Producer and musical artist Cactus Erectus has released a fourth full-length album, The Void Tapes, bringing a relatively chilling allure to a lengthy discography. Introspective and mildly disconcerting, this one seems a little perfect for a morning coffee scenario.
Sounding like the soundtrack to the deep dark void that is existence, Cactus Erectus doesn’t stray far from a specific soundscape for this latest release. The Void Tapes lends itself heavily to a homogenous sound; rarely accenting diversity and relying greatly on a gently progressive feel. However soothing, this can sometimes be a dangerous game to play, because lacking substance can drive away listeners that are looking for something exciting to obsess over. Needless to say, this isn’t the only focus on music-making but if the artist in question is looking for a growing fan base, this might not be the best avenue to go down. I find myself leaning towards the search bar on YouTube and wanting to type in “chillhop” or “study music” instead of deep-diving into the niche of Cactus Erectus.
All track names on this record are absolutely unique and awesome. A few examples, and my personal favourites, are “The Repetitive Recurring Sensation of a Tangled Universe,” “Dude Literally Punches a Witch in the Back of the Head,” and “Everybody is gangsta until they gotta throw the white lodge hand sign.” That last one is right about where I want to have some of what Cactus Erectus is having.
You’d think there would be more difference in tracks but I’m totally here and enthusiastic for all weirdness. Even having very similar sounding songs, the entirety of the album flows well and has a good overall mood without sounding too repetitive. Certain moments of discomfort can be found but art is always a work in progress, and where you have intention (especially weird intention) you have effective art.
Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate