Saturday, 4 July 2015

#472: Grimm Grimm - Hazy Eyes Maybe

Occasionally fractured and almost always fragile, the debut solo album from Koichi Yamanoha quite possibly poses more questions than it answers. Having left his former band the psych-punk trio Screaming Tea Party behind, Hazy Eyes Maybe sees Yamanoha forgoing the noise and chaos of his previous venture in favour of a subtler, more nuanced approach to his craft. Inspired equally by his interest in classical music, as well as his preoccupation with dreams and memories, Hazy Eyes Maybe is a wistful and often melancholic record which doesn’t so much run towards its conclusion as gently meanders; the soft twists and turns mirroring perfectly the machinations of Yamanoha’s mind.