Monday, February 9, 2009
Larkin Grimm - "Parplar" CD
Simultaneously earthy, exotic, witchy, weird, whimsical, and boldly individual, beguiling mystical mountain folkstress Larkin Grimm's past is speckled with odd juxtapositions. She was raised communally in Tennessee and Georgia, was 'educated' at Yale, and left to pursue her own personal muse, which found her exploring locales as disparate as Alaska, Guatemala, and Thailand. It was in Olympia, Washington where she met a Cherokee shaman and gained a greater wisdom of the world, and thus her journey as a musician began. So the story goes. But that can be further read about elsewhere.
Origins aside, 'Parplar' is Larkin Grimm's first wide-profile release, and it shines with a distinctive voice that channels both earth-mother and murderous destroyer. It's a wise and bold set of world-inspired tunes that invoke the musical embodiment of Kali herself (witness the incantational protection mantra 'Durge' for evidence).
'They Were Wrong' begins the journey with a sensitive, earth-wise, and wide-eyed little girl's voice, albeit with a barely-submerged hint of desperate and revengeful spite. It's deep, dark, and lovely, and only hints at the possibilities that are to follow.
'Dominican Rum' is a catchy and upbeat Appalachian folk song, albeit laced with venomous ruminations and what could be seen as environmental commentary. 'Minou Minou' is a frantic bit of Indian-inspired weird-folk, and 'All The Pleasures' showcases her finger-picking proficiency well, with a down-home and ethereal vibe. Larkin Grimm's deep and dark lyrics aren't for the prudish, as she attacks the wrongs of man without remorse or fear, and her channelling of gaia's essence isn't hippie or Bonnaroo as much as it is timeless eco-warrior, liberator, and ancient soul. Larkin Grimm's is a voice that needs to be heard, more than ever in these times of environmental and social/cultural upheaval. (Young God)
Larkin Grimm site