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 (seven years ago) link

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

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

really digging this myself

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

For legit consumers, Visions streaming in its entirety

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

yeh this is excellent

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

^ Also of Montreal.

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

so she made this on garageband, huh?

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

the real crime was breaking up w/ an ilxor tbh, we look after our own

imago, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:20 (two months ago) link

lol we definitely don't look after our own

treeship., Monday, 25 November 2019 17:21 (two months ago) link

but anyway emil.y skewered her as a popular kid cosplaying weird a long while ago

not that any of this makes her music bad of course

imago, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:21 (two months ago) link

everything is cosplaying

Mordy, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:30 (two months ago) link

granted

imago, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:31 (two months ago) link

Popular kid

omar little, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:32 (two months ago) link

Whatever happened between JB and G is probably not fair play out of respect to him at the very least

omar little, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:33 (two months ago) link

they are still together and she likely just introduced that ugly ass pickup as a "hologram"

she also supported his anti union stance

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:36 (two months ago) link

If you look at some of her interviews/blog entries in the past she's always been kind of dorky and had some immature opinions on pretty much everything. It was sort of cute and on-brand earlier in her career because she was younger and it felt sincere because there was a childlike wonder to her music. Now she's in her 30's and dating billionaires so it doesn't feel cute or sincere anymore, it feels willfully naive and there's a backlash to show it, she is in heavy need of some rewiring.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:40 (two months ago) link

i thought they had broken up but ok i still think it's not v relevant to evaluating her as an artist

Mordy, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:41 (two months ago) link

"she is in heavy need of some rewiring"

jeez

Mordy, Monday, 25 November 2019 17:41 (two months ago) link

feel like some outlandish percentage like 75% of ilm distaste for grimes is bc she dated musk for a minute. i do understand since he's pretty distasteful and esp for ilx politics/aesthetics but seems so harsh to run her down bc of a very short romance.

― Mordy, Monday, November 25, 2019 9:59 AM (forty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

i won mordy bingo when i got to “ilx politics/aesthetics,” anyone else

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

Well, isn't she a cyborg?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:43 (two months ago) link

I still think she's is immensely talented and one of the best artists this decade, but I think she's wasting the spotlight and what should be her prime years as an artist in this album's cycle.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:49 (two months ago) link

just played label new music they rly dig it so hopefully smthn soon 😛

— ༺GRIM ≡゚S༻ (@Grimezsz) December 16, 2017

☮ (peace, man), Monday, 25 November 2019 17:55 (two months ago) link

Grimes has zero good ideas, end of story, lock thread, etc

💠 (crüt), Monday, 25 November 2019 18:24 (two months ago) link

@ ums i mean you're probably right. im trying to be charitable, as someone who has veered from admiration to disgust re: this project. her press release about optimizing her creative process and recent comments about how we are moving towards a sort of baudrillardian simulacrum existence for me was a glimmer of hope that she is subverting some of this shit, but ... you're probably right

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 25 November 2019 19:37 (two months ago) link

She should make a black metal album. Fans are used to overlooking politically problematic lyrics.

o. nate, Monday, 25 November 2019 19:44 (two months ago) link

we should probably just have one thread where we tell all the female artists how they should be conducting their careers.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 25 November 2019 20:22 (two months ago) link

tbf I'd find Elon Musk a little more entertaining if he was some random local dude who had goofy ideas instead of a billionaire who likes being a celebrity. kind of a social responsibility to live up to when your influence extends beyond your reach

mh, Monday, 25 November 2019 20:40 (two months ago) link

i'd be more tolerant of her ridiculous antics and embarrassing choice of partner if her music was still as great as it was a few years ago. the new album isn't bad but it's hard to feel excited about

as was said upthread she said plenty of poorly thought out ridiculous things before but that was much more endearing when she wasn't dating a tech billionaire who represents the worst of those sort of tech futurist ideas

ufo, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 00:43 (two months ago) link

we should probably just have one thread where we tell all the female artists how they should be conducting their careers.

― Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, November 25, 2019 3:22 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Congratulations you’ve cracked the code

treeship., Tuesday, 26 November 2019 01:03 (two months ago) link

how about one thousand posts where I tell everyone that Grimes is a dick

💠 (crüt), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 01:11 (two months ago) link

feel like some outlandish percentage like 75% of ilm distaste for grimes is bc she dated musk for a minute. i do understand since he's pretty distasteful and esp for ilx politics/aesthetics but seems so harsh to run her down bc of a very short romance.

― Mordy, Monday, November 25, 2019 11:59 AM (ten hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

in what way is this an ilm thing and not a common experience among music types in general

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 03:14 (two months ago) link

Listened to it today. It's not bad! Singles are great and IDORU is good too. Definitely sounds like an unfinished mix/master. Vocal recording/performance and production is the best she's done to this point. Production behind those vocals sounds fairly generic and uninspired compared to her earlier albums. If they can flesh that out, it's a solid record

octobeard, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 01:30 (two months ago) link

I liked IDORU a lot. the album is good, but I'll most likely wait until the thing is actually out before I spend more time with it.

fffv, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 01:47 (two months ago) link

the interviews with LDR and Brit Marling were pretty interesting. She has interesting and intelligent things to say.

akm, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 22:40 (one month ago) link

"she dated musk for a minute." she's still dating him so it's been a very long minute

akm, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 22:41 (one month ago) link

Reversing the ravages of age seemed like a lot to hope for, but what we did get was a shipping container-based art installation called AI Meditations. Created by Grimes in collaboration with technologist Matt Aimonetti, a sign at the entrance explained that it had been developed as an alternative meditation tool for those who disagree with the received wisdom that nature is inherently calming. “If you’ve grown up with the internet, your natural home is the digital realm,” it read. “As a cyborg, too much exposure to nature and peace can cause feelings of disconnection, making meditation through traditional avenues difficult.”

this is pretty funny. i'm back on the train

treeship., Friday, 6 December 2019 19:50 (one month ago) link

Get ready to be transported to a @CyberpunkGame future with a performance by @Grimezsz at #TheGameAwards! 🤖 pic.twitter.com/GizjHAccpc

— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) December 13, 2019

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Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Friday, 13 December 2019 03:35 (one month ago) link

if you like this, cool, but then you must also like track #14 on every mp3.com best of the month CD-ROM from 2002 as well

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Friday, 13 December 2019 03:38 (one month ago) link

sorry, i'm being rude. tripping balls with mike huckabee

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Friday, 13 December 2019 03:40 (one month ago) link

As opposed to track #12, which is CFCF's Liquid Colours.

MarkoP, Friday, 13 December 2019 03:59 (one month ago) link

not that there's anything wrong with that

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Friday, 13 December 2019 04:04 (one month ago) link

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

incapable of not loving this

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:59 (one month ago) link

i'm gonna like this record so much :(

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 16 December 2019 21:04 (one month ago) link

We're all going to become libertarian billionaires after this

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:11 (one month ago) link

that's the hell that grimes' current musical output implies, yes.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:57 (one month ago) link

She's forcing our hands!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 16 December 2019 22:58 (one month ago) link

she's forcing something, that's for sure. . .

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 16 December 2019 23:10 (one month ago) link

Everything from the new one is pretty great, stoked if We Appreciate power will wind up as a bonus track though the site I just checked didn’t have it on any edition but maybe their info is incorrect.

omar little, Monday, 16 December 2019 23:26 (one month ago) link

https://youtu.be/57cHzg9lszE

And the cyberpunk performance.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 06:03 (one month ago) link

zzzzzzzzz

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 06:54 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I'm not going to link to Grimes' Tweet, which is presumably meant to announce she is carrying Elon Musk's child. Feel free to search it out yourselves, if you dare.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

tbc, it's nsfw.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 23:14 (two weeks ago) link

tbc it’s lol

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

prudes

🪐🗡_ pic.twitter.com/3WXN1H22Mz

— ༺GRIM ≡゚S༻ (@Grimezsz) January 8, 2020

57mg/20floz, Thursday, 9 January 2020 00:00 (two weeks ago) link

What do the stupid emojis mean?

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 9 January 2020 09:37 (two weeks ago) link

Boomer-ing post.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:24 (two weeks ago) link


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