LA-Based CDMX-Born Bedroom Pop Artist HARMLESS Shares Love Song “It’s Only You”
August 18, 2023 BY Jason Currell
Today, gold-selling bedroom pop artist Harmless, aka Los Angeles-based, Mexico City-born songwriter/producer Nacho Cano opens up to his fans about his relationship with his candid indie R&B ballad, “It’s Only You.” Adding, “This song is about my wife. I wanted to tell my younger self about the part I played in getting married. My wife and I were friends for many years before we got together. After the accident, I felt very empty, but spending time with my then-friend Arianna made me feel whole. The song retells the moment I asked her to move to Los Angeles and be more than just friends: ‘So what do you want to do? Do you wanna be with me?’”
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The track follows the news that Harmless will join aughts indie art-pop darling and comeback kid Roar on their west coast tour, which launches on September 11th in San Diego at the Voodoo Room. The tour includes the Echoplex in Los Angeles, Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, and the Flipside Festival in Boise before wrapping in Phoenix at the Rebel Lounge on September 26th. A full list of dates can be found below.
“It’s Only You” follows the blissful single “Rosie,” bilingual “What U Want,” and the shoegazey “As I Lay Chillin.” Harmless draws inspiration not only from his wife but from life in America as an artist, an immigrant, and a person disabled by a crime. All new tracks were written in his small office-turned-home studio in Silverlake while reconciling with how his life has changed after he was almost killed by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident. They were co-produced by Yves Rothman at the iconic Sunset Sound.
Nacho grew up in Mexico before his family settled in San Diego. At 17-years-old, he developed an obsession with the “blog-o-sphere,” intently following the commentary of Pitchfork, Anthony Fantano, and more as a self-professed “early high school internet kid.” This obsession made him realize it was possible to make music of his own. Not long after gaining citizenship, his life took another series of dramatic turns. Even though his musical output was gaining traction, he still needed to hold down a day job. Riding his bike to work one morning, a drunk driver disregarded a stop sign, and left him practically in ruins. Hours upon hours of surgery followed as doctors rebuilt his spine and face.
As if by a stroke of well-earned luck, his anthem “Swing Lynn” organically exploded on TikTok. In between the jarring experience of the criminal trial for his accident, it picked up a Gold certification and scored nearly half-a-billion streams and counting. He maintained this momentum with the Mr. Baby EP  highlighted by “Nacho’s,” “Mrs. Moody,” and “Call Katie.” Simultaneously, he toured with Vacations, Wavves, and many more.
Stay tuned for more from Harmless soon.
9/11 San Diego, CA Voodoo Room +
9/12 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room +
9/13 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex +
9/14 Felton, CA Felton Music Hall +
9/15 Sacramento, CA Starlet Room +
9/16 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill +
9/19 Seattle, WA Vera Project +
9/20 Portland, OR Polaris Hall +
9/22 Boise, ID Flipside Festival
9/23 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court +
9/24 Denver, CO Moon Room +
9/25 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar +
9/26 Phoenix, AZ Rebel Lounge +