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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeh this is excellent

nathey, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:30 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

^ Also of Montreal.

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:19 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

so she made this on garageband, huh?

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:35 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:46 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's awesome. definitely the song the video wants it to be. love the fake scratching at the end, so perfect.

leet gentlemen's club (contenderizer), Saturday, 5 March 2016 01:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

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

― Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, February 4, 2016 12:16 AM (1 month ago)

video feels like dressing up in dumb costumes w/ your friends & jumping around to loud music & being amazing ftw

leet gentlemen's club (contenderizer), Saturday, 5 March 2016 01:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

msi rules

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 March 2016 01:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

Stupid sensationalist headline made me think she had died.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

That's one of my pet peeves. Glad she hasn't been electrocuted. When it comes to onstage electrocutions, I mostly just think of the guy from Stone the Crows back in the 70s, but there was a singer who got killed just a few years ago in Argentina.

how's life, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 09:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

i've gotten electrocuted before while playing a show but usually that's cos it's in a crappy basement or otherwise makeshift venue w no grounding, not a real venue, that is bs.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:33 (2 months ago) Permalink


flappy bird, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

surprised artangels didn't become the best selling album of all time or something.

Treeship, Sunday, 17 April 2016 18:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

kill v maim is way better than i originally realized

Treeship, Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

her ave maria is so gd

1st Amendment absolutist in favor of the unltd publication of sextapes (schlump), Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

She did good, it's all that matters. Sure this could have, should have be more important than say, Taylor Swift in an ideal universe but she did good.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 21 April 2016 07:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

these songs are so jam packed full of ideas. like, even a seemingly simple one like "california" has that pon de replay beat mixed with that rumbling western guitar line and just all this stuff you wouldn't think to put together.

Treeship, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

but it never sounds busy or weighed down either. she's like a magician.

Treeship, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

kill v main is my new jam though

the "eh" in "eh, i don't behave" is a nice canadian flourish in a song about a time traveling "italiana mobster looking so precious"

Treeship, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

I am glad you like this treeship

ogmor, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

i do. it is the best treeship.

Keks + Nuss (contenderizer), Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

I gave Art Angels a run for the first time in over a month yesterday and it didn't strike me as unimpeachable as it did initially. But I stand by my initial assessment that its' highlights are easily the best things she's recorded.

Austin, Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

My 3yo daughter is absolutely batshit insane in love with Kill V Maim, and I agree with her that it's a great song

a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly ill (James Morrison), Thursday, 21 April 2016 23:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

i thought she was dinging "now don't be hateful"

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 22 April 2016 00:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

wow i was v wrong

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 22 April 2016 00:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

ha I thought that as well

We quickly ate the feast as to leave ASAP (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 22 April 2016 05:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

no i listened to it again yesterday closely and i still think it is "now don't be hateful"

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 23 April 2016 14:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

Nooooo she verified the lyrics on "Genius"

Treeship, Sunday, 24 April 2016 20:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

As much as it pains me, I am going to have to disagree with you

Treeship, Sunday, 24 April 2016 20:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

it is not "don't be hateful"

james brooks, Sunday, 24 April 2016 20:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

I know this is redundant as hell, but man, 'REALiTi' is such a wonderful song. Just absolutely gorgeous and transcendent.

Austin, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

she used a completely different version of the song for this, much more subdued. once again the video starts off strong but goes nowhere, there are all these cool set pieces but nothing really happens, not very compelling, never gains momentum.

flappy bird, Monday, 9 May 2016 18:01 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

music videos don't need to go anywhere. it's fun watching her dancing around in weird outfits on cool sets.

love the new mix.

Treeship, Monday, 9 May 2016 18:40 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

It's a little disjointed, but I love all the set pieces individually. The new mix is v bitchin.

how's life, Monday, 9 May 2016 19:05 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, i'm feeling bitched

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Monday, 9 May 2016 19:34 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i find it compelling me to turn into a bat and swoop swoop

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:13 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol where was this music video supposed to go? Where did Hype Williams' videos ever go? I mean sure this jumps back and forth between lots of different stuff but I don't see it as a flaw

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

do not like the new mix :(

:( cuz it's one of my favorite songs on the ablum

da vinci beaver testicles (contenderizer), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i hope there are tons of alternate mixes for these songs

Treeship, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 00:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I wonder if an alternative mixes EP could be in the works.

When has a Grimes video ever had a conventional narrative? I like all these characters she seems to embody.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 01:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

great video! get real flappy bird!!

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

seeing her tonight. v excited. i take back what i said about california vid. it's good. i guess what i meant was i wish she'd stick to one or two set pieces because i want to see more of each one. also afaik she hasn't played this song live yet. but tonight is her first show since coachella so hey you never know.

flappy bird, Friday, 13 May 2016 19:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

too much bass

flappy bird, Saturday, 14 May 2016 05:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

no such thing imo

μpright mammal (mh), Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah we are all about that

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 14 May 2016 17:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

like i couldn't breathe or hear her sing. then i moved and it was slightly better. good show though

flappy bird, Saturday, 14 May 2016 21:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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