Grimm Grimm – in session for Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music – February 23, 2020 – BBC
Grimm Grimm, the brainchild of Koichi Yamanoha in session for Marc Riley at BBC 6 Music, literally days before just about everywhere went into lockdown. It was also right at the time of the release of Ginmormous, which came out on the 29th. So a considerable amount of juggling and re-arranging took place, as well as all the live gigs being cancelled and rescheduled whenever life returned back to semi-normal. Slowly, around August of this year gigs slowly returned with all the precautions in place; masks, limited seating, social distancing, but live music has been a welcome sight and sound, especially during these times.
Eden Gillespie of Happymag.TV wrote a great piece on Grimm Grimm – here’s an excerpt to get you acquainted (if you aren’t already, but really need to be).
Based in London, Grimm Grimm’s sound is cinematic and experimental, with a unique raw quality, achieved by the folk-inspired acoustics, a common motif which defines his work. Koichi plays on contrasts, pairing the clarity of an acoustic guitar with hazy vocals and misty synths. True to the description of space folk, Grimm Grimm is the soundtrack of the sky. In his music, the clouds gradually change and his sound transitions from having the density of a heavy fog to an orb of clarity.
Many of Grimm Grimm’s songs are written in Japanese, and though I can’t speak the language, his words are easily translated through the tone of his sparkling guitar and breathy vocals. Grimm Grimm’s muse is most certainly his imagination, which is colourfully depicted throughout his music, each song representing an individual artwork carefully constructed by its artist.
Music and art share no distance, and are together a form of communication in Grimm Grimm’s work, which is largely experimental yet rings of a profound simplicity. Werner Herzog’s search for the ‘ecstatic truth’ lies at the pinnacle of Koichi’s music, along with an elaborate mix of inspirations such as water towers, ruins and aircrafts.
If you’re interested in a musical experience and journey into contemplation, he is currently performing at a bunch of different venues, with his most recent show taking place today at the Court Yard Theatre in London. Then you can catch him on summer tour with Le Volume Courbe.
Now all that’s left is to hit the play button and relax. Fingers crossed Grimm Grimm heads over to the U.S. for a stint. Send good thoughts.
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