Cactus Flower is one of those bands that’s reminiscent of a ‘60s era group. The cover art of their latest album Magic Hour shows this ten-fold. This is the first full-length album from the Halifax natives who sport a psychedelic country vibe.
It isn’t just the look of the album, but its contents that confirm it: it’s a folksy, ‘60s-inspired kind of song. “Darkest Hour” sounds like the kind of song that would play during the opening credits to a children’s show in the late ‘90s. It’s cutesy, which isn’t usually my style, but it’s palatable in its “lovey-doveyness”. The vocals by Jess Lewis are soft as is her guitar style – you almost expect her to start singing about the environment.
What’s interesting is how the sound phases into something different at given points. When the line switches to “gone too far”, it switches to a mock Middle-Eastern type sound. It’s folk to the core, for sure.