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Younghusband + Grimm Grimm
Younghusband first emerged in 2011 as one of a crop of so-called neo-psych bands. Under a canopy of reverb and phase, they could be heard hunting for escape routes from the played-out circus of British rock. While their debut album Dromes defined a scene, their latest LP Dissolver sets them aside.
Dissolver takes in a wide sweep of guitar music and focuses it into a precisely individual proposition; a sound unto itself that nonetheless garners comparisons with Elliott Smith, The Shoes, and Big Star. It is slated for release in October 2015 on ATP Recordings.
Having inked the map wet with tours and appearing alongside the likes of Pond, LOOP, Slowdive, Bo Ningen and Toy, in February the band upped sticks to Bristol for two weeks, feeling the need to free themselves from London’s neurotic social circuitry. Robert Hampson from LOOP – not a band you’d associate with this kind of stripped-back, pristine audio – was given the job of recording and mixing the album, facilitating the space for its harmonic progressions and melodic ideas to breathe.
The band have markedly expanded their horizons, assiduously refining their sound and pushing themselves beyond their previous work. They could have expected a struggle for orientation but instead circumvented the difficult second album cliché, producing something which feels utterly effortless.
Listen to ‘Better Times’ below:
Plus support from GRIMM GRIMM
London-based musician, Koichi Yamanoha – the former frontman of cult psychedelic-punk group Screaming Tea Party, has branched out on his own under the moniker of Grimm Grimm. Yamanoha’s new project is a platform for him to explore new realms of sounds, in his honest and sometimes innocent style, which mixes otherworldly baroque pop and psychedelic folk.
Born in Tokyo, Yamanoha’s stirring live performances have captured an essence of Japan and confession. His control over different equipment on stage – guitar, synthesizer, and a range of effects pedals – is nothing short of masterful.
Even in the relatively early stages of development, Grimm Grimm has been asked to play alongside the likes of Dinosaur Jr, Damo Suzuki and Simon Finn, as well as invited to collaborate with Bo Ningen, Serafina Steer and Le Volume Courbe.
With the release of the debut Grimm Grimm LP, Hazy Eyes Maybe scheduled for early June of this year on ATP Recordings – as well as an appearance at the ATP Iceland festival and ATP 2.0 festival in November curated by Jake and Dinos Chapman – 2015 is set to be a pivotal year for Grimm Grimm as he continues to blur the boundaries of genre according to his own distinct outlook.
Listen to ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’ below: