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Monqui Presents
EMPRESS OF with Salt Cathedral
Wed March 6, 2019 9:00 pm PST (Doors: 8:00 pm )

"Can I make it clear?" Lorely Rodriguez asks within the opening moments of her debut album, Me. If clarity is what she seeks, Lorely has found it: her voice upfront, every word audible and strong. Her singular voice is the centerpiece of Me, her first full-formed vision of an album, following her previously shorter and more abstract releases as Empress Of. "Don't tell me who I am," she sings seconds later.

On a cold January morning, Lorely sits at the kitchen table at her current sublet apartment, sifting through a composition book, pages of lyrics stained by coffee and cognac, shuffling through photo prints from the trip to Mexico where she wrote the initial sketches of the record. The album is filtered through imagery from this 5-week retreat, a lens through which Lorely looks both inward and outward, reflects and looks forward, finds strength and vulnerability.

Salt Cathedral is comprised of Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada. Influenced by tropical sounds and channeling the liveliness and dance culture of the pair's Colombian upbringing, their music combines elements of trip-hop and ambient genres with folkloric influences from many cultures--resulting in a new and unique brand of well-crafted and culturally relevant pop music. The duo has released three EPs, and six singles, including their most recent single "Rude Boy." They will release their debut full-length record in 2019. Not only have they garnered nearly twenty-five million streams on Spotify (including nearly 10 million for their single "Always There When I Need You") and thousands of fans from all over the world, their music has also been featured in prestigious music publications such as The Guardian, Pitchfork, FADER, VICE, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, and The Village Voice. They perform extensively with over two-hundred and fifty shows across the United States, Japan, Canada, France, Switzerland, and Colombia under their belt. They have shared the stage with fellow artists Hundred Waters (Skrillex's OWSLA), Christine and the Queens, Anna Wise (Kendrick Lamar), Jojo Mayer's NERVE, Tei Shi, Young and Sick, and Cibo Matto, amongst many others. Onstage, the band combines live instrumentals, electronics, and choreographed lighting to create an immersive environment of "crackling energy" (Pitchfork). Salt Cathedral's upcoming single is "Go and Get It" featuring Big Freedia and Jarina De Marco.

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