Based out of London, Cactii is made up of childhood friends, Max and Nick, who lost touch over the years and have recently come back together for their two-piece chilled pop project. While Max went on to focus on his solo music, Nick played in a few up-and-coming bands in Leeds. Both wanting a change, Nick phoned Max about moving to London. Six months after touching down in London, quarantine happened. During that time, jam sessions and writing sessions ensued and their chemistry became so effortless, they knew they needed to form a band.
The fruits of their labor have just recently resulted in their second-ever single, “We Almost Made It,” which CE is proud to premiere today, September 25. Landing as an infectious indietronica tune that touches down in chill dance-pop territory, the vibrant and colorful single was written about “past breakups and relationships that never got the chance to start,” according to Cactii. “The song is sung from both perspectives, featuring the amazing Danielle Santilli from Los Angeles singing main vocals,” the duo continues.
A product of quarantine reflections, “We Almost Made It” was written and recorded in a home studio just outside of London. The song’s soft textures, light-hearted inflections, and atmospheric breaks create the perfect foundation for Santilli’s angelic vocals to glide smoothly across. With sonic touches that range from ambient, organic house, and indie-electronic, this track crosses so many genres that it’s hard to pin down where Cactii’s sound resides. It’s a quality that makes great music great music. Don’t be surprised to be seeing these two open for the likes of ODESZA, Big Wild, or Lane 8 one day down the line.
With influences ranging from Kasbo, San Holo, and RÜFÜS DU SOL to M83, Tourist, and JMAC, the sounds of Cactii are sure to fill the hearts and minds of electronic dance music enthusiasts very soon. Keep an eye out for Max and Nick.