Salt Cathedral have shared their collaboration with Ximena Sariñana on a reimagined version of their song “Te Quiero Olvidar”. The artists expand on the dream-like quality of the heartbroken original with Juli and Ximena’s voices dancing around each other and weaving new shapes into the song. The adventurous production offsets the ethereal elements of the track with a shapeshifting Afro-Caribbean rhythm that percolates around the harmonies. Ximena is a renowned Mexican singer songwriter and actress who has received two GRAMMY nominations.
Salt Cathedral has also announced that their new album, CARISMA isolation mixes will be released on February 12th via Ultra. They recently released the striking and sublime “A Second Chance isolation mix” from the album and its accompanying video. The video was also frontwoman Juli Ronderos’ directorial debut, co-directed alongside director and cinematographer Jesse Bronstein. The video echoes the fragility and introspection of the new arrangement of “A Second Chance” by centering an unselfconscious Juli in a cavernous room engaged in an intimate ritual, wrapping herself up in wire and unraveling as a metaphor for entanglement, effort, and armour.
WATCH: Salt Cathedral “A Second Chance isolation mix”
The reimagining of their debut album CARISMA began following the COVID-19 outbreak as the album was released in March of 2020. Salt Cathedral’s tour in support of their just released album was cancelled. They collaborated digitally with other musicians on these adventurous and introspective new arrangements.
The group says of reimaging their album, ”As COVID19 became a global pandemic and quarantine orders came in, we had to come to terms with the reality of cancelling our upcoming shows (sxsw, festivals, record release shows), and the idea of releasing a record that we most probably would not be able to take on tour, at least not in 2020.
While being isolated in our Brooklyn home, the idea of re imagining CARISMA came up.We couldn’t play it and thought about the concept of playing live and concluded that, in relationship to the record, playing live leads to the act of reinterpreting. Reinterpreting the songs in different ways depending on the city, the people, the venue, and our mood kind of transforming the songs, their meanings, and our interpretation of them from night to night.
The reality is, we can’t replicate the experience of live reinterpretation but what we can do is reinterpret the songs reacting to isolation; to COVID19, to the injustices, to the awakening and manifestations – all the things that have come to be in these strange strange 2020 times.
The re-interpretations are pure abstractions of what we’re currently feeling, nothing literal to what’s going on. We wanted to give the songs a chance to be something else.When we play the songs over and over, they start morphing, they mature and we wanted to give them a chance to grow, give CARISMA the opportunity to also be something else. The re-imagination was our way to make this happen.”
Salt Cathedral has also shared reimagined versions of “CAVIAR” and “How Beautiful (she is) (feat. duendita)” and a performance on their NYC rooftop of the reimagined version of “Te Quiero Olvidar”.
Salt Cathedral are the genre-defying NYC based duo of Nico and Juli, celebrated for their ability to fuse elements from the vanguard of electronic music, a scope of global rhythms, and Caribbean dance culture to create an inimitable sound that is as accessible as it is adventurous. Nico and Juli are originally from Bogota, Colombia but met in the United States while attending Berklee College of Music and began releasing a series of acclaimed EPs pushing against the pillars of indie rock and Latin music that attracted attention from Pitchfork and fans around the world. For the past year, the group has been releasing a series of singles in English and Spanish, each a singular world, leading up to the April release of their debut album CARISMA on Ultra Music.The new songs and their accompanying videos which echo the music’s magical realism have been championed by Rolling Stone, NPR, Nylon, Remezcla .
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