XIIIM and Poncho have shared a live unplugged performance video for XIIIM's single "Parachute". XIIIM is a Philly-based singer, guitarist, and producer, who frequently combines hip-hop, R&B, rock, and reggae into a sound he dubs "Rock & Flow". After partnering with Swaggertown Records, he has released a flurry of singles, including "Parachute", an emotive track that has been recreated live with simply a piano, performed by Poncho, and his vocals. It makes for a beautifully minimalistic and cohesive package of crystalline visuals and focused, thoughtful sonics.
The live recording of "Parachute" takes the original song to new heights (quite literally, as the lyrics describe falling from the sky). XIIIM's post-apocalyptic outfit and vocal performance add an eerie touch while Poncho's elegant, somber piano accompaniment brings a sense of melancholic beauty to the song. What's most impressive about this collaboration is the way in which both artists manage to enhance each other's strengths. XIIIM's vocals are heightened by Poncho's graceful instrumentation, while Poncho's piano playing is given a new context through the live performance.
Overall, "Parachute" is an organic collaboration between two talented artists who clearly understand their craft. The live recording is a reminder of the power of creative partnerships, and a testament to the potential of independent artists in the age of digital media.