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Lydian Water Songs

by Cactus Tractor

Let our shimmering kaleidoscope eyes refract love beams from our music souls straight into your funk face.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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1. Fan the Flames
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2. Goodbye Without a Kiss
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3. Two Ships
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4. I Don't Want to Get Hurt (By You Again)
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5. It's Crazy
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6. Winter
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7. Jelly Donut
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8. Woman Who's Torn
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9. I've Moved On
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10. Under the Sky
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11. Baby's Got the Blues
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12. Canyon
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Album Notes
Cult classics, these days, are so rarely written by or for cults. Cactus Tractor bucks this trend with their new second album, Lydian Water Songs. Based loosely around a reimagining of the ancient Lydian people—described musically but incompletely by Plato, Aristotle, and Aristides Quintilianus—Cactus Tractor fills in the lost musical and philosophical blanks with twelve new songs for up to fourteen different instruments playing all at once.

Nestled in the Rio Grande valley comfortably between the Sandias to the east and the five-volcano mesa to the west (over which you can almost see Arizona if you look hard enough), Cactus Tractor is a three-to-fourteen-piece musical ensemble in Albuquerque, NM. The band resignedly defies neat classification. For folk, they are too colorful. For pop, too classy. For classical, too gaudy. For disco, too earthy. For shoegaze, overshod. For house, too nomadic. Their music has been described as “progressive art folk,” “avant gypsy trance,” and “hippie bubblegum.” The band self-styles as “bohemian pop folk disco,” ostentatiously abbreviated “beaux-pop-faux-disc.”

Centered around the songwriting of three core members—David Bashwiner, Christy Cook, and Stef Graner—Cactus Tractor plays quiet acoustic shows with as few as these three (on guitar, ukulele, banjo, accordion, charango, hula horn, and washboard), and extravagant wild bashes with as many as fourteen (including Brandon Baca on guitar, Samuel Sullivan on harmonica, Michael Olivola on bass, Fernando Garavito on drums, Matt Breuer on trombone, Jordan Fredrick on trumpet, and Dustin Hunter on saxophone). Occasionally at gala events the string quartet is invited to join, consisting of Donna Bacon, Ryan Downs, Laura Steiner, and Ian Brody. Cactus Tractor warmly describes playing with the quartet as “swimming with dolphins.” The rhythm section describes playing with Cactus Tractor as “traumatizing but fun!”

Cactus Tractor is committed to fostering community in and around Albuquerque and to helping raise money for charity whenever possible. The band was founded initially in May of 2012 in order to perform songs written by Stef with artists at VSA Albuquerque with developmental disabilities. Since that time, Cactus Tractor has continued playing the songs written with members of VSA (two songs of which are on the current album), and has helped raise money for Arts Adventures, downs syndrome, Keshet Dance Company, and house rebuilding in Nepal. CT has also been featured at Southwest Regional Folk Alliance concerts (Santa Fe and Austin, 2014), at the Albuquerque Folk Festival (2015), and at Albuquerque’s Botanic Gardens (for over 1,300 people). Their recent CD release party at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque sold out, and will soon be released on video (filmed and edited by Michael Lopez).

Cactus Tractor is a proud member of the Humbird record label. All rights owned by Cactus Tractor. The album was recorded at A=443 Hz, in case you were wondering. Matthew Tobias was our engineer and drummer, and Empty House Studio was where the majority of the magic happened. Other magic happened at our house, which we call "Summer House" or "the 7-11." We love you! Thanks for reading all this junk. Produced by David Bashwiner. Photos by Kate Burn Photography.



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