Initially sounding like âa sped-up Can,â Fimbres describes the material on the bandâs upcoming debutârecorded in a cabin in Zigzag, Ore., under certain, um, mycological influencesâas âmore bombastic but really intricate, like a psychedelic woven tapestry.â
At one point, Fimbresâ globe-trotting dance band was Portlandâs sweatiest live act. Although on indefinite hiatus, the group is releasing a long-delayed album on cassette this year.
Featuring Fimbres alone with his drum set, accompanied by dubby textures, the occasional flute solo and whatever else happens to pop into his head, P/U/C is his most loose-limbed, freeform project. North West Coast Music, an album-length dedication to his wife coming out this month, is the solo ventureâs most cohesive statement yet, Fimbres says.
One of Fimbresâ personal favorites is this tripped-out soul-pop group featuring members of Vellela Vellela and Point Juncture, WA, a baritone ukelele and Fimbres on timbales. It rarely performs live. âEveryone in that band is in every other band,â he says.
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
Introducing the Pacific Northwest to the national rhythm of Colombia (and a bit of its fuzz-toned Peruvian variation, chicha), Fimbres and his orchestraâheâs got horns, accordion and traditional percussionâplay cumbias from the 1950s and â60s, with little modern affectation. âI love knowing weâre playing this music that was created in a different part of the world at a different time,â he says, âand that a fresh breath of air is being blown into it.â