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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

lists of "influences" are always cringeworthy

Number None, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:42 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

's musical output.

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 17:35 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Geidi Prime is stronger than Halfaxa, imo.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 17:04 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

And Austra.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:01 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

tinie tempurah (lex pretend), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 13:53 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

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

really digging this myself

Chris S, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:07 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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!

*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 (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

It's like watching the sweet girl from your summer camp mess hall table, the one who actually talks nicely to you even though you can barely get a word out and just stare meekly, suddenly get up on stage at the camp talent show and just destroy everyone

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 19:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

hmm

nose, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:04 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I mean there is something about the way she manages to come off as unpolished yet is obviously an incredible dancer.

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

A lot of that is in her vocals, I think. She lets them peter out and drift away, and especially on this song she seems to leave whole lines unfinished, like she's omitted whole words for you to fill in. Pretty powerful; the entire song feels like that climactic, inaudible whisper from Lost in Translation

Evan R, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

throwing virtual vegetables at you for that post

some dude, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:22 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

haha yeah I realized it was a little tacky after I clicked submit. But I do think it's an effective approach; leaving something undefined in a song that's otherwise so poppy and direct

Evan R, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:25 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

imply a cowbell

Team Foxcatcherwatcher (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:28 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

but withhold it

Team Foxcatcherwatcher (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:28 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I deserve the vegetables, my posts were way tackier

five six and (man alive), Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:56 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

srsly, you had some dreams to remember there for a minute, man alive.

how's life, Tuesday, 10 March 2015 22:23 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i think it's just really exciting to hear her voice again, everyone is so otm about her impressionistic singing and production, let's hope the LP is out this year maybe

flappy bird (spazzmatazz), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 07:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

So ecstatically good.
I think it might be because I recently watched KOTOKO, but I'm getting a bit of a Cocco vibe from her these days.

MatthewK, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 11:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Reminds me of this feeling when discovering Visions and being not quite sure what to make it but enjoying it and playing it over and over and over. I can't think of a Grimes that had lasting effect for me (maybe Vanessa?) but the first few tens listen are intensely satisfying.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

song is great (great), haven't yet bothered to watch the video

2-chords, a farfisa organ and peons to the lord (contenderizer), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 23:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I, have not played a single track, this many times, in a day, since forever.

MatthewK, Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

love the whispered parts of this. and her dancing. and everything about her vocals. it's been a long time since i've felt this enthusiastic about an upcoming album.

Treeship, Thursday, 12 March 2015 13:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i think she's the coolest person i know of

Treeship, Thursday, 12 March 2015 13:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i'm doing a four hour set on college radio this sunday and think i might play it every half hour

Treeship, Thursday, 12 March 2015 13:51 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.stereogum.com/1787656/grimes-says-that-she-isnt-scrapping-music-because-of-negative-reactions/news/

New jack antonoff collab on tomorrow night's Girls.

how's life, Saturday, 14 March 2015 14:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

whoa. almost sounds like a country song.

how's life, Sunday, 15 March 2015 12:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

sheryl rae jepsen

soyrev, Sunday, 15 March 2015 13:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

REALiTi is on Spotify now btw.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 15 March 2015 15:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Realiti is very good has a nice swing to it and considering she doesn't apparently have any help at all in production she uses her brilliant voice so smartly. One difference from her previous songs on realiti is that it seems a lot more clearly influenced by other music.

Arctic Noon Auk, Sunday, 15 March 2015 18:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

tbh her other music is influenced by some of her faves who haven't made it as big!

mh, Sunday, 15 March 2015 19:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm all for Grimes making a pop crossover, but that Entropy song is so paint by numbers.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, it's ok but it's not thrilling the way realiti is. i'm not sure i am all for anyone crossing over for the sake of crossing over. what's the point?

primal, intuitive, and relatively unmediated (Treeship), Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i also don't think she is doing that, or thinking about her career in those terms. a song like realiti just sounds marketable because it is so polished, but it's still very much a grimes song.

primal, intuitive, and relatively unmediated (Treeship), Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

someone just told me "isn't she like, if you've heard one of her songs, you've heard them all"?

Arctic Noon Auk, Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I could certainly do with fewer interjections of "Oh Baby" in her songs.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

y? i like the lyrics to realiti

primal, intuitive, and relatively unmediated (Treeship), Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

do you think the song is referencing bowie's "once there were mountains on mountains" refrain on realiti? i think the song is kind of a rejoinder to that. bowie sings that he used to not be able to "come down" but now he doesn't think he can get back up. grimes is saying that you will always come down eventually -- so bowie's past feelings of invincibility were an illusion -- and life consists in climbing back up "every morning." seems like a winning attitude if you can maintain it.

primal, intuitive, and relatively unmediated (Treeship), Sunday, 15 March 2015 20:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I like the new song, even if it's not as distinctive or immediate as Realiti. I also like that her vocals seem to be clearer and more intelligible than usual (either that or a week of listening to Realiti has made me Grimes-fluent)

Leonard Pine, Sunday, 15 March 2015 21:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the new song is pleasant though not as immediately gratifying as realiti. i'd been struggling to come to terms with the idea of grimes being influenced by artists like dolly parton, taylor swift and paramore so this helps somewhat to clarify those inspirations.

bae sremmurd (monotony), Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

also like "Go" entropy is a collab that I wouldn't read too much into re: new album

bae sremmurd (monotony), Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it's a one-off for a tv show that seems to be billed 'bleachers feat. grimes.' i think it's just a thing she did for fun and an easy check.

soyrev, Monday, 16 March 2015 01:12 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

soyrev OTM. This song played over the credits of tonight's episode of 'Girls'

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 March 2015 01:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

where it fit perfectly

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 16 March 2015 01:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

gr8080, Monday, 16 March 2015 13:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I posted that to Facebook I think and got about as much engagement there as you got with it here.

markers, Sunday, 22 March 2015 18:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

it's a good tweet

mh, Sunday, 22 March 2015 18:58 (1 week ago) Permalink


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