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Video of the Moment #2082: Grimes

 
By on Tuesday, 10th May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian electropop goddess Grimes really can’t make a wrong move, can she? Late last year she released ‘Art Angels’, which saw her doing her poppiest work to date. You can read Steven’s review of the album out now on 4AD through this link.

Now she has a new video out now this week and Grimes directed it herself. Inexplicably, ‘California’ was filmed not only in Los Angeles but also in Paris. Appearing in the video are singer Megan James of Purity Ring, musician HANA, model Eric Cheng, musician Born Gold, and rising star Mac Boucher (Grimes’ brother?). Just like Grimes herself, the music video is very colourful and radiant, and you can watch it below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsCfufAp2tM[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1990: Grimes

 
By on Wednesday, 20th January 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

You’d be hard pressed to guess the next move of Claire Boucher, aka electronic superstar Grimes. However, Boucher is known as a keen gamer, so I guess it was just a matter of time before she rolled out a video that portrays a playful homage to the virtual and fantasy words that she loves. Described as “easily…the lovechild of early solo Gwen Stefani and Charli XCX” by our Steven in his review of Grimes’ most recent album for 4AD, ‘Art Angels’, Boucher revels hanging out (literally) out of a pink convertible with all her fantasy friends in the promo for ‘Kill V. Maim’. Watch it below.

‘Art Angels’ was released in November 2015 and is available now. To take a stroll through our past coverage of Grimes on TGTF, check out this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2EJMd7ZN7w[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Grimes – Art Angels

 
By on Friday, 4th December 2015 at 2:30 pm
 

Grimes Art Angels coverWhen you consider Grimes as an artist, pop isn’t the first genre that springs to mind. Certainly there are elements, but truly the only way to categorise Grimes is to put her in a genre of her own. “Grimes”, perhaps?

Although this fourth LP effort does see her edging toward a more characteristically pop sound, what we have here is what would happen if you took all of today’s pop hits and put them through a metaphorical “Grimes” machine. She utilises perfectly choreographed chord changes, massive beats and the sweetest of lyricism, then takes this perfect blend of pop beauty and adds her own touch, be it screeching falsettos, production that makes you truly question where the sound is attacking you from (in the form of stereo panning), and layers of vocals that entwine to create almost a bombardment of sound.

Opening track ‘laughing without being normal’ (sic) is a string-laden introduction that gives a false sense of security and an a skewed perception of what’s to come. It climaxes in a beautiful falsetto performance, surrounded by piano and plucked harps until it all falls apart into a chaos of rumbling bass and white noise before giving us the real first song. Lead single ‘Flesh Without Blood’ is without a doubt the track that you’ll always find yourself returning to. It’s easily Grimes’ most crossover track, along with ‘California’, an ode to being used and abused by said fair state (“when you get bored of me/I’ll be back on the shelf” and “I didn’t think you’d end up treating me so bad” are heartbreaking confessions of the dreamland that’s oft promised to young artists). ‘Belly of the Beat’ is very Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in its vocal style, it could almost be a cut from them, just if they used real instruments instead of layers of synthesisers.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUe9rnucPoU[/youtube]

‘SCREAM’ has the stylings of a dark anime soundtrack, with its fast paced guitar picking and tribal drums which and maddening screeched rapping from Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. It’s a strange track to place in between two of the record’s hardest hitters, but who are we to question the mind of Grimes? The album feels as if it could be shorter, as you find yourself mindlessly listening after seven or eight tracks. It does slap you back into the sonic room but there definitely could be opportunity for improvement in terms of the choosing of the cuts.

’Realiti’ is a large dance number that can feel tedious, but still has the power to make you want to move with its classic thumping beat and vocal hook. It’s not a necessity, perhaps would have been a better fit as a b-side to a single? ‘World Princess part II’ is another that easily could been removed from the tracklisting and you wouldn’t feel a gap in the proceedings. ‘Venus Fly’ is a spitting, bratty, thunderous track that attacks you with drum machines made to rattle your brain and get your blood pumping.

‘Life in the Vivid Dream’ is one of the more restrained cuts on the record, along with ‘Easily’ which is airy and as close of an homage as you’ll get to previous album ‘Visions’. Grimes clearly hasn’t forgotten what she first set the world on fire with, but the idea of not putting the clear songwriting talent she has to use in crafting pop songs that can help her crossover to the major leagues is ridiculous and something she has seemingly considered for her fourth outing. ‘Kill V Maim’ could easily be the lovechild of early solo Gwen Stefani and Charli XCX. Grimes knows what sounds good and what doesn’t and more importantly how to not sound like a clone, she truly is her own entity in the music world and it’s refreshing.

8/10

‘Art Angels’, the newest album from Grimes, is out now on 4AD. For more Grimes coverage on TGTF, head this way.

 

Video of the Moment #1943: Grimes

 
By on Thursday, 29th October 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Canadian Claire Boucher, far more famous as her artist moniker Grimes, is getting ready to release her newest album ‘Art Angels’ on the 8th of November, which isn’t far off at all now. After polarising her fanbase with ‘REALiTi’ and ‘Go’, the latter of which was collaboration between her and Blood Diamonds, then decided to pitch an entire completed album after getting disillusioned with it, we had no idea what direction she was going to go in for her next record.

Her newest video release this week teases with two tracks from the upcoming ‘Art Angels’, and the actual visuals were directed by Grimes herself. ‘Flesh Without Blood’, and ‘Life in the Vivid Dream’ to a lesser extent, seem to suggest the new album has Boucher going in a far more pop direction than she did on 2012’s ‘Visions’, which I included in my top albums of that year. I’m very curious to hear what everyone thinks of this new material. Have a watch of the mental video in which Boucher herself stars as several different characters including a Victorian vampire and that yes, as YouTube commenters have already pointed out, contains a particularly noisome pink cowboy hat.

Keen on reading what else we’ve got here at TGTF on Grimes? Right this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv9YoYCKNoE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1759: Grimes

 
By on Monday, 9th March 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Is the world ready for a ginger-headed Grimes? Too late. That version has come and gone. But in case you don’t live in Asia and therefore missed Claire Boucher’s tour there in May 2013, she’s released this new video for the song ‘REALiTi’, which she wanted to release to the public as a thank you to the fans and everyone who made that tour possible:

“since this is no longer gonna be on the album, I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go

This song was never finished. its a demo from ~ the lost album ~, recorded early 2013. i lost the ableton file, so its not mixed or mastered. i tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha.

xo”

Warts and all, check out ‘REALiTi’ in video form below, filmed by Grimes herself with brother Mac on director of photography duties. For all things Grimes on TGTF, head this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9XKLqGqwLA[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1613: Grimes

 
By on Friday, 29th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Earlier this summer, we gave away ‘Go’, the collaboration between Grimes and Blood Diamonds. (Anyone else pick up on how the guitar strums at the beginning sound like those in the intro to Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Battle of Evermore’?)

The song now has an incredibly weird promo that took so long for Grimes to edit, it caused her bodily stress: “I literally got a callous on my butt from sitting down editing 20 hrs a day for a week strait haha, i hope its not permanent” (if Ms. Boucher to be believed). Are the fruits of her labour worth the dermatologic stress? Watch below and decide for yourself.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIi57zhDl78[/youtube]

 
 
 

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