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!


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

monotony: at least as far as ilxors go, i feel like people expressed positive feelings about it for a very brief period of time -- maybe a day -- and then i don't really recall many people, if anyone, mentioning it again, but they may have, and people outside of ilx might have been talking about it for a longer period of time, but, again, there's always new music coming out and how long are people going to spend focused on one song anyway

unreg: do whatever makes you happy! i don't know what happened to me and music, but i've just been much more into reading lately. actually, i kind of fell off the music bandwagon years ago, unfortunately... which is weird because i used to spend a lot of money on records. i kind of think i should get back into it, but i'm not even that really amped to do so

markers, Monday, 4 May 2015 01:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'll be happy if I can just make it through the last ≈150 pages of Lilith's Brood (which I've been waffling over for about a week now). in my experience the worst thing you can do when you begin losing interest in books/music is to deliberately work your way through a required reading/listening list. I still get burned out on music occasionally, but it's nowhere near as bad as it was when I made an effort to keep up with new releases. (of course there are some artists I'll want to follow in real time no matter how scattered my listening habits become...)

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Monday, 4 May 2015 01:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

"realiti" is my favorite song of the year so far (probably will be my #1 by the end of the year) and i listen to it at least once every day

j. winters (josh), Monday, 4 May 2015 02:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

i think people are going to kill us for going off topic, so i'll just tie this up by saying that if i don't force myself to sit down and listen to music sometime soon it's really possible that the majority of my listening is going to be whatever i hear on the radio when i'm in the car. i barely listen to music at home. sometimes in the morning when i'm cleaning. that's it. it's insane compared to what it was when i was in college, but that's where it's at, and i don't know how that changes without some sort of concerted effort

markers, Monday, 4 May 2015 02:15 (2 months ago) Permalink


markers, Monday, 4 May 2015 02:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

alright, so not everyone just forgot about it i guess!

markers, Monday, 4 May 2015 02:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

~3/12/15 never forget~

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Monday, 4 May 2015 02:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

That is cool you should not feel pressured to listen to music, I think nowadays there is so much music, if you go anywhere public you are inundated with music, it is nice to take a break now and then. Plus, when you hear something that you are really into, it will be all that much more special!

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 4 May 2015 02:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yah, love REALiTi, definitely one of the tracks of the year imo. It's difficult to know how register whether people are talking about it or not. It regularly appears on the ILM 2015 faves thread for whatever that's worth.

MikoMcha, Monday, 4 May 2015 08:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

i'd say it easily garnered the most enthusiasm and positive consensus of any song she's released from people i follow on twitter. i'm sure people will continue talking about it once the infrastructure surrounding the upcoming album comes out.

j. winters (josh), Monday, 4 May 2015 08:09 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeahhh i feel like "reaiti" left a lasting impression for sure. comfortably on track to make my 2k15 songs list

soyrev, Monday, 4 May 2015 08:12 (2 months ago) Permalink

Great video as well.

MikoMcha, Monday, 4 May 2015 08:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

Realiti ws instantly memorable and lovely but it's also a real grower, which is p cool

sonic thedgehod (albvivertine), Monday, 4 May 2015 10:23 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm just letting on this thread waiting for the next spot of info following realiti. I didn't like the bleachers song much, but whatever. This is one of the only threads I have bookmarked these days, specifically in case one of y'all gets new grimes info before I do. Looks like all those new answers were a false alarm this time though.

how's life, Monday, 4 May 2015 10:32 (2 months ago) Permalink

3/12/15, n'oublie jamais

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Monday, 4 May 2015 16:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

eheh. vive le quebec libre ! (she 's not from quebec, though, is she ?)

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:31 (2 months ago) Permalink

had to check p4k to see if that was the cover of her new album

flappy bird, Monday, 4 May 2015 16:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

Vancouver, BC, of Québécois, Ukrainian and Russian descent.

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Monday, 4 May 2015 16:39 (2 months ago) Permalink

i listen to REALiTi p much every day

johnny crunch, Saturday, 16 May 2015 03:54 (2 months ago) Permalink


tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Saturday, 16 May 2015 03:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

yeah, it's really a great song

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 16 May 2015 03:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

i do too.

soyrev, Saturday, 16 May 2015 04:24 (2 months ago) Permalink

uh huh

MatthewK, Saturday, 16 May 2015 11:45 (2 months ago) Permalink album in October...

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Monday, 25 May 2015 01:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

Awesome, looking forward.

austinato (Austin), Monday, 25 May 2015 01:59 (2 months ago) Permalink


j. winters (josh), Monday, 25 May 2015 06:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

curious to hear her doing a "real instruments"-focused record in 2015, high hopes

soyrev, Monday, 25 May 2015 07:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

"Real instruments" ? That's the concept of the new album ?
As for the release date, surely it will leak or be rush released before, won't it ? Do big/heavily anticipated albums still make it to the official release date ?

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 25 May 2015 09:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

so says she:

and nah she's planning a surprise release, prob will drop online soon as it's finished

soyrev, Monday, 25 May 2015 09:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

Breaking: grimes surprises everyone with announcement of surprise album release that she will release unexpected a few months from now

Karl Malone, Monday, 25 May 2015 14:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

the good old October Surprise, named because it's announced in May

some dude, Monday, 25 May 2015 14:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

lol yeah that did seem a bit silly to me. maybe even moreso than kanye saying his album is mostly finished and will get a surprise drop soon, all the while playing multiple singles live, announcing album title changes, etc

soyrev, Monday, 25 May 2015 15:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

"Real instruments" ? That's the concept of the new album ?

It's her Random Access Memories!

List of people who are ready for woe and how we know this (seandalai), Monday, 25 May 2015 16:25 (2 months ago) Permalink

Knowing grimes she probably did this with tongue in cheek

, Monday, 25 May 2015 16:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

"surprise release" means "exact release date not announced ahead of time"

calm down

james brooks, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

im excited

flappy bird, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:07 (2 months ago) Permalink

james pls give us the inside scoop

bae sremmurd (monotony), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

In any case, new Grimes before the year is out. I'm happy.

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

soyrev, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:29 (2 months ago) Permalink

I can't relax when there's an unexpected release sometime in October

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

Just try to relax, and the release will happen. Happens to everyone sometime.

MatthewK, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:33 (2 months ago) Permalink

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