Gus Dapperton originally released “Palms” as part of Orca, his second album, in September 2020. This month, he’s brought us a reworked version of the song featuring LA-based rapper Channel Tres, as his first release of 2021.
With Tres’ addition, “Palms” becomes an indie hip-hop hybrid that is an absolute pleasure to listen to. It’s a lazy, Summer afternoon track in which glittering synths, a light, fun guitar riff, and soaring, layered background vocals create a colorful and textured foundation for Tres’ rhythmic, thoughtful verses.
In a press statement, Dapperton says of working with Tres:
“I’m a huge fan of Channel and thought he would sound perfect on "Palms". I was so excited when he said he was down to do it and even more excited when I heard what his verse was sounding like. We met a while back at one of his shows and had a fun time hanging afterwards. So glad it's come full circle."
While this is the first time the two have collaborated on a track, they did link up for this month’s episode of Dapperton’s monthly Spotify playlist, Cumulonimbus, for which both contributed a selection of hand-picked songs.
Orca was written by Dapperton while on tour in 2018. In an interview with Uproxx, Dapperton spoke about the origin of the album, stating it’s about “feeling trapped, depressed, and having these people and unconditional forces of love in your life that reel you back in”. Orca is filled with peaks and valleys, and while some songs on the album focus on themes of pain and suffering, there is also an undertone of healing and redemption throughout.
This new version of “Palms” was released as a single on April 7, and was self-produced by Dapperton.