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EDITORS’ NOTES

Two years before releasing his 2012 debut EP, Explore, Southern California surfer and college student Yoodoo Park recorded songs in his bedroom for the sheer fun of it. But Park later realized he genuinely enjoyed listening to those songs when driving long stretches of freeway, so he decided to release seven of them under the GRMLN moniker. “Relax Yourself” opens with the electric 12-string jangle and demure boyish harmonies of early Beachwood Sparks, while contrasting sunny tones with melancholy melodies à la Beach Fossils. By the second song, “Depressions,” it’s evident that GRMLN has a thing for sonic nostalgia. From the period-correct flat-wound bass strings and vintage surf-guitar tones to the beach-blanket go-go beat and dreamy androgynous vocal harmonies, this song would sound right at home on a mix between Allah-Las and Sonny & The Sunsets. Rubbing against the antiquated grain, a programmed drum machine in “Coral” serves as the song’s sole anachronism, but it also gives the tune a sense of relevant indie innovation. Conversely, “Summer Nights” sounds right out of 1966.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two years before releasing his 2012 debut EP, Explore, Southern California surfer and college student Yoodoo Park recorded songs in his bedroom for the sheer fun of it. But Park later realized he genuinely enjoyed listening to those songs when driving long stretches of freeway, so he decided to release seven of them under the GRMLN moniker. “Relax Yourself” opens with the electric 12-string jangle and demure boyish harmonies of early Beachwood Sparks, while contrasting sunny tones with melancholy melodies à la Beach Fossils. By the second song, “Depressions,” it’s evident that GRMLN has a thing for sonic nostalgia. From the period-correct flat-wound bass strings and vintage surf-guitar tones to the beach-blanket go-go beat and dreamy androgynous vocal harmonies, this song would sound right at home on a mix between Allah-Las and Sonny & The Sunsets. Rubbing against the antiquated grain, a programmed drum machine in “Coral” serves as the song’s sole anachronism, but it also gives the tune a sense of relevant indie innovation. Conversely, “Summer Nights” sounds right out of 1966.

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About GRMLN

The noise pop project of Yoodoo Park, GRMLN incorporates the sunny, easygoing feel of his Southern Californian upbringing with nostalgia for his Japanese roots (he was born in Kyoto and returns to Japan each summer). Choosing the name GRMLN to highlight this feeling of disconnection, Park began writing and recording songs in 2010, fitting in their creation between surfing and attending the University of California Santa Cruz. His debut EP, the dreamy Explore, arrived in October of 2012; by the time he released his first full-length, Empire, in June 2013, Park had retooled GRMLN to accommodate a full-band lineup (which included his brother Tae San Park on bass and drummer Keith Frerichs), which was reflected in the album's punk-poppy sound. The songs for the next album were written partly in Japan, partly while the band was on tour in the U.S. The darker, more aggressive set was tracked by the group at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco with engineers Patrick Brown and Sean Paulson, who both also worked on Empire. Titled Soon Away, the record was released by Carpark in September of 2014. ~ Heather Phares

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    2010

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