Grimes is back with another single from her upcoming album, Book 1. This one’s called “Shinigami Eyes,” and it features Jennie Kim from BLACKPINK, Dorian Electra, and Instagram influencer Ryon Wu, and directed by BRTHR. Check it out below.
“Shinigami Eyes” naturally centers on a steady, club-ready beat, but in its hook, Grimes goes for a mild-mannered chant instead of her usual high-pitched squeak. “Are you ready to die on my Shinigami Eyes?” she intones. As Grimes confirmed in an interview with Apple Music, it’s a reference to the manga Death Note, in which people with Shinigami Eyes can see people’s names and lifespans.
“I love the record, but it’s just like, 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 Zane Lowe. “Basically, I wrote the whole space opera thing and this is the only song that wasn’t this big narrative plot.”
Grimes previewed “Shinigami Eyes” back in the summer, when she played a minute-long clip of the song during a Discord livestream. She announced Book 1, meanwhile, in December, when she shared the single “Player of Games.” Since then, she’s hyped up the album by saying she would switch “day jobs” after its release, and announced a 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of her breakout LP Visions.