words by tom johnson
“I always wanted to write an album that sounds like a funeral and a wedding at the same time,” Koichi Yamanoha – aka Grimm Grimm – says of his new record, Girnomous, released at the end of this month. “I wanted to create something intimate and each album is like a different road trip I’ve taken; all with exit doors leading to the next story. It is like a warning letter to the older and younger version of me.”
Presented as a tumbling mass of influence and genres, the new record is a thrilling tour-de-force, something exemplified by the album’s title track, which we’re very pleased to share here alongside a suitably eerie new video – which you can watch below.
Feeling immediately warm, in spite (or because of?) of its idiosyncrasies, the track makes for a beautiful five-minutes of subdued, experimental-pop. Underpinned by a melancholy that feels distinctly difficult to place, ‘Ginormous’ finds stable footing between oddness and affection, the final minute or so unravelling like a skewed take on a lighter-held-aloft coda, made for all of us to sway along to, arm in ghostly arm.
Another marvellous concoction, it further whets the appetite for the full album – which gets a launch party at London’s Cafe Oto on February 27th (full details here) amid a few more UK dates which you can find below.
Ginormous is released 28th February, via Tip Top Recordings
Feb 6th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Feb 7th – The Rose Hill, Brighton
Feb 20th – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
Feb 21st – The Dorothy Pax, Sheffield
Feb 22nd – Purple Turtle, Reading
Feb 27th, Cafe Oto, London
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