Larkin Grimm – Soul Retrieval

January 01, 1970

(Bad Bitch)


Feisty and free-spirited, Larkin Grimm’s lack of constraint
could be attributed to the fact that she was raised in the communal environs of
a hippie religious cult and later took an equally adventurous turn in studying
on a full art scholarship at Yale. Her latest album continues to demonstrate
her quirky nu-folk flair, graced by an assist from legendary British producer
Tony Visconti, whose collaborations with David Bowie, T-Rex, Strawbs, Moody
Blues and Mary Hopkin helped make him a marquee name.


As always, Grimm throws an eclectic assortment of
instrumentation into the mix – harp, mandolin, violin, reeds, recorders and all
matter of celestial sounds – turning Soul
into a theatrical mish mash that’s clever and yet
self-conscious, without special regard to adhering to any particular genre. Yet
for all the surreal circumstance, Grimm remains remarkably chirpy, her vocals
soaring serendipitously on a song like “Without a Body or a Numb and Useless Mind” while
avoiding the distraction of the swirling and swaying taking place below.
There’s not a whole lot that’s hum-worthy here – titles like “Flash and Thunder came to
Earth” and “Living in a Pool Of Milk” make that notion obvious at
the outset — but Grimm guarantees some intriguing indulgence regardless.



DOWNLOAD: “Without a Body or a Numb
and Useless Mind,” “Flash and Thunder came to Earth” LEE

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