With the impending close of its doors, Williamsburg’s hidden destination Cameo Gallery hosted an evening of music sure to leave a mark on the scene. Tuesday night’s show featured a stacked roster of up-and-comers including: Stranger Cat, Salt Cathedral, and Night Moves. While all three artists could be considered “under the radar,” their live performances showcased the best of the Brooklyn indie scene.
Stranger Cat opened the night with a set of electronic slow jams. Sexy, soulful, and filled with energy, songwriter Cat Martino (joined by drummer Alec Beckman) filled the small space with their larger than life sound. As they banged out syncopated beats on a full drum kit, Martino layered on electronic beats, synths, and effects to create a lush wall-of-sound experience that left the audience’s hearts pounding. A serious highlight had to be the slowed-down cover of Sia’s fantastic hit “Chandelier,” which the duo stripped to its most basic elements transforming the song from a pop anthem to an emotional outcry.
Next, Salt Cathedral pivoted slightly shifting the energy from a slow and heavy experience to an upbeat and light array of dance-inspiring experimental pop. Salt Cathedral, also a duo (vocalist Juliana Ronderos and instrumentalist Nicolas Losada) showcased some of the cleanest and most professional sets out there today. Their high-energy beats and tasteful vocals gave indie darlings Sylvan Esso a run for their money in the production quality department. Each song was perfectly executed which allowed their hit single “Move Along” to function as a pleasant finale to an overall great performance rather than the thing you’ve all been waiting for. Their electronic rendition Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” was also a welcomed throwback amidst an otherwise original set.
Finally, Night Moves took us home with some much-needed good ole fashioned indie rock. Normally a three-piece (guitarist and vocalist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema), the band was joined by a rhythm guitar and drummer. With a five-piece band in tow, Pelant’s voice had a full body behind it allowing him to fill the room with his clean and tight melodies. After two futuristic female electronic artists, the all-boy outfit was able to turn the dial with songs that gave a nod to good old-fashioned Blues and Americana with a touch of Indie-rock flavor.
The evening was one for the books and – with Cameo on its way to the graveyard – it served as a great capstone to Williamsburg’s musical moment. Be sure to check out Stranger Cat, Salt Cathedral, and Night Moves when they come to a town near you and try to catch a show at Cameo Gallery – before it’s too late.