Melted Cactus is a duo hailing from Paris that recently released TASP. The band plays pretty straightforward rock with influences ranging from Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and The Libertines.
They get going with “In My Head” which starts with a steady kick and moody atmosphere. It doesn't take long for punctuated bass notes and vocals to enter into the mix. The guitar is atmospheric at first but things pick up with intensity and more lush chords are played. It’s a catchy song that felt accessible and inviting.
Next up is “Butterfly Cemetery” which is a fun and fast romp. The bass line is a force that’s distorted and cuts through the mix. I thought the chorus was really catchy and also intense. The highlight is arguably “Drugs.” I loved the groove on this song, especially the guitar work. There are some smooth transitions and I thought the song was a bit more haunting and pensive than anything before. The lyrics repeat “I’m stuck in a loop/why can’t you just stay.”
“Maybe (Girlie)” almost felt like a different band at points. They utilize electronic drums and synths. The vibe at first is sort of this lo-fi bedroom pop. That being said the band does transition to a more rock based sound. I thought the transitions were fairly seamless and I liked the way they combined two different aesthetics into one song.
Last up is “Five Cigarettes” which is a bit of a slow burn. The song is certainly the most nostalgic sounding out of the batch. I thought this might be the most vocal performance as well. The vocalist sounds good with a little bit of pain behind his voice.
The album had home recordings which were lo-fi. I thought besides a couple moments the recordings sounded good for the style they were going for.
Overall, there’s a good amount to appreciate and I thought this was a solid release. The band is young and hopefully this is just the start. I look forward to hearing more.
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