Yarimir Cabán (Mima) bravely embraces change as one of the defining features of her music, constantly exploring and reinterpreting her craft. A vanguard artist and pillar in the Puerto Rican alt-music scene, Mima represents both the struggle and viability of the independent musician in Puerto Rico. Over the past years since the release of her first album she has sold out concerts both in and out of Puerto Rico, often producing every aspect of the event, from the look and feel of the promotional material to the intricacies of each musical arrangement.
Mima’s self-titled 2005 premier has crept into quite a few iTunes libraries since its release. Looking back now, it’s no suprise that her first record has reached so many ears. Her sound has a familiar quality, like something that’s been with you for years, but with a delivery so rare and honest that you know you’ve never heard anything like it before.
A lot has happened since that first musical groundbreaking. Experimenting with new sounds and textures both live and in the studio, Mima offers forth a powerful new record, a poetic synthesis of Caribbean rhythms, Afroamerican soul, and southern psychedelia. Skillfully weaving the romanticism of traditional folk and Neo-Caribbean sounds with a DIY approach, Mima offers up a dark and powerful work, one that takes the listener on a constantly changing journey, sometimes soothing, at others shockingly irreverent, as it navigates a new kind of Caribbean landscape. Recorded in a bedroom in a small coastal town near San Juan, and mixed in Texas by Stuart Sikes (Whites Stripes/Cat Power/Loretta Lynn), El Pozo is a supersonic road trip, timelessly rooted in Latin American tradition, combining magical storytelling with expert musicianship to create a shockingly expressive musical narrative.