Last Thursday, May 30 the good people at Mishu Music hosted a night of electronic music at 1306. Know for bringing amazing acts like Cold War Kids and The Flaming Lips to the Magic City, this event featured local sweethearts Millionyoung and Colombian duo by way of New York, Salt Cathedral. This was Salt Cathedral’s triumphant return since their Miami debut at the House of Creatives Festival in 2017.
Millionyoung opened up the night with a catchy and almost simultaneously subdued set; where the vocals take a backseat to the arrangements of electronic beats, steel drums, and driving bass lines. With a name that I can only guess was derived from an American Analog Set tune. One could guess that sound may have influenced the duo right down to the use of a marimba in place of a vibraphone. The pair clearly had a good time on the stage. The closing number reminded me of the “more cowbell” scene Christopher Walken made famous on SNL, as Mike Diaz beat on an electronic drum pad like it owed him money.
Salt Cathedral’s Juliana Ronderos took the stage alone with a heavy beat and a flickering strobe light. She performed a dance working her body into what appeared to be a belly dancing routine. She pumped and gyrated her body to the beat, staring intently at the audience with every movement, while we all stared back in awe. Nicolas Losada joined Ronderos at the start of the next tune wearing a track suit with Telecaster in hand. The heavy beats continued with Caribbean flavor and reggae-like strumming from Losada as he bounced up & down across the stage. Ronderos countered the deep bass & beats with a sweet voice I can only describe as a fluttering exotic bird. The night was an utter success, as the crowd moved all night long in a sonic and visual trance from the catchy music & impressive light show. I look forward to exploring the catalog of both Millionyoung & Salt Cathedral and I can’t wait to see what amazing acts Mishu Music will bring to town next.