“Always There When I Need You,” the first track to be released from rising Colombian duo Salt Cathedral’s forthcoming debut album Big Waves // Small Waves debuts today—listen here. The new album is set for release this fall.
Big Waves // Small Waves was written and recorded over the course of 2016 at the band’s Brooklyn studio. The self-produced record began with sampling sessions in an effort to bring folkloric sounds into the band’s pop writing. After sketching out their song ideas, the band fleshed out and recorded, keeping most of the original demo vocals. The Jamaican rapper Assassin, reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry and longtime friend and collaborator Matisyahu each lend vocals to tracks on the album.
Salt Cathedral’s first full-length follows their 2014 EP Oom Velt, released to critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Fader and Consequence of Sound. The band has toured extensively in North and South America as well as Asia, and has shared stages with the likes of Mitski, Christine & The Queens, Hundred Waters, Cibo Matto, Tei Shi and many more.
Salt Cathedral is the duo of Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada, born in Colombia and now based in Brooklyn, New York. Their name is taken from the fabled Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a church built inside a salt mine in their native country. Formerly members of Il Albanico, Ronderos and Losada formed Salt Cathedral to experiment with their Caribbean and various world music influences and inspirations, as well as to explore their more existential songwriting leanings. Salt Cathedral traffics in concepts and ideas like individuality, identity and experience.
Following a set at Firefly Festival, the band will headline Baby’s All Right June 28 and is set to play Colombia’s legendary Rock al Parque Festival in July. Further touring is to be announced.
SALT CATHEDRAL LIVE
June 28 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Baby’s All Right
July 3 /// Bogotá, Colombia /// Rock Al Parque
BIG WAVES // SMALL WAVES
1. Run For The Money (featuring Assassin)
3. Light Up
4. Always There When I Need You
5. No Love
7. Am I Free?
8. Are You Ready For Love (featuring Matisyahu)
9. Trip The Light
10. With The Upsetter
11. Step On The Mother Earth
12. Small Waves (featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry)