The duo behind Sweet Electra is in a New York state of mind lately. Vocalist Nardiz Cooke and producer Giovanni Escalera recently left Guadalajara for the Big Apple with the hopes of bringing their electronica-tinged pop to a wider audience. Their upcoming album When We Abandoned Earth (out April 6), sung in Spanish and English, was inspired by this change in atmosphere.
The CD is a dreamy celestial exploration that should appeal to listeners looking for an inter-planetary respite from the daily grind. Cooke, who grew up performing in traditional mariachi groups, has a haunting voice that stays with you long after the music has stopped playing. And Escalera is a multi-talented performer who not only composed all the material but also manned the keyboards, guitars and programming.
If you’re in New York City, they’re playing at Webster Hall on March 11. Here’s a taste of what you can expect: