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.

der dukatenscheisser (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:44 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

New track available here. Good stuff.

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

this one is the one I love (right now).

fffv, Thursday, 5 January 2012 04:29 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

fffv, Thursday, 5 January 2012 05:10 (six years ago) Permalink


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

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

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

lists of "influences" are always cringeworthy

Number None, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:42 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

's musical output.

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

Geidi Prime is stronger than Halfaxa, imo.

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

And Austra.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 23:01 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

jaymc, Friday, 3 February 2012 22:34 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

really digging this myself

Chris S, Saturday, 4 February 2012 03:07 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

For legit consumers, Visions streaming in its entirety

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

yeh this is excellent

nathey, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 16:30 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

^ Also of Montreal.

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

so she made this on garageband, huh?

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

Soref otm it’s not grimes who misunderstands her brand here ...

Tho she does misunderstand twitter

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Lmfao @ Elton Musk

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Real talk I’ve long insisted on calling him elton musk, to the point that when I came up with my excellent sn I nearly published it as “eltonio” (which actually works a lot better) before I remembered that was based on the joke name I gave him & not his actual name

Elonio Grimesci (wins), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Her brand will survive she'll be fine.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

the brands, the brands, won't somebody think of the brands!

carles danger maus (s.clover), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:15 (one month ago) Permalink

I want someone to do a 2018 version of Guy Peellaert's Rock Dreams with ppl twitter is obsessed with: Grimes, Elon Musk, Jordan Peterson, the prison planet guy etc

soref, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 20:30 (one month ago) Permalink

fuck. i tried doing that before. anyway Elton Musk says "So heavy I fell thru the earth" is about to come out.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

this thread triggered Elton so much he's starting Pravda

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:09 (one month ago) Permalink

She needs to release something soon so we can finally decide if Grimes is over.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:43 (one month ago) Permalink

she needs to release a demo, followed months later by a studio cut, then we can extend the thread by a thousand more posts.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:47 (one month ago) Permalink

if we're going to figure this out, we should continue to hype this entire mess to completely disproportionate levels so that the story starts to spill into the mainstream just as the new single lands

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:50 (one month ago) Permalink

welcome to realiti!

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 22:57 (one month ago) Permalink

tbf this is a good career move for her, generates controversy/attention, and sets her up for a big redemption act when they inevitably break up

(full disclosure I give no shits about her music/career and am only dimly aware of her/don't care)

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink


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lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 23 May 2018 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Just heard Realiti demo and it reminded me how great it is... so that’s a free of sin pass for me. I’ll ignore her response tweets all is forgiven c, peace.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I don’t want him to turn her into a bond villain like him.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:14 (one month ago) Permalink

She's a 30yo, grown woman. She is well past the point of needing help being a shitty person. Why not just go full misogny and say she's been dickmatized?

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:00 (one month ago) Permalink

somebody stop this thread

niels, Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:01 (one month ago) Permalink

lmao at Slappy being mad that this thread isn't misogynist enough to get performatively angry about. "c'mon guys! i can defend grimes too! just, gimme something to work with here."

carles danger maus (s.clover), Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:43 (one month ago) Permalink

"you don't have to call her names or anything. i'd take some mild slut-shaming, or even body-shaming in a pinch. i'm jonesing real bad here."

carles danger maus (s.clover), Thursday, 24 May 2018 07:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Doing your part to keep this hot, hot thread a hot, hot mess. Well done!

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:35 (one month ago) Permalink


startled macropod (MatthewK), Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Hahaha this thread is hilarious

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

We should start a new thread once new music actually starts dropping.

how's life, Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:52 (one month ago) Permalink

this'll just happen again

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

well there's a teaser for new music she's involved in so that's something that's less of a trainwreck to discuss

ufo, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:04 (one month ago) Permalink

i wonder how ilx would react if sting and elon musk started dating?

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Do the Teslas love their children too?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Lock thread.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 25 May 2018 01:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I, for one, am quite looking forward to the inevitable Kanye/Grimes collab: REALiTi Scoop

octobeard, Saturday, 26 May 2018 06:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I bet it will lift yourself out of oblivion

octobeard, Saturday, 26 May 2018 06:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i would love to

— CHEAPY XO (@cheapyxo) June 3, 2018

dude! please can we hang 🎶🎶🎶🎶

— Grimes (@Grimezsz) June 4, 2018

my brain is dying.

how's life, Monday, 4 June 2018 18:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...tbh she might be a horrible person but I find AZB's music on average way more enjoyable than Grimes'

Simon H., Monday, 4 June 2018 18:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink


maura, Monday, 4 June 2018 18:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

She’s surrounding herself with some good company lately.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 4 June 2018 18:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

maybe we get lucky and this story ends with AZB making a ritual sacrifice out of him

Simon H., Monday, 4 June 2018 18:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm officially convinced everyone involved is a troll out of Henson's creature shop. The latest in AI.

Cousin Slappy, Monday, 4 June 2018 19:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

his name was Jim

Tapes 'n Tapes of Osho (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 4 June 2018 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

azb is ridiculous but would love to hear her collab with grimes (if it doesnt lead to ridiculous beef between the two)

ufo, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so this one is like my ethereal chav jam that’s like ... a cyberpunk interpretation of the bajirao mastani movie (plz watch this incredible film if u haven’t) from mastanis perspective, dunno if it makes sense without the low end. these r just demos bein recorded thru my phone so

— Grimes (@Grimezsz) June 5, 2018

well i said i’d post some snippets of new music earlier so this prob sounds terrible thru my phone recording but it’s the cheesy love song i was talking about that i don’t like but everyone else likes, made the instrumental w my new mellotron!

— Grimes (@Grimezsz) June 5, 2018

snippets of 4aem and adore u, both sound promising

ufo, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 06:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ok, now this is Grimes news I can get behind

how's life, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 08:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fuckit now I have to dismantle my moral outrage because they sound great

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

warning: this is probably the very worst way in the entire universe to hear snippets of new music from an artist you like

obviously DLC (Karl Malone), Friday, 15 June 2018 14:20 (one week ago) Permalink

No it could be worse. It could be played on the stereo of Tesla as it is sent out to space.

MarkoP, Friday, 15 June 2018 14:46 (one week ago) Permalink

whoa she has a mellotron... sick

flappy bird, Friday, 15 June 2018 16:44 (one week ago) Permalink

No it could be worse. It could be played on the stereo of Tesla as it is sent out to space.

this seems like the perfect way

beard papa, Friday, 15 June 2018 17:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Not judging her for making that ad, but man it’s uncool.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 15 June 2018 19:04 (one week ago) Permalink

You go grimes! This will show those about evil conglomerates.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 16 June 2018 06:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Missd a word

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 16 June 2018 06:56 (one week ago) Permalink

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