Boomkat Product Review:
"Grimwood" is the follow up to the Sub Pop-released "Microminiature Love", one of the great lost psychedelic records of the late sixties. This album was recorded the following year and captures the artist at his most lonesome and forlorn, preceding a difficult stretch of his career through the seventies and eighties in which Yonkers was forced to contend with a debilitating back problem whilst still making regular emissions from fringes of experimental songwriting, even participating in the new wave scene along the way. Getting back to the album in hand, Grimwood sounds like a contemporary freak folk outing, only this time the quivering recording and bizarre lo-fi sounds that accompany the songs aren't stylistic choices, but rather inevitable side-effects of unearthing forty year-old, intimate DIY recordings. Grimwood is a thematically dark album, taking its name from a fictional town of Yonkers' invention with a "lake of lemonade" and "candyfloss trees if you're hungry", a place offering some sort of hope and escape from his own very apparent demons. Not always a comfortable listen, but Yonkers has certainly fashioned an enduringly vivid and distinctive gothic fairytale.