Minneapolis based brother duo The Cactus Blossoms recently released their first full length album You’re Dreaming on Red House Records in January. In a nod to some of the great country classics, they deliver a beautiful album, complete with golden harmonies and thoughtful instrumentation. For those who still yearn for the simple, heart-wrenching melodies of an era long past, this is the album for you.
The first track “Stoplight Kisses” has a Buddy Holly feel, with an upbeat, uplifting tempo and strong harmonies right from the start. Within seconds, listeners are thrown back in time to an age when music was a little more understated. The clean guitar melodies and soft harmonies never aim to overwhelm; instead, it allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.
“Clown Collector” energizes the album, giving listeners a taste of vintage rock ‘n’ roll. Without getting too over-the-top, they keep it controlled and purposeful. If you aren’t paying attention, you may think that you’re listening to something straight out of the ’50’s. However, their sound is very new and very now.
“Change Your Ways Or Die” is where the album takes a turn as it has a darker theme, with an eerie instrumentation and melodies that are reminiscent of Tom Waits. The duo wears a more brooding theme well, lending a spice to the album which is mostly sweet and wholesome.
Overall, The Cactus Blossoms deliver an endearing album, complete with sincere ballads and uplifting rock ‘n’ roll. In a time when complicated music is popular, this duo brings to life something that may have died off years ago, but just needed some reviving. There is a little something special for everyone, giving listeners a very full-circle experience.
Key Tracks: Clown Collector, Change Your Ways Or Die, No More Crying The Blues