Premiering via Billboard, Salt Cathedral debut their genre-bending new single “Unraveling” featuring the highly acclaimed Matisyahu. A pivotal moment in both their careers, the track is the group’s first vocal collaboration and Matis’s only collaboration with a woman, defying one of his previously held Hassidic traditions. The result sees a perfect meeting of the artists’ vastly different styles, complementing one another to create a rapturous, immersive song that deconstructs the traditional realms from which they came.
With the delicate and otherworldly croon of singer Juliana Ronderos along with influences and samples taken from different cultures, Salt Cathedral have always pushed the limits of the electropop genre by incorporating unexpected human elements above their gorgeous arrangement of twinkling synths and dark, entrancing beats. “Unraveling” is only one in a series of new singles to push that mission even further. Working in dancehall influences, Caribbean rhythms, and inspiration from their Colombian upbringing, the band has been collaborating on new material with artists across all genres including Matisyahu and Assassin (of Kanye West’s Yeezus and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly fame).
Describing their inspiration, the band shared this note with their new single:
“For our sweet sixteen equivalent in Colombia, the “fiesta de quince (15)” we would gather with friends in parties called ‘Minitecas’ with a DJ, some lights, no princess gowns or suits, homemade sandwiches and Doritos, and we would couple dance to tropical rhythms such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton and champeta. Dancing is ingrained in our culture: We dance on weekends, at family gatherings, on New Years, and some even dance on Christmas. As we started to write new music, we realized we wanted to write songs people could move to — music that felt uplifting and fun.
We first reached out to collaborate with Matisyahu because of his ability and talent to write energizing, upbeat music. His classic, ‘King Without a Crown’, was a song we had grown up with, and we thought this could be a beautiful way to connect so much of our past with our desire for the present and the music we wanted to put out into the world.”
With their first full length album on the horizon for 2017 and having already earned millions of streams on Spotify, the New York based duo’s totally unique and progressive stylings perfectly suit them to takeover in the new year.