Little Grim release debut EP ‘Pink Skin / Blue Bruise’

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The time has finally arrived, Little Grim have released their debut EP ‘Pink Skin / Blue Bruise’.

The south-London quartet released a string of singles since 2017 to form an exciting collection of coming-of-age tunes. ‘Pink Skin / Blue Bruise’ deals with the passions and pitfalls of entering adulthood in a vibrant, violent city.

First track ‘Infectious’ is probably the band’s most minimalistic single to date with a brand of off-kilter electronic beats. Little Grim’s concrete rhythmic beats and inspiring indie pop tunes to a much darker place.

‘Play Nice’ and ‘Silence’ need little explanations. Both rated 10/10 by you via the ICM Hub, the alt pop, psychedelic masterpieces are the band’s best works to date. ‘Play Nice‘ pairs delicate vocals with the groove of the low-fi bass line and ‘Silence‘ is a hazy slice of smooth dream-pop fuseing penetrating lyricism and psychedelic riffs with infectious, floor-filling beats.

New track ‘Exit Light’ is written from the perspective of a Patrick Bateman-esque psychopath following a twisted lyrical theme of silver screen dreams and some troubling, sinister undertones. This is married up with a melancholy punch of guitar and saxophone that plays with the listener long after the song has finished.

Final song ‘Hoodie’ is a remastered version of their debut single that sees the “heartbreak” track more polished off with Cold War Kids like vocals to pack a loud punch.

Talking about the EP, lead singer Joe Murphy, said: “I’m not great at communicating my feelings in person and music is a way for me to package the emotions up into something I can look at from a distance, however mysterious or strange it may feel afterwards.

“This EP is a real reflection of that. It’s a snapshot of some scary transitional moments in life – a rough break up, losing my job, being emotionally overwhelmed by city life – and translated them into something that helps me understand them better.

“The name ‘Pink Skin / Blue Bruise’ comes from the lyric in Infectious, the opening track. The words are about intimacy turning manipulative and abusive, but not necessarily physically. It’s about a bitter sting that leaves a pain running inside you, which inevitably bubbles to the surface.”

See Little Grim live this Friday, April 12th at Paper Dress Vintage for the EP release party. TICKETS HERE

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  • Powerful Alt Pop
  • Nice rock and psych elements
  • Good variety in songs

Summary

Little Grim have released a string of singles since 2017 to form an exciting collection of coming-of-age tunes. 'Pink Skin / Blue Bruise' deals with the passions and pitfalls of entering adulthood in a vibrant, violent city.
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