LARKIN GRIMM Parplar
Word Magazine UK | JAMES MEDO
Dark fairytales from introspective one-woman folk covern
Larkin Grimm is a teepee-dwelling, shoeless Yale graduate who comes from the same deep immersion end of the nu-folk spectrum as Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. She has none of those two’s hippy tweeness, despite sharing Banhart’s weakness for tolerance-testing freeform scrabbling and Newsom’s taste for unicorns and squeaky voices. Anyone who likes the sound of spooky backwoods banjo-plucking and witchy sensual cooing and purring will find lots to like in Parplar. Particularly fine are the sprightly, earthy Dominican Rum, all of them much the better for Grimm’s fearsome intensity.