Cut of the Day: Paper/Upper/Cuts, "Glacial Palms," ILLA KILLA YELLOW SPACE (Boomarm Nation)
In today’s musical landscape, the mashing of genres is not only customary, but also an expected occurrence by a generation of listeners that has grown fond of pushing the guidelines of what certain types of music ought to sound like. Ray Charles combining gospel with rhythm and blues was innovative at the time, but now seems pretty straightforward compared to the outlandish mishmash of sounds bands produce these days. Consequently, it has become increasingly difficult to create something that sounds “different," which is why the music of Portland’s Paper/Upper/Cuts is so intriguing.
A one-man show lead by Portland percussionist David “Papi” Fimbres, the project is an experimentation in sound that has lead to some refreshingly inventive results. One such result is “Glacial Palms,” the opener to Fimbres’ debut album under the P/U/C moniker. The track uses its light flute riffs and steel drums to transport the listener to some far off beach, away from all the harsh noises of the overpopulated world. Its unexpected synth line, although a change of pace from the organic layers of the other instruments, adds an electric current to the track’s otherwise smooth surface. As the song progresses, Fimbres slowly piles on more percussion and complex flute riffs, never allowing the track to become dull or repetitive.
I can’t remember the last time I heard something that sounded so distant, yet so gripping at the same time. It’s exotic flute music with an electric twist. It’s tropic bass mixed with Spanish jazz percussion. Whatever it is, it’s good.