Sisters Tal & Acacia grew up in Portland, Maine where their parents ran a home for troubled youth. Early on they learned their parent's philosophy on life- to make a difference on the planet. The sisters also spent a year in Russia where they got the chance to be culture shocked by the lifestyle difference between daily life in Russia and the United States.
It's from that culture shock experience that the messages found in the sister's debut release, 'Wake Me,' where born. The songs found on it take on the issue of living a principal based life, pulling on your inner spiritual strength and not being seduced by worldly trappings that are filled with false glitz & glimmer.
They chose the album's name, 'Wake Me,' because they hope that as people listen to its songs that they'll have a, 'splash of cold water' waking of their minds like effect on the listener.
The sister’s music, like their message, pulls in two different directions. They wanted to have a clean, almost acoustic sound, but they also wanted to add in electronic elements to keep it fresh and new sounding. They called on producer Monroe Jones (Third Day, Chris Rice, Ginny Owens), to help them accomplish this rather tough goal.
The sister’s music is very catchy and their vocal blends really work well on the songs. The songs are mostly pop in style with electronic elements, like digital percussion and synthesized bass, that at times gives them an almost dance vibe.
The sister's musical style has been compared to artist like, Sixpence None the Richer, Natasha Bedingfield and Norah Jones.
Highlight tracks include the hit single, "Garbage In." The song has an infectious sound that will quickly have you singing along. The song deals with the fact that the way we live our life is what we'll become. If we live a life seeking only worldly pleasures for ourselves then our spiritual life will become dead.
"Yahweh," is a nice melodic praise & worship track with lyrics that cry out to God, that He's all we'll ever need.
"Merry Go Round," is a summer feeling track that reminded me of being at a carnival with its wonderful Circus Calliope background sound that added a nice base layer for the song. The song deals with not getting stuck in a merry-go-round like cycle in your life.
My last highlight track is, "Love's Gonna Getcha," a mid-tempo song featuring plenty of hand claps. It talks about even when you're down and feel like giving up that God's love will never leave you and that even though you may feel worthless that God made you and knows that you're worth fighting for.
'Wake Me' is a solid debut release from sisters Tal & Acacia and should help to spread a good buzz about their music.