TRACK PREMIERE: HARMLESS “NOTICE ME”
L.A.’s Harmless (Nacho Cano) has a lot of raw experience finding creativity within adversity—within agony, really, as he painstakingly put together January’s Condiciones EP in the aftermath of an especially brutal car accident. (“I started recording many of the songs while I couldn’t use my legs. I waited to record most of the vocals because I had lost my front teeth,” he told Remezcla.) His latest “Notice Me” (like so many new songs) is an invention born from the tension of quarantine and the sudden solitude that demands its own kind of relearning. The pain here thankfully isn’t nearly as literal, but “Notice Me” is still a response to realizing the future you thought you’d have has been indefinitely postponed. Says Cano:
“[‘Notice Me’] was inspired by getting engaged and then being stuck in quarantine. I wanted to write a song about the general feeling of longing, as well as finding the right person to love. After listening to ‘Death of a Salesman,’ I was also moved to write a song about a Casanova finally falling in love with someone that doesn’t notice them. I think I had a lot of those feelings before I found my future-wife. I just didnt have a chance to elaborate on them until I had nothing else to do but sit with them.”
“Notice Me” is missing the AOR-y midnight-in-the-city saxophone (by Dan Gonzáles Hernandez) that gave Condiciones‘ melancholy its sharpest edge, but otherwise it fits exactly against EP closer “Para Poder Lloar.” Plenty of people love to talk about California’s beaches, but “Notice Me” is California’s early morning: grey turning to pink and blue as light dissolves the night. Behind that crystalline synth and Cano’s understated vocals is the same emptiness that must’ve first inspired the song—the silence that comes after asking if anyone else is out there and lasts until there’s an answer. “Notice Me” is out now, and you can visit Harmless here.