Where do we even begin with the whimsical new release from global artist Grimson? It’s odd, eccentric, poignant, and artistically visionary. “Household” is propelled by a striking through-composed string quartet arrangement supplemented by sparse piano and light percussion, while softly beckoning lead vocals and a lofted upper harmony carry us along on a metaphorical fantasy adventure fit for any children's book.
A kaleidoscope of influences are revealed in the track’s composition, approach, and tone, from the airy symphonic pop sounds of Electric Light Orchestra's “Mr. Blue Sky” to the psychedelic cacophony of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” plus unique music video art vaguely reminiscent of classic late 1960s animated styles, like The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film and sketches from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Yet amid a mélange of sonic and visual curiosities, the musical and graphic motifs are treated ever so delicately, such that the sobering narrative is never lost. With dissonant overtones in the strings and disquieting visuals, the message’s ominous conclusion flies straight and true, like a poison arrow to the heart.
Grimson - Household