Harmless, a project that found searing new clarity after a brutal car accident and a traumatic break-up left him nearly unmoored. So naturally he took that moment to discover a new direction, and now he's got an EP coming and here's a single—the deceptively lush "Rajas," which matches some fearlessly intimate revelation to effervescent production and some lovingly reverbed saxophone. It's not quite pop, but it's got all the personality it could possibly fit. Says Cano:" /> L.A. Record

TRACK PREMIERE: HARMLESS “RAJAS”

September 26th, 2018 | Listen

Nacho Cano performs as Harmless, a project that found searing new clarity after a brutal car accident and a traumatic break-up left him nearly unmoored. So naturally he took that moment to discover a new direction, and now he’s got an EP coming and here’s a single—the deceptively lush “Rajas,” which matches some fearlessly intimate revelation to effervescent production and some lovingly reverbed saxophone. It’s not quite pop, but it’s got all the personality it could possibly fit. Says Cano:

“Rajarse, rajas, is a word most commonly used in Mexico as a way of expressing bailing or opening oneself up. ‘Se rajo la fiesta y nos dejo solos / He bailed the party and left us alone.’ Octavio Paz in his book The Labyrinth of Solitude, talks about how to ‘rajarse’ is also a verb that describes someone opening up emotionally. Rajas is a Mexican dish made of potatoes, milk, and spicy peppers. The person is symbolically the pepper and they slice themselves into pieces in order to be open. In the context of this song and EP, it marks the end of my time with someone and my feelings while they are unable to do the same for me. I bailed and I’m opening myself up even though they couldn’t do (rajarse) the same for me.”