CATHEDRALS, a mysterious male/female duo hailing from San Francisco emerge silently but with notable force. “Unbound” is their debut single, introducing themselves as a raw, instrumental entity with a dark pop aftertaste. Not much is known about the two, but we’re happy to be the first to break the news.
The spirited female vocals provide the real charm, reminding us of the likes of The xx, Phoria and Beach House, while the instrumentation proves reminiscent of what would be SOHN and Grizzly Bear‘s lovechild. “Unbound” explores the dualities not only between organic and electronic additives, but also between their difference in gender. The track dives into the depths of emotional spaciousness, setting the tone from the very first pick of the guitar to the very last hip-hop inspired beat. The structure is an exploratory process with electronic undertones, encouraging listeners to interpret each and every lyric (e.g. “I’ll nurse you back to pieces”) in their own personal context.
There’s something about “Unbound” that stirs up a lot of excitement about the undiscovered twosome. Maybe it’s the layered harmonic qualities or CATHEDRALS’ interesting approach to creating ample sonic mood. Whatever this rareness may be, there’s an undeniable spark there, bound to shimmer and embrace the spotlight for a long time to come.