Grimes has teased the release of her long-awaited new track ‘Shinigami Eyes,’ on Twitter, which will be released later this week. Grimes tweeted on 20th January in what appeared to be binary code, but when translated into English, the message reads: “SHINIGAMI EYES JAN 26”.
She followed it up with a brief clip of an eye that also featured a series of ones and zeros that translated to: 01 26 22, or January 26, 2022.
The song was first teased on Grimes’ Discord in June last year, then in August of 2021, she uploaded a video called “Shinigami Eyes” on YouTube, which featured 30 seconds of previously unheard audio. She also let fans pre-save the tune around the same time, but it was never released.
Shinigami Eyes is also a browser extension that uses different colours to highlight transphobic and trans-friendly social media pages and users. The name of the browser was inspired by the Death Note anime, in which having “shinigami eyes” means being able to see people’s names and remaining lifespan simply by looking at them.
It could also be a reference to Grimes’ claim of receiving experimental eye surgery in 2019. However, doctors later debunked the theory that blue light can be removed through surgery.
The preview for ‘Shinigami Eyes’ comes after the announcement that Grimes will be featured in a Rocket League in-game event dubbed ‘Neon Nights,’ which will feature a succession of Grimes-inspired products and music over the course of two weeks. ‘Neon Nights’ runs January 26 to February 8.
Grimes debuted her ‘Book1’ era in December with the song ‘Player Of Games,’ which was accompanied by a fantasy-themed video. ‘Book 1′ is Grimes’ first album since leaving 4AD and signing with Columbia, and it will be the follow-up to 2020’s ‘Miss Anthropocene.’ A release date for the album has yet to be determined. Grimes will release a 10-year anniversary version of ‘Visions’ via vinyl subscription service Vinyl Me in February.