“Manila Palm” is vocal sample-driven progressive electronica that is atmospheric and ethereal to start, and builds into something other-worldly and groovy-as-hell. It’ll have your body moving of its own accord midway through.
This song is a sonic journey of melody-laden beats and percussion with a definite shimmering, twinkling, rounded edge. There’s a spaciousness in its progressive style that exudes freedom and expansion, with a vaguely tribal element that really drives the track home.
All of this is emphasized in the music video, which is beautifully shot and directed, and features a juxtaposition of scenes that move seamlessly from naturalistic outdoor environments and animals to cityscapes and rooftops - both of which feature groups of people dancing together to the beat of “Manila Palm.” The same Japanese girl is featured in both, as she tries to find her place in the world.
The bulk of the song is made up of its crescendo, bookmarked on either end by slow, pretty, almost haunting lighter notes. It’s supple, laidback, and moody. It’s mysterious for sure, but therein lies its beauty.
Parra for Cuva’s new album Juno was released on July 16th 2021.