Grimes is back with another single from his upcoming album, Book 1. It’s called “Shinigami Eyes,” and it features Jennie Kim from BLACKPINK, Dorian Electra, and Instagram influencer Ryon Wu, and is directed by BRTHR. Check it out below.
“Shinigami Eyes” naturally centers on a steady, club-ready beat, but on the hook of it, Grimes goes for a gentle sing instead of his usual loud squeak sound. “Are you ready to die with my Shinigami Eyes?” his tone. As Grimes confirmed in an interview with Apple Music, this is a reference to the manga Death Note, where people with Shinigami Eyes can see people’s names and life spans.
“I love the record, but it’s like, it’s all like, what’s the deeper meaning? And it seems, well, Nino Angelo just watched Death Note and really like it, ”he told Zane Lowe. “Basically, I wrote the whole opera thing in space and it’s just the song that it’s not a big narrative plot.”
Grimes previewed “Shinigami Eyes” back in the summer, when he played a a minute clip of the song during a Discord livestream. He announced Book 1, On the other hand, in December, when he shared the bachelor “Play the Game.” Since then, he has been hype about the album states he will move “day jobs” after its release, and announced a 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of his breakout LP Visions.