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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

lists of "influences" are always cringeworthy

Number None, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:42 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

's musical output.

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 17:35 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Geidi Prime is stronger than Halfaxa, imo.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:04 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

And Austra.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:01 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

tinie tempurah (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:53 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

jaymc, Friday, 3 February 2012 22:34 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

really digging this myself

Chris S, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:07 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

For legit consumers, Visions streaming in its entirety

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Can't. Don't have the bandwidth!

*cries*

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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeh this is excellent

nathey, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:30 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ Also of Montreal.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:19 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

so she made this on garageband, huh?

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:35 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

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

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:46 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has she peaked, already?! Everything about that video/song is regressive.

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

too much, too soon, too fast

sean gramophone, Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:59 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

is this the track she pitched to Rihanna?

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:01 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Kind of a weird thing to say about an artist already 3 albums into their game?

I guess it makes more sense as "Grimes writing a pop song to pitch to an established pop artist" but it just makes me miss her wilder, more bricolage approach to music.

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:10 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i was in the crowd for her set at pfork and this was probably the song that got the biggest audience reaction fwiw

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:12 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I could totally see that, and that kinda proves my point about her peaking.

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:18 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

you had one job markers

― socki (s1ocki), Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:21 AM

and i did it . . . on facebook!

markers, Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:18 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

╲╱\/╲/\╱╲╱\/\ (gr8080), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:35 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

feel like she made the "Genesis" video and thought, "I really need to write a song to match this video aesthetic" and so she did it. Good for her.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:42 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

is it just my playback experience or is she out of sync with the lyrics the entire time?

Captain Maximus, Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:49 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it's OK I guess... but very far from her best work. and I don't really hear the input from Blood Diamonds. disappointing.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 29 August 2014 12:30 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

scrapped album after reaction to "Go" - starting over

http://pitchfork.com/news/56680-grimes-scraps-new-album-sessions-after-negative-reaction-to-go-starts-again/

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Friday, 12 September 2014 17:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Hmmmmm. The video she did for Go was pretty embarrassing. Go as a song was not up to her usual standards, production wise. She's messing up having such a big gap between albums and touring so much.

Raccoon Tanuki, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

she scraps an album's worth of stuff every couple of months more or less and the NYT article the quote comes from doesn't even mention anything about scrapping material after or because of the reaction to "go"

james brooks, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

and less of the p****fork linking, heres the actual article http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/magazine/why-everyone-should-be-waiting-for-grimess-next-album.html?_r=0

Raccoon Tanuki, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

I heard she is a pretty despicable person actually, which shatters the illusions I had of her.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

you heard, huh?

Raccoon Tanuki, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

A real Snidely Whiplash type, eh?

how's life, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

I heard she does car commercials in Japan.

Greer, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

I heard that she has sold her turntables and bought guitars.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 12 September 2014 17:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

I heard rumours... she was *into* field hockey players...?

Shugazi (Branwell with an N), Friday, 12 September 2014 17:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah i heard she scrapped the album long before anyone knew what "go" even was

le goon (J0rdan S.), Friday, 12 September 2014 18:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

makes the PF news thing pretty funny. "one of our writers did a big feature elsewhere, so we're going to point you toward it while also decontextualizing and sensationalizing its narrative."

some dude, Friday, 12 September 2014 19:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

I wasn't a fan of "Go" on any level, but it seems a bit... unseemly to be all "the fans aren't onboard with where I was going, so fuck that."

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 12 September 2014 19:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

well, it seems like she didn't say anything like that and that's just the narrative other people are constructing

some dude, Friday, 12 September 2014 19:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah it seems like she is just trying to figure out what she wants to do & is staying p chill in the meantime

example (crüt), Friday, 12 September 2014 19:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

She's messing up having such a big gap between albums and touring so much.

nah, clearly no one's forgetting about her, better to take the time to make a great record. unless she's overthinking everything and ends up making a terrible record because of it, of course.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 12 September 2014 19:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

I hope it doesn't turn into another nmh/mbv situation. I do think Visions was that good; it seems like it would be very hard to follow up

Hot Drexel Students (Treeship), Friday, 12 September 2014 20:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

"nah, clearly no one's forgetting about her, better to take the time to make a great record. unless she's overthinking everything and ends up making a terrible record because of it, of course."

When you look at her career though before and up to visions, and I was a fan back then, her output was frequent, 4 releases in 2 years. It suited her development and kind of highly momentary transient style. Visions and the lack of anything after it has shocked her a bit into anxiety that wasn't there before. I think she's absolutely a person who requires total personal freedom and it's clear thats been affected by the success. She's obviously a confident person but highly sensitive. She's in a bit of a block right now and then Go came out and it was just absolutely not the record anyone really wanted to hear (though the vocals were brilliant) after such a void. But it would've worked fine in the middle of other stuff or if people hadn't been so starved.

Raccoon Tanuki, Friday, 12 September 2014 20:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

jordan is right. visions has set her up for big things and if she puts out a great record it could really catapult her. if it's wack her buzz will die down a bit (like on some current day MIA shit where she's fallen off the mainstream radar but can still be an indie superstar). it doesn't matter if that record came out last year or comes out next year tho.

le goon (J0rdan S.), Friday, 12 September 2014 20:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/Grimezsz/status/510531702125371392

some dude, Friday, 12 September 2014 21:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

smdh ... haha

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 12 September 2014 21:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

mb some aliases/sideprojects to offload material w/out fretting about the brand all the time

ogmor, Friday, 12 September 2014 22:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Lime-scales

Liquid Plejades, Friday, 12 September 2014 22:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

smdh....so many dead horses??? Dude that's fucked up why is Grimes killing horses?

kornrulez6969, Friday, 12 September 2014 22:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

with all those dead horses in the sun, how's grimes 'posed to get any writing done?

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 23:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

Like many young people who frequently change hair color, Boucher maintains an active Tumblr

dmr, Saturday, 13 September 2014 01:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

otm

fedora, wherever it may find her (darraghmac), Saturday, 13 September 2014 13:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

People who shave animal shapes into their hair usually haven't updated their tumblr in about 2 years iirc

some dude, Saturday, 13 September 2014 13:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

shaving my damn hair

niels, Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

stop making droopy hats......grimes is so judgmental! #grimesleavemyhatalone

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:27 (1 week ago) Permalink


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