Heartbreak Never Sounded So Good With soyboi's Single, "Cactus Plant"



Returning to BuzzMusic with another expressive yet powerful tune, we're heavily impressed with the precision and skill within soyboi's latest single, "Cactus Plant." Known as (or not known as) an anonymous artist who writes music surrounding themes he's hesitant to talk about, hearing a track from soyboi is always a blessing as he brings such vulnerability that reaches out for listeners to hold on tight.


His latest single "Cactus Plant" inhibits this Mac DeMarco-type feel with vibrant synth progressions and a sweltering electro-pop sensation. Not to mention his clever and heartfelt lyricism of attempting to forget someone while the last thing they leave behind is their dreaded "Cactus Plant."


As the track begins, these celestial and spacey synth progressions take the lead and brighten the song with powerful melodies. As the verse kicks in, the instrumentals settle into a muffled beat and a riveting bassline. soyboi begins serenading someone with distant memories of happier times, yet he stays haunted by them through the succulent they've left behind. With added piano and distant flute, the instrumentals are so broad and never fail to keep the listener's undivided attention.


To put it in the simplest of terms, this track delivers a thrilling ambiance through the meticulous production, soyboi's intoxicating vocals, and his deep lyricism.



What have you been up to since your previous interview with us? Has quarantine kept you in a musical state of mind?


I've been up to a lot! I'm getting ready to do my first live stream performance on Instagram live. So I've been setting up a light show and figuring out how to make it all sound and look good. Quarantine has absolutely kept me in a musical state of mind. I kind of liked staying home and making music anyway, so now I have an excuse. I'm very lucky in that way. 


How did you come up with the clever lyricism for your single "Cactus Plant"? What inspired you to express such a vulnerable message yet in such a poised way?


Well, like most of my songs, it just came from something that actually happened. I was sitting around in quarantine and I kept finding myself looking at that damn plant. Which immediately made me think of the person who left it with me. I then thought about how interesting it would be to write a song about that. I always like literature that on the surface is about one thing, but really if you read into it, it's about something a lot deeper. 


Why did you choose to fill the instrumentals on "Cactus Plant" with such a powerful celestial groove instead of something more down-tempo and emotional?


Well, like most of my songs, it just came from something that actually happened. I was sitting around in quarantine and I kept finding myself looking at that damn plant. Which immediately made me think of the person who left it with me. I then thought about how interesting it would be to write a song about that. I always like literature that on the surface is about one thing, but really if you read into it, it's about something a lot deeper. 


Seeing as you're recognized by being an anonymous artist, do you plan on staying unknown your entire career? Might you warm up to revealing your identity and standing in your music's power someday?


At the moment, yes, I plan on staying anonymous. There's a power in anonymity. I love the ability to write about whatever I want to, even if it's really devastating. I have no fear of people judging me or looking at me sideways. I can say anything and no one will know it's me. That's an amazing thing to be able to do as an artist. I think maybe years down the line I'll reveal who I am. But, I think who I am, misses the point of the music. I don't matter. Being able to express myself and talk about anything - even things people are afraid to talk about - matters to me. 


What has been keeping you inspired in 2020?


2020 is an interesting time. There are few moments in history where the entire world has a singular shared experience that everyone can relate to. I think that's in a way inspiring. For better or for worse. It's been really cool to see how people have been inspired to create, whether it's short films, poems, TikTok's, youtube videos, paintings, dance, etc. I'm just trying to make the best of it, because, at the end of the day, I can't change the fact that we're in a worldwide epidemic. But I can focus on the things I can affect. I think that focus has been crucial to staying optimistic, realistic, and inspired. 

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