Miss Cantaloupe drops 'Beets Begin to Rise' with Clear Vision

by Beck Macey

Miss Cantaloupe drops 'Beets Begin to Rise' with Clear Vision

Concept albums are a brave task when creating a vision and a theme for your music. For Miss Cantaloupe, the new album Beets Begin to Rise is the essence of what a strong concept album strives to be. The self-described Fairy Fronted Dream Pop band dropped a new album on Tuesday May 25th with quite the collection of songs.

The title track and single “Flowers Flowers” opens with music that can only be described as coming from the fantasy realm. While there is also a clear influence from early 70’s psychedelia rock in association with bands like The West Coast Pop Experiment and Jefferson Airplane, Miss Cantaloupe carves out their own unique sound that is truly doing something different and yet distinctly DIY.

As “Flowers Flowers” comes to a close the song warps into hyper speed as the bass and flute come through in a cyclical trippy conclusion that ends with leading singer or “fairy” Christina Klaproth advancing the plot of the concept with the words “bubbling cauldron a blitz and a blaze creates a concoction that’s potent for days”. “Flowers Flowers” leaves the listener intrigued, somewhat confused, but interested in continuing on the adventure into “Come to us”.

“Come to us”, the second track, then feels like we have officially started our journey through the portal that will take us into this fantasy realm, where we might get a glimpse of said fairies. Heavy on the synths, but overall a strong track the conclusion of this song transitions well then into one of my favorite tracks on the album “Mushroom Meadow Smiles”. This is when the album really picks up and adds undeniably unique theatrics, as just around the two minutes and thirty seconds mark, we are interrupted with the line “step right up through the portal”. The interspersed nearly musical theatre lines of this album truly change the experience of the album from a souly audio to imaginative visual experience.

“Mushroom Meadow Smiles” is followed by “Starlily” a song that reminds me heavily of “Good Morning Starshine” from Hair as its dreamy melody feels like waking up in a meadow while the sun beats down brightly. The second half of the album features my other two favorite songs

“Don’t Go Little Doe” and “Breathe” these two songs propel the story forward as the fairy realm’s world gets painted to include a forest filled with fields and mystical energy. Before the album is over we get two more strong tracks “Sunshine Daydream” a guitar and keys heavy penultimate tune with some classical elements interspersed with repetitive vocal patterns and some possible electric cello.

The album then concludes with “Lava Girl’s Lullaby” a sweet tune that rolls along and concludes the journey through our fantasy world and puts us to bed. Overall, Beets Begin to Rise is an absolutely fun and joyful listen that could easily be enjoyed by a range of music fans. While it’s a little out there, it’s also uniquely special and I would absolutely recommend it. Beets Begin to Rise is out everywhere now with music videos of “Flowers Flowers” “Starlily” “Come to Us” and “Mushroom Meadow Smiles” up on their YouTube page.

Miss Cantaloupe drops 'Beets Begin to Rise' with Clear Vision

by Beck Macey

Miss Cantaloupe drops 'Beets Begin to Rise' with Clear Vision

Concept albums are a brave task when creating a vision and a theme for your music. For Miss Cantaloupe, the new album Beets Begin to Rise is the essence of what a strong concept album strives to be. The self-described Fairy Fronted Dream Pop band dropped a new album on Tuesday May 25th with quite the collection of songs.

The title track and single “Flowers Flowers” opens with music that can only be described as coming from the fantasy realm. While there is also a clear influence from early 70’s psychedelia rock in association with bands like The West Coast Pop Experiment and Jefferson Airplane, Miss Cantaloupe carves out their own unique sound that is truly doing something different and yet distinctly DIY.

As “Flowers Flowers” comes to a close the song warps into hyper speed as the bass and flute come through in a cyclical trippy conclusion that ends with leading singer or “fairy” Christina Klaproth advancing the plot of the concept with the words “bubbling cauldron a blitz and a blaze creates a concoction that’s potent for days”. “Flowers Flowers” leaves the listener intrigued, somewhat confused, but interested in continuing on the adventure into “Come to us”.

“Come to us”, the second track, then feels like we have officially started our journey through the portal that will take us into this fantasy realm, where we might get a glimpse of said fairies. Heavy on the synths, but overall a strong track the conclusion of this song transitions well then into one of my favorite tracks on the album “Mushroom Meadow Smiles”. This is when the album really picks up and adds undeniably unique theatrics, as just around the two minutes and thirty seconds mark, we are interrupted with the line “step right up through the portal”. The interspersed nearly musical theatre lines of this album truly change the experience of the album from a souly audio to imaginative visual experience.

“Mushroom Meadow Smiles” is followed by “Starlily” a song that reminds me heavily of “Good Morning Starshine” from Hair as its dreamy melody feels like waking up in a meadow while the sun beats down brightly. The second half of the album features my other two favorite songs

“Don’t Go Little Doe” and “Breathe” these two songs propel the story forward as the fairy realm’s world gets painted to include a forest filled with fields and mystical energy. Before the album is over we get two more strong tracks “Sunshine Daydream” a guitar and keys heavy penultimate tune with some classical elements interspersed with repetitive vocal patterns and some possible electric cello.

The album then concludes with “Lava Girl’s Lullaby” a sweet tune that rolls along and concludes the journey through our fantasy world and puts us to bed. Overall, Beets Begin to Rise is an absolutely fun and joyful listen that could easily be enjoyed by a range of music fans. While it’s a little out there, it’s also uniquely special and I would absolutely recommend it. Beets Begin to Rise is out everywhere now with music videos of “Flowers Flowers” “Starlily” “Come to Us” and “Mushroom Meadow Smiles” up on their YouTube page.