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

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

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:13 (3 months ago) Permalink

soyrev, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:29 (3 months ago) Permalink

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

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 03:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

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

MatthewK, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:33 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

its always interesting to me abt creative ppl having to like remember to eat

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

i listen to REALiTi p much every day

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I still do btw

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

i struggle to remember to eat but i suck at shit compared to grimes :'D

and yeah just listened to "realiti" today, and last week (it's p much the ultimate rainy humid asian summer song), i think i said upthread something along the lines of it being the most replayable thing i've heard this year and i'm also standing by that vibe

soyrev, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

I want to watch Star Wars w Grimes.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

Grimes' mom, @Garossino is a good person to follow on Twitter, especially if you live in Vancouver (she's the editor of a progressive political news website) (in which Grimes makes the occasional cameo).

everything, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

She is a genius

Treeship, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

can't wait for the “diss track about male producers”

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

REALiTi making it to Starbucks playlist but still no release?

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 20:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

I typed something for a dumb survey at the end of 2013 about Grimes that I was really proud of that I'd like to post if you'd indulge me!

Q: Did you take part in the ice bucket challenge? If not, why not? Grimes declined due to animal testing issues, was the grief she got for that deserved?

Do you think people deserve grief? Do you give people grief when they deserve it? I hope to relieve people of their grief. For a long time I had this theory: the impossibility of a female Kurt Cobain. What he represents, leaning against the system and yet supported by consumers, there was no woman in the world that could command the masses so utterly. The music industry, the male-biased music consuming populace wouldn't let her. This thing I've been stewing about since I saw Grimes play to 20 people in 2011, and started reading her Tumblr, and then really starting feeling when "Oblivion" came out, is that Claire is the closest thing we have to a female Kurt Cobain, smart enough to understand the system but righteous enough to wall-jump away from it. But also, interestingly, what an inversion her approach is to Kurt's. His pose was anti-establishment, her pose is post-structural. He was rigorous, she is always looking outward, game for genre-experimentation and hilarity. I feel like even if I don't like her music, and I do so far, I will always feel like she's several steps ahead of me, several books ahead of me, and that makes me feel really fucking good. Anyone who gives her grief about anything can kick rocks.

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:19 (1 month ago) Permalink


a friend of mine subletted her room when she moved out of montreal, she told me some girl named claire had lived there before and made music in the room, but i only found out later it was *that* claire, and only found out while reading that fader interview just now that she recorded visions in it. it was a super small, no window bedroom in a p nast mile-ex apartment on parc

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

not a crucial thread detour but: i thought mile ex was way east of parc

& fgti otm
the scale on which she practices the genre-experimentation-&-hilarity thing is really inspirational

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

way east of parc? mile ex is the interzone between mile end and parc ex. north of bernard south of jean talon, from like parc to clark

flopson, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 23:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

ohh right, right. i think i was thinking of parc ex. thank you.

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

yr welcome but uh parc ex is west of parc (& north of beaumont) ;-) lol

flopson, Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:06 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

how about a thread for every time you listen to realiti and it's awesome? currently listening, it's awesome!

niels, Monday, 10 August 2015 16:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


five six and (man alive), Monday, 10 August 2015 16:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

How bout a thread for when there's a pre-order available. The suspense is killing me.

how's life, Monday, 10 August 2015 16:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I know it's not as simple as this makes it sound, but it amazes me that this is among the scrapped material. The part where it plunged into and back out of an underground tunnel is just a+++

Tim F, Monday, 10 August 2015 21:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

technicality but mile ex is north of the van horne viaduc, not bernard. that part is still officialy plateau (and thus the mile end).

also Realiti is still great.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 10 August 2015 22:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


Tim F, Monday, 10 August 2015 22:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i'm still listening to realiti most days (twice today) and it's still great. (and yeah, pretty wild that it's something she seemingly just threw out into the world as a no-expectation stopgap)

Merdeyeux, Monday, 10 August 2015 22:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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Every morning there are viaducs to climb

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1994 ball boy (Karl Malone), Saturday, 22 August 2015 17:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

Interview in Entertainment Weekly?

how's life, Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:48 (2 days ago) Permalink

Realiti has become my go-to workout booster when my energy starts to sag. Every morning there are mountains to climb.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

By popular demand, I did try to remake “Realiti” and it is really good now. I’m considering putting it on the record. I had to re-produce it for the live show anyway. I don’t like “Realiti,” but everybody else does. I may put it on by popular demand, I don’t know.

Wonder if that song could possibly be improved upon

niels, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:03 (2 days ago) Permalink


five six and (man alive), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:05 (2 days ago) Permalink

I don’t like “Realiti,”

she seems to like it in the video!

1994 ball boy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

she shouldn't put it on the record if she doesn't like it though

just make your perfect grimesz record, fuck the fans!

1994 ball boy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

i'm assuming she reads my posts

1994 ball boy (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:09 (2 days ago) Permalink

she shouldn't put it on the record if she doesn't like it though


welltris (crüt), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:16 (2 days ago) Permalink

yeah i think it was perfect, curious to hear the remake if she prefers it but maybe as a b-side? i'd prefer her not to compromise for us, too

soyrev, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

One of the strangest things to me is her earlier comments that it didn't *sound* that good, as though it were some patchy demo and not the sonic marvel that it is.

five six and (man alive), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:28 (2 days ago) Permalink

I fear we're setting ourselves up to be disappointed by the album. Perhaps what we liked about Grimes is precisely what she's trying to overcome.

cryptic 'failure of bread' (Sanpaku), Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:04 (2 days ago) Permalink

I think she's trolling hard.

how's life, Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:06 (2 days ago) Permalink


tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Friday, 28 August 2015 13:57 (Yesterday) Permalink

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