like it’s hard to say anything without directly acknowledging the intense social and political landscape reality in America,” Ronderos tells us. “This song is about how when someone shuts away, and shuts us out, and fights a war, we get broken into fragments. Conflict depletes our love, destroys us – this song is a plea to ‘calibrate your love’, to be more tolerant, inclusive and empathetic at both a personal and a global level.”
Catch the single below and keep a look out for the album in the near future.