Grimes says her new single, Shinigami Eyes, was a “label executive decision song”

The music video also features a cameo appearance by Jennie Kim of K-pop group BlackPink.

Grimes in 'Shinigami Eyes'

Credit: Grimes Official YouTube

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Canadian singer-producer and visual artist Grimes has released her second single in as many months, Shinigami Eyes, alongside a futuristic music video with trippy visuals, a guest appearance from South Korean rapper Jennie Kim of BlackPink, and Grimes sporting elf ear prosthetics.

The single is set to appear on Grimes’ upcoming EP Fairies Cum First, which will be the precursor to her highly anticipated sixth studio album, Book 1, out at an undisclosed date later this year. The follow up to 2020’s Miss Anthropocene may not include her recent singles Player of Games and Digital Calypso either as the tracklist has not been revealed.

Grimes spoke to Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1 in an interview about the new single, admitting it was a “label executive decision song”.

“I love the record, but everyone’s like, what’s the deeper meaning? And it’s like, well, Nino Angelo just really had just watched Death Note and really liked it,” she told the veteran radio host. “Basically, I wrote the whole space opera thing and this is the only song that wasn’t this big narrative plot. Anyway, I actually do really like the song. Sorry. I’m just undermining the marketing strategy.”

Grimes also added that the Fairies Cum First EP would include “a couple other songs that don’t fit on the record” as she didn’t “want to get caught in a situation where I’m not releasing music for a really long time.”

Elsewhere in the interview, reiterated her thoughts on the music industry, which she had previously called “old and tired, reliant on archaic systems,” hinting that she would not retire from music but could change her day job. “The iron grasp is getting really tight,” Grimes said. “Whereas I feel like in gaming or crypto or all these other things, there’s just this excessive freedom that sort of seems to be increasing.”

Grimes has also teased the release of a 35-song nightcore album, which she says she has been working on since 2015.


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