Now based in London, formerly Screaming Tea Party’s vocalist Koichi Yamanoha delivers a cinematic and experimental sound through his new solo-project under the name Grimm Grimm.
Following his debut ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’ released by Pickpocket Records – owned by the shoegaze god, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) -, the sophomore album ‘Cliffhanger’ leds a soft psychedelic revolution, melting the folk-inspired acoustics, a common motif which defines his work, to layers of effects and harmonies.
As he recalls: «The mood I wanted to create for this album was the feeling of standing in a floating junction of the past, present and future at the same time, something like hearing the sound of singing into the future. I wanted to try and create something timeless that stands alone as itself, something like those old nursery rhymes where people hum the melody, but no one really knows who wrote it.»
Baroque folk, futurist lyricism and electroacoustic oddities characterize this new experimental work.There are opaque, semi-conscious pop deconstructions such as ‘Afraid‘ or ‘Take Me Down to Coney Island’ as well as daydream songs such as ‘Ballad of a Cell Membrane‘ comparable to the sonic fragility of Syd Barrett‘s later recordings and the cosmic folk leanings of Vashti Bunyan.
‘Orange Coloured Everywhere‘ and ‘Diagonal Green‘ take their cues from early Radiophonic Workshop experiments, detuned organs and gauzy field recordings awash, akin to the acid washed pop of Animal Collective. At its most abstract Cliffhanger is a sonic soundscape evocative of the soundtrack music of a 1960’s John Frankenheimer thriller, these are set in contrast with touching and expansive minimal acoustic ballads included here. ‘Still Smiling‘, ‘Final World War‘ and Yamanoha’s cover of The Misfit’s ‘Hybrid Movement‘ are highlights on an LP which is both nostalgic and contemporary in equal measure.
Cliffhanger has some star guest turns, Shayou features synth tones from Kohhei Matsuda of cult noise rock band Bo Ningen plus vocals from Charlotte Courbe (Le Volume Courbe). Other guests include singer Dee Sada who appears on the title track Cliffhanger. The album was mixed in Berlin by producer Goh Nakada.