Grimes/Claire Boucher thread

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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

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 (seven years ago) link

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

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:46 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, Tim. The BRAIDS reference was not accidental.

Visions is getting a 4AD release in the rest of the world, but Grimes and BRAIDS and Blue Hawaii a couple of other bands in the same general aesthetic universe were all on the same local label for a few years based out of Montreal.

A bunch of their early stuff is available for download by donation at the Arbutus website, including Geidi Primes and Halfaxa, the first two Grimes albums, and Blue Hawaii's Blooming Summer.

Not that that necessarily implies that they sound *the same* but their music is definitely in conversation with each other.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:01 (seven years ago) link

And 'Skin' continues to be the standout for me - the first Grimes track that's hit me emotionally.

(That's not a backhanded compliment - I love the rest of her stuff, but Skin really gets to me.)

Other standouts: Infinite <3 without fulfillment, Genesis, Oblivion, Vowels = space and time, Be a Body (侘寂). Possibly Nightmusic.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:03 (seven years ago) link

thanks for the links and suggestions, alex!

tmi but (Z S), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:06 (seven years ago) link

Of the first two Grimes album, I think Halfaxa is a bit more like this one - it's the clear transition to the kind of thing she's doing now, but I love Geidi Primes - it's a little less cohesive, but there's a lot of cool stuff going on.

The Blue Hawaii tape was one of my favourite albums of 2010 - the standout is 'Blue Gowns'. Blue Hawaii's vocalist = the lead vocalist from BRAIDS which should help determine if it's your thing or if you should steer clear - (aka this is a warning for Lex)

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:10 (seven years ago) link

The Geidi Primes cover is also really lovely:

http://hangout.altsounds.com/geek/gars/images/1/2/8/3/8/tumblr_l0qlcwbcft1qz8wqzo1_400.png

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:13 (seven years ago) link

Halfaxa got another similar weird "skull" motif cover everywhere else, but in Canada we got a photo negative of a topless woman with a bunch of purple.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:16 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QGXPM_BonA#!

Just found this - apparently there was a re-release of 'Halfaxa' with this track tossed in the middle of it and I never found out? This is lovely.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:21 (seven years ago) link

laurel halo did an awesome remix of that track

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:51 (seven years ago) link

And naturally it's not available anywhere but Europe. Dammit. (The Original. Not the Remix)

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 18 February 2012 16:54 (seven years ago) link

if you're going to rip off the sacred bones design scheme

well, it does "rip off" the sacred bones design scheme (general layout, fonts), but also pushes beyond it in interesting ways. and the drawing is wonderful. one of my favorite album covers of the year so far.

Little GTFO (contenderizer), Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:07 (seven years ago) link

Skin is killing me. Be a Body (侘寂) too. all of them really.

I think the album really shows post-everything/Internet music doesn't have to just be some senseless exercise in referencing. like there's the Mr. Bungle/Girl Talk-style, 'yo look what just threw in' approach, but it can be done more selectively. like anything is available, but then you can pick out a finite set of elements with more purpose. this feels really cohesive and harmonious to me, like there's a logic to the aesthetic system she creates, and real emotional resonance (really gets to me actually). could probably work out some cultural meaning in this beyond just 'hey post-modernism waka waka'

Chris S, Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:12 (seven years ago) link

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, February 18, 2012 11:15 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The (excellent) Frankie Rose album is much more in Julianna Barwick territory than this is, IMO.

Tim F, Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:00 (seven years ago) link

She comes across as tremendously likable in the p4k interview I think - love how she invokes all this hi falutin stuff almost inevitably to have a go at herself, and she seems to anticipate a lot of the criticisms that people might want to throw at her without seeming like that's what she set out to do.

Tim F, Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:41 (seven years ago) link

Boucher, I mean.

Tim F, Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:41 (seven years ago) link

Smoke weed, listen to Mariah Carey. Hilarious, and awesome.

MikoMcha, Sunday, 19 February 2012 11:53 (seven years ago) link

she seems like an excellent person! but i'm not hearing anything compelling in her music.

lex pretend, Sunday, 19 February 2012 15:40 (seven years ago) link

Frankie Rose is a vocalist, songwriter and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. She was formerly an original member of acclaimed garage rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls.[1]

erm i'll stick with julianna barwick thanks :o

lex pretend, Sunday, 19 February 2012 15:41 (seven years ago) link

her background really does not inform the new album at all

call all destroyer, Sunday, 19 February 2012 16:48 (seven years ago) link

haha lex how do you ever manage to listen to gang gang dance without vomiting everywhere.

Tim F, Sunday, 19 February 2012 20:17 (seven years ago) link

i carefully avoid finding out information about them that might turn me off.

no, if i google a new act and p4k AND stereogum are on the first page of results then i consider that a sign. dunno what the fuck "brooklyn vegan" is but with a name like that it can't be a good thing.

lex pretend, Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:46 (seven years ago) link

rofl

illuminati girl (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 19 February 2012 22:53 (seven years ago) link

man i wish i could not know what brooklyn vegan is

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Sunday, 19 February 2012 23:00 (seven years ago) link

So obsessed with this album. Like I start to get really, really excited when I hear the piano-based second chorus in "Genesis" and that feeling doesn't really dissipate for the rest of the album.

Tim F, Monday, 20 February 2012 10:25 (seven years ago) link

genesis was played yesterday morning on 6 music.

having seen the album artwork i was very pleasantly surprised as it was not what i expected at all.

sounded ace.

mark e, Monday, 20 February 2012 10:29 (seven years ago) link

My feeling is ppl are jumping to conclusions way too fast itt; this is more how I hoped “art angels” era would sound, maybe not a home run as a single but I could see being either disappointed or exciting depending on what follows ... not mad at refinement though, a lot of ilx hated “the present lover” for similar reasons & imo that album is a total classic

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 5 September 2019 21:41 (one month ago) link

i personally like the track but i also don't have a particular allegiance to any single grimes style or sound or aesthetic, i'd have been disappointed if she'd stuck to a Visions template. it's hard to remember now how some of her earlier stuff found its way into chillwave threads (where even then something like "Vanessa" stood out as superior to most of the other tracks being posted and that's where i first heard of her) and it's probably good she didn't stick to a predictable path.

omar little, Thursday, 5 September 2019 22:10 (one month ago) link

Oh, I like this much more than WAP

winters (josh), Friday, 6 September 2019 03:42 (one month ago) link

love the way this song sounds

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2019 03:43 (one month ago) link

I've listened to it a few more times and I'm enjoying it more than my first listen. I guess the reservation I really have with it is that it sounds like the coda to some longer, more fleshed out song. Which it very well could be, in context of the album, but it's a pretty irritating choice for a first single.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 6 September 2019 11:12 (one month ago) link

This new song is great, easily the most I've ever enjoyed her music.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 6 September 2019 13:38 (one month ago) link

this sounds like a good song to do the macarena to

Non stop chantar (crüt), Friday, 6 September 2019 14:09 (one month ago) link

Hmmmmmmm...

.@Grimezsz is awesome. That is all.

— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 9, 2019

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 September 2019 20:00 (one month ago) link

symphonia mmxx (my wait is ubi)

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:39 (one month ago) link

Pursuing that coveted World Princess vote

what else are you all “over” (Champiness), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 02:46 (one month ago) link

Well, there's not much of a song but I still like this more than almost anything she's done since Visions (I REALLY disliked Art Angels and the following stuff).
So I might be interested in her output again... that's good !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:00 (one month ago) link

i don't get the people who hated art angels but like this because this just sounds like a sketch of an art angels song to me (in a negative way not in positive realiti demo comparison lol)

ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

Well, I guess that's the more understated, minimalist, atmospheric/dreamy, demo aspect that I prefer in her work.
I loved Visions but couldn't stand the OTT production approach of Art Angels.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:53 (one month ago) link

Likewise.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:54 (one month ago) link

And that new track isn't great or anything. But it doesn't annoy me and is nice enough so that's already a big improvement to me !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:54 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.residentadvisor.net/news/44536

will relisten to hear this putative optimization!

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

that show looks rad and i wish i were anywhere near miami so i could go. i had missed the new single until seeing that article. i rlly like it but i want to remix it and add a B section after the breakdown.

davey, Thursday, 3 October 2019 09:29 (two weeks ago) link


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