Grimes/Claire Boucher thread

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I don't think you're in her demographic, sweet

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 07:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

i am not sure i can get with this girl's voice

all i see is angels in my eyes (lex pretend), Thursday, 5 January 2012 09:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

probably an unfair comparison but i think of her in connection with gazelle twin, who i discovered at the same time on that sandbox thread, and gazelle twin's music is so much more affecting

all i see is angels in my eyes (lex pretend), Thursday, 5 January 2012 09:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

very strange girl! (unf, i also think she might be one of those people for whom an accelerated hype-cycle is a bad thing. hope i'm wrong.)

sean gramophone, Thursday, 5 January 2012 14:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

I just got the press release.

Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry.

Were it not for the word "psychedelic" that description brought to mind mall punk.

This new set incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.

That mix of references simultaneously makes me cringe and curious.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

lists of "influences" are always cringeworthy

Number None, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

an accelerated hype-cycle is a bad thing

It's interesting you'd say that! I'm excited for her success, in a "get money, find rat-free living" sort of way. And although I def feel there's going to be success for Arbutus in the next couple years, I can't say that cash flow + hype is going to have a necessarily positive effect on that scene

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 17:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

's musical output.

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 17:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well BRAIDS has already jumped up out of that scene and into hype, and Native Speaker was a gorgeous record. Curious to see if/when/what Blue Hawaii release next.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 6 January 2012 05:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

i am not sure i can get with this girl's voice

I'm listening to the split with d'Eon from last year at the moment and this is my main issue, although it's only a couple of tracks where it sounds annoying.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

I listened to Halfaxa and wasn't really feeling it - did I start in the wrong place?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yes, i've got an album by her and it's OK, but not much more

Tom D (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

Geidi Prime is stronger than Halfaxa, imo.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

But I dunno, it depends on what part of it you aren't feeling.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think "Oblivion" - the first single from the 4AD album - is better than almost anything she's recorded.

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Oblivion" is awesome. Those synths sounds like universes collapsing on themselves.

"I know its hard to hear but I'm a Realest." (rennavate), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 20:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Huh, weird, coz I think Halfaxa >>>> Geidi Prime, it's less focused but it's more ambitious and better realised. I don't hear Enya or TLC or Aphex Twin in her music, but it does give an idea of the scope of her range. But then again, at other times, I like her coz she reminds me of those 4AD 4-track weirdoes like Danielle Dax or His Name Is Alive.

Quite pleased that certain elements dislike her (heh) but it is distinctly odd to see her popping up in the NME every now and then. I think she might actually have the ability to sustain making good music despite the hype cycle - someone's third album is a much better place for the hype to kick in, rather than, y'know, the third song.

Damn, I wish I'd saved other links from my arty experimental gothy electronica sandbox thread. The only other artists I can remember having a consensus on were Emika and maybe Laurel Halo? I don't feel like starting it up again.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Sunday, 15 January 2012 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Barbara Panther, Niki & the Dove, Gazelle Twin, Julia Holter, and iamamiwhoami also got shoutouts.

Plato’s The Cave In Claymation (Sanpaku), Sunday, 15 January 2012 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

And Austra.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

this leaked. and it's good, but I don't think it will convince anyone who wasn't prone to be convinced by the previous stuff.

fffv, Saturday, 21 January 2012 02:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

i really don't know what i think of this album

tinie tempurah (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

there are bits of it that are OH FUCK YES, and there are bits that i am just not down with and a lot of the time it's like she's nearly hitting the spot and then nothing happens

tinie tempurah (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm loving the background vocals on Vowels = space and time.

Skin is also an early favourite.

Be A Body (侘寂) is totally going to be the next single, right?

This is an album of wonderful moments. Not all of them are 'songs' for me yet, but a lot of them are.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 3 February 2012 22:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

I quite like "Oblivion," not sure yet about the rest.

jaymc, Friday, 3 February 2012 22:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

When is this out, properly? Really want to hear this, the comments are piquing my interest.

Drexciya's Midnight Runners (Wheal Dream), Friday, 3 February 2012 23:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

really digging this myself

Chris S, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

from what I understand, this is out on either the 21st of this month (Arbutus, US and Canada) or the 12th of next month (4AD, most everywhere else). and I hope that previous comments did not imply that I lack enthusiasm. I love Visions a lot, but despite all of the pop aspirations it feels like it was built to inspire obsession from a limited audience.

fffv, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

She definitely has the charm and hooks to pull to a wider audience but her songwriting could use some editing... many times it does sound like the songs drift without any specific purpose and as a whole it drags.

Moka, Saturday, 4 February 2012 05:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

For legit consumers, Visions streaming in its entirety

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Can't. Don't have the bandwidth!


Why couldn't this have been available 2 weeks ago when I still had all you can eat broadband?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Monday, 13 February 2012 23:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Given there's nothing on the album I'm bored by, I think editing would inevitably mean reducing the idiosyncratic facets I'm charmed by.

Best thing about Grimes: she has such disinterest (contempt?) for lyrical content as she chirps through her baby birdsong. She might as well be the electropop version of Juliana Barwick..

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 February 2012 23:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeh this is excellent

nathey, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

"skin" is very pretty, but a bit insubstantial, tho i guess "insubstantial" is kinda the point. soft, sweet, ghostly. don't hear no afx, but enya sure. and i don't hate enya, but i don't love this. got bored before the 6 minutes were up.

"oblivion" is much more immediate. the nothing lyrics are kind of selling me, "look into my eyes and la la la la la, see you on a dark night". that's great! love the synths at the end, too.

want more songs like "oblivion"

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Be A Body (侘寂) is totally going to be the next single, right?

dunno, but it's v nice. enya influence is even more prominent at the beginning, but j-lo too? love the shift to dark propulive beats halfway through.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

For lex:
Grimes namechecked a similar/sympatico artist Mozart's Sister whose voice might be more to your liking:

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ Also of Montreal.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm gonna bookmark this thread for when I've topped up my data bcuz "electronic Juliana Barwick" = WCC catnip if I wasn't onboard already (which I have been since Halfaxa)

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

so she made this on garageband, huh?

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Mozart's Sister is also v. good!

They have a three track EP called DEAR FEAR from last year. Maybe they have other stuff too? Not sure.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

yaaaaaarg, just listening to her stuff now (i'm always way late with everything) and enjoying it a lot. i just took a break from some incredibly bureaucratic shit at work to watch this video and i don't..think..i can go back to work again today

tmi but (Z S), Friday, 17 February 2012 21:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Skin reminds me of a mix between Enya and Natalie Imbruglia's smoke. Am I too off?

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

Really can't believe we have come to a point where evoking the names Stacy Q and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam results in a positive fucking review. I give up.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love this album cover!

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, is awesome. post in the best of 2012 thread!

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

after being completely underwhelmed by anything i heard of hers before this record (i'm kind of with lex on the voice thing), i'm really enjoying "oblivion" and "circumabient"

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Fucking adore this record.

Funny that Alex in Montreal referred to Braids upthread as this album strikes me as something of an electronic equivalent, simultaneously tuneful and spacious and drifting (whereas I think Juliana Barwick is a bit of a misleading point of comparison).

"Skin" esp. is wonderful.

Tim F, Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

i gave this a few more tries and while there's nothing i actively dislike about her music, neither is there anything hooking me back in - it's all vaguely "interesting", also very unmemorable and lite.

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Saturday, 18 February 2012 11:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

cf julianna barwick who hooked me straight away, and gazelle twin whose music i absolutely adore sinking into. grimes has no gravitas.

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Saturday, 18 February 2012 11:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

the cover of this record is really really bad. if you're going to rip off the sacred bones design scheme (which i really love), at least do it well!

jonathan - stl, Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

ripoff Sacred Bones serifs + some Cyrillic lorem ipsum + some 1994-bad-sci-fi-book-cover graphics + giant in-class notebook doodle-looking thing = a mess and I like it

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

m4rilis not a dbag imho

flopson, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:04 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

She doesn't work there anymore! she works for me now

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Wednesday, 13 January 2016 14:56 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

oh, ha!

flopson, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:28 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

can i work for u

gr8080, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 21:32 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

gr8080 back me up on this, there are some cuts on art angels that give me total balearic vibes. i was driving through l.a. on a recent sun kissed day and listening to this and it hit me.

nomar, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 21:34 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

how's life, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Marilyn Manson x Britney Spears

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 16:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"you died" <3

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 17:38 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

psyched grimes is here to rehabilitate the aesthetic of the matrix: reloaded

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:51 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

literally thought u meant she had started posting

sounding like a silly Iain Banks on a truck (imago), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:53 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

haha the Dark Souls 'You Died'

ufo, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 22:37 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

wasn't there a Janet Jackson video kind of like this from early 2000s? i seem to remember her in a cyberpunk cgi wonderland that reminded me of this...

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:02 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

this is def my favorite grimes song now

ciderpress, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 15:09 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

"california" has been in my head for days. i'm another listener that didn't like visions but love everything about art angels.

Mordy, Friday, 22 January 2016 20:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah can I get a late pass on California please? Undeniable.

RA the Rugged Advisor (Mr Andy M), Sunday, 24 January 2016 19:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i think that song may blow up

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 24 January 2016 20:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It's probably my favorite from the album as well.

Frederik B, Sunday, 24 January 2016 20:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

thanks for hooking me up with Realiti you guys, didn't like it the first time around but it stuck after sufficiently many tries.

Sharkie, Monday, 25 January 2016 03:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it still sux

karla jay vespers, Monday, 25 January 2016 03:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

U still sux

fajita seas, Monday, 25 January 2016 03:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i am not sure i can get with this girl's voice

― all i see is angels in my eyes (lex pretend), Thursday, January 5, 2012 1:31 AM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


lute bro (brimstead), Monday, 25 January 2016 05:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I can.

markers, Monday, 25 January 2016 22:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I am generally not a fan of millennials with synthesizers, I am old and rockist. But I absolutely love this record.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 25 January 2016 23:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

that's a great 5 tbh, i mean i don't like all of those albums but it's a great 5

call all destroyer, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:46 (6 days ago) Permalink

Regarding the KillVMaim video: I like the outfits and the videogame references but Claire and her brother should let someone else do the directing and editing of the videos. I can see the potential but it looks very tacky, the whole thing is sort of messy, some cuts going on for too long, some are too short, lips don't sync with the song... it doesn't match the energy of the song at all.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:50 (6 days ago) Permalink

I loved the video for Realiti mind you and they did that one too, but this one clearly required someone with more time and experience.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:51 (6 days ago) Permalink

i gotta agree with ya there. i'd allow a lot of leeway for amateurish charm, but its flaws aren't really charming, just feels off

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:52 (6 days ago) Permalink

Exactly what I thought too watching it. This song is so fast, but the video kind of drags.

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:57 (6 days ago) Permalink

lol of course aenima is on there. awesome

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 4 February 2016 01:00 (6 days ago) Permalink

Video feels like fiftysomething dude's idea of what the young folk like. Tune is great though.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 4 February 2016 08:16 (6 days ago) Permalink

She should have done a twenty something version of what the old folks like

Karl Malone, Thursday, 4 February 2016 12:56 (6 days ago) Permalink

eheh. what do 50smthg people like ?
good restaurants, week-ends in the country, opera... (I'm closer to 50 than to 20 !)

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:11 (6 days ago) Permalink

So am I.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:12 (6 days ago) Permalink

She should have done a twenty something version of what the old folks like

She should have done an Adele album?

MarkoP, Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:35 (6 days ago) Permalink

I saw her live last night! She still doesn't know all the words to "Butterfly" yet and had a lyric sheet in her hand as an aide. Ave Maria cover was pretty ~wut~, but it kind of worked. The last time I saw her was 2012 and she barely spoke and was this intense figure darting between all her gear like she was frantically operating the motherboard of a spaceship. Now she spends a lot more time out front dancing and getting down, which suits her.

A lot of favourites from the new album were paid dust (no "World Princess pt II" or "Artangels") but "Kill V. Maim" was a riot.

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:36 (6 days ago) Permalink

She should have done a twenty something version of what the old folks like
She should have done an Adele album?

ahah, following your comment I have checked and Adele and Grimes are the same age : class 88 !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 4 February 2016 13:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

i'm sure that both are pretty happy with where they're at right now

Karl Malone, Thursday, 4 February 2016 14:07 (6 days ago) Permalink

It may me feel really old when she wrote about hearing "Fever to Tell" as some kind of formative listening experience. It seems like that just came out yesterday.

o. nate, Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:14 (6 days ago) Permalink


Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:24 (6 days ago) Permalink

love that anecdote about Person Pitch.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:39 (6 days ago) Permalink

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