By Paul Nern, Contributor
Gus Dapperton released a new version of “Palms”, originally from his latest album Orca which released on AWAL Recordings last year. The reworked single features LA-based artist-producer and rapper Channel Tres and premiered on Vans’s “Channel 66” livestream.
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“I’m a huge fan of Channel and thought he would sound perfect on ‘Palms’,” said Dapperton in a press release. The two met after one of Channel’s shows and reportedly hit it off right away. Gus went on to say that he was “glad it’s come full circle” about the two artists collaborating. The newest track, which essentially replaces Gus’s verses with Channel’s, creates a indie-hip hop hybrid sure to please the ear.
Orca was written by Dapperton while on tour in 2018. Although he was thrilled to be performing for his fans, he could not quite escape the fatigue that comes with constant traveling. “I was unbalanced” Dapperton said via press release. “I wasn’t getting eight hours of sleep a night, I was drinking and doing drugs often. Wasn’t eating healthy. And on top of it, I was performing” he explained further. Because of this, Orca sees highs and lows and explores not only themes of “pain and suffering”, but also “healing and redemption.” Listen to Orca here.
Gus Dapperton first made headway in his music career back in 2016. He recorded hits like “I’m just snacking” from his bedroom in upstate New York. His first studio album Where Polly People Go to Read was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. The success of this record helped create the momentum to launch the world tours that would lead to the release of Orca.
Check out “Palms with Channel Tres”: