I could start off by whining about the lack of decent female producer/artists on the electronic scene but it’s been done before. Besides, I know at least 3, and Montreal based vocalist, composer, and all round artiste Claire Boucher aka Grimes is definitely one of them.
A one man (sorry - one woman) machine when it comes to making the most bewildering disarray of stunning beat based electro sound - drawing influence from people like Prince and Enya, from vintage pop to state-of-the art electronic, from the hazy aural landscape of the Indian orient (Symphonia) and more, calling Grimes’ sound weird is like calling a daVinci colourful: Visions is a dizzyingly catchy eclectic fusion of everything that sounds great. Boucher describes her work as an ‘ethereal escape’ - that’s a good place to start.
According to the prolific music maker (this is album number 4 in two years) “Visions” was the result of weeks of self-imposed solitude - she didn’t see the sun for weeks. If insanity is the mark of the real artist and pasty skin the mark of a true producer - then she’s got both in buckets.
Nightmusic) and aggressive crunchy industrial beats topped off by waif like vocals (think Lykke Li) it’s great to see someone who is unafraid of crossing genre boundaries in a work of art like this. And I bet she’s a nice person too...
'Burial' is the pick of the bunch in regards to being the most commercially linear: and the disgustingly catchy beat/melody. There is however something to be said for the more erratic watercolour chillwave rivulets of 'Genesis', the off kilter melodies of 'Infinite - Without Fulfillment'. Personal preference means I shy from tracks like ‘Eight' that cross too far into modern RnB, but I’m loathe to say I enjoy infectious electro/dance pop 'Circumambient'. From the aggressive runway strut of 'Be a Body' to the angelic ethereal love song of 'Symphonia IX' that bubbles into murky depths - you really can’t see where this chick is going next. An obvious hit in indie circles, with wider appeal to pop and rnB, the hype is well deserved
Grimes // Buy 'Visions'