Grimes/Claire Boucher thread

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Her 2012 album Visions will be released on 4AD. Net strangers I've come to trust rate it.

The lead leak is electro-Frankie Valli.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpKqQ8fsBQs

der dukatenscheisser (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:44 (eight years ago) link

We have a Grimes thread? Oh man! This is the year when Montreal's weird noise pop electronic stuff is going to get attention! Excited!

Looking v. much forward to this album. Vanessa was a highlight of 2011 and while 2009's Geidi Primes is still her best album, Halfaxa was good and her live shows have only improved with time.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 05:14 (eight years ago) link

oh cool - this was one of the things that lamp posted on his sandbox thread that i really liked a lot

sarahel, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 08:47 (eight years ago) link

New track available here. Good stuff.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 5 January 2012 02:19 (eight years ago) link

this one is the one I love (right now).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEeQ758ldqo

fffv, Thursday, 5 January 2012 04:29 (eight years ago) link

Whoa. I don't think I have that - which album is it from?

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 5 January 2012 05:02 (eight years ago) link

from what I understand it is another track from the new one.

fffv, Thursday, 5 January 2012 05:10 (eight years ago) link

terrible

waka flocka dimes (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 5 January 2012 05:40 (eight years ago) link

I don't think you're in her demographic, sweet

gord downer (Ówen P.), Thursday, 5 January 2012 07:46 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

lists of "influences" are always cringeworthy

Number None, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:42 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

's musical output.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Geidi Prime is stronger than Halfaxa, imo.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

And Austra.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:01 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

really digging this myself

Chris S, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:07 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

For legit consumers, Visions streaming in its entirety

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

yeh this is excellent

nathey, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:30 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

For lex:
Grimes namechecked a similar/sympatico artist Mozart's Sister whose voice might be more to your liking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy1u4v2LIfU

Pauper Management Improved (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:18 (eight years ago) link

^ Also of Montreal.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

so she made this on garageband, huh?

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Skin reminds me of a mix between Enya and Natalie Imbruglia's smoke. Am I too off?

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:00 (eight years ago) link

no wonder it sounds so off to me then

― ufo, Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:50 PM (twenty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

all rap music does this fwiw

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 5 March 2020 23:17 (five months ago) link

OMG you guys, I drove by a huge billboard for this album on my way home 😂:

https://i.imgur.com/VqjKJkS_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

tamagotchi revival artist (morrisp), Friday, 6 March 2020 01:50 (five months ago) link

I wish I’d been able to get a better shot of it, but you get the main idea. The album art is off to the side

tamagotchi revival artist (morrisp), Friday, 6 March 2020 01:50 (five months ago) link

I wonder if Grimes' & Katy Perry's babies are gonna grow up as BFF's.

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:19 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I really like Miss Anthropocene, far more that I expected to anyway.

It did give me a small smile to read this line from the Pitchfork review...

and in a relationship with a man whose real-time net worth literally jumped from $41 billion to $44.2 billion between drafts of this review.

...then click the link and see it's dropped to $30.5 billion since.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:45 (four months ago) link

I find it weird you correlate artistic merits with economics.

braised cod, Friday, 27 March 2020 16:06 (four months ago) link

I don't. Those were two separate thoughts. I enjoy Grimes a lot. I think her boyfriend is a pretentious asshole and I feel no sympathy for his fortune dwindling.

I find it weird you thought I explicitly said I connected the two.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:13 (four months ago) link

Sorry. I misunderstood your point.

braised cod, Friday, 27 March 2020 16:18 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Congratulations to Grimes and Elon Musk! Their newborn son, who Musk says is named X Æ A-12, arrived last night https://t.co/7eRjVMvul2

— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) May 5, 2020

enochroot, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 13:03 (three months ago) link

X Æ A-12 is a strong name. irish i think.

treeship., Tuesday, 5 May 2020 13:32 (three months ago) link

believe it's actually Gaelic, meaning "one who'll be punched"

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 13:37 (three months ago) link

the thing is, people rebel against their parents and also learn from their shortcomings. X Æ A-12 will likely grow up to be a very well-adjusted, friendly guy. maybe an i love hoops poster.

treeship., Tuesday, 5 May 2020 13:43 (three months ago) link

Showbiz brats are noted for their grounded and likeable nature

Microbes oft teem (wins), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 14:15 (three months ago) link

Had no idea until this morning that he has 6 kids from his first marriage.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 14:25 (three months ago) link

Sorry, five.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 14:26 (three months ago) link

believe it's actually Gaelic, meaning "one who'll be punched"

― Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), mardi 5 mai 2020 15:37 (forty-eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

ehehe

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 14:27 (three months ago) link

A baby is always good news. Sincere congrats to the new parents.

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 16:00 (three months ago) link

Nice thing about having a version number in your name is you don't need to go "jr." You can just increment the version number.

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 16:10 (three months ago) link

excited to hear xæa-12 when they play casa del popolo in 20 years

Allen (etaeoe), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 18:33 (three months ago) link

•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍
+
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️🐁 metal rat)

— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 01:02 (three months ago) link

man, "x, the unknown variable" is just the worst. That shit is just meaningless convention like "dave".

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 01:15 (three months ago) link

"Dave" is potentially meaningul, I guess

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 01:20 (three months ago) link

"our favorite aircraft"

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 01:54 (three months ago) link

lovecraft to aircraft and it only took 1 billion dollars

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 02:01 (three months ago) link

her album basically vanished without trace, it seems

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 06:19 (three months ago) link

"non violent" navy aircraft that merely provided the intel for how the violence was to be carried out

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:21 (three months ago) link

yeah...naming your child after a Lockheed-built spy plane used in Vietnam is genuinely mind-boggling and not in a whimsical celebrities-are-weird way

dip to dup (rob), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:43 (three months ago) link

Grimes trolling us all with her choice of partner and baby name.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:45 (three months ago) link

This interaction........ pic.twitter.com/HDyVNaeQdT

— ⭐ amy o'connor ⭐ (@amyohconnor) May 6, 2020

Number None, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 14:57 (three months ago) link

take these broken wings and learn to fly

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:03 (three months ago) link

that's hilarious.

cajunsunday, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:14 (three months ago) link

her album basically vanished without trace, it seems

It what sense? It’ll hopefully appear on year-end best-of lists

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:21 (three months ago) link

i just listened to it again yesterday i think it's great

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:22 (three months ago) link

Please tell me she’s trolling with that name.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:22 (three months ago) link

it is elven, not zandali

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:27 (three months ago) link

" her album basically vanished without trace, it seems"

well it's hard to release an album in the middle of a pandemic plus she couldn't do much promotion for it considering she was pregnant. It's a good album.

akm, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:47 (three months ago) link

it didn't really vanish any more than almost all albums do these days

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 15:57 (three months ago) link

I hear more people still mention her new album than I do that Poppy album that came out early this year.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:24 (three months ago) link

actually, fiona came through and reminded everyone what an actual good album sounds like.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:37 (three months ago) link

both good albums but v different imo except both made by a woman

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 17:40 (three months ago) link

the songs from last year I liked way better than anything off the album :(

brimstead, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 18:06 (three months ago) link

nice grammar there

brimstead, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 18:06 (three months ago) link

i like "darkseid"

Mordy, Sunday, 10 May 2020 03:39 (two months ago) link

The album absolutely still “slaps” (sorry), and sounds particular great when driving around the streets in this moment...

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Sunday, 10 May 2020 06:30 (two months ago) link

her best album imo

megan thee macallan 18 year (||||||||), Sunday, 10 May 2020 08:32 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Can you actually imagine doing this ding dong performance art fuck shit at a time like this?

https://www.popbuzz.com/music/news/grimes-selling-soul-10-million-art-show/

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 21:47 (two months ago) link

pic.twitter.com/R27Nn88l0Q

— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) June 2, 2020

You can buy a piece of Grimes’ soul for $10million 😳https://t.co/cVMc4gwUGt pic.twitter.com/j9FrF4gbPc

— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) June 1, 2020

budo jeru, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 21:53 (two months ago) link

if we could please avoid a piece with elon in a tub filled with baked beans

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 22:15 (two months ago) link

buying her soul documents and donating them for display at the tampa hard rock cafe who publicly turns it down would be a pretty good own, though

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 22:21 (two months ago) link

afaict they posted the blackout at 11pm (probably midnight or after their time) after posting dumb ephemera all day

some site out there has to be auto-posting and didn't turn off, but they seem in the clear

mh, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 03:17 (two months ago) link


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