Summer of ’16 Album Series: Grimes, “Art Angels”



It may prove difficult to characterize Grimes’ musical style in less than 5 words: “electronica-synth-dream-pop, multilayered with frequent infusions of industrial, goth, baroque, darkwave, blended with vocal effects that range from ethereal to nightmarish, and interwoven on top of elemental R&B, hip-hop, classical, pop, rock, and world music foundations” is the best I can come up with in the moment.

Grimes herself has described her style of music to be “ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) music,” citing a range of influences from Cocteau Twins to Aphex Twin to Nine Inch Nails to Christina Aguilera.  

Born Claire Elise Boucher in Vancouver in 1988, this young singer/songwriter/producer/visual artist began making music while studying neuroscience and Russian literature at McGill University in Montreal, staging shows at an old textile factory that she and her friends dubbed La Synthèse.  

As her musical project, Grimes, became her primary passion and focus, Boucher began skipping classes, which ultimately led to her expulsion from McGill.

Not to be deterred, Grimes continued creating, and collaborating, on various musical projects, and the scene that spawned La Synthèse eventually founded Arbutus Records, the label which released Grimes first two albums, “Geidi Prime” and “Halfaxa” in 2010.

Grimes’ third album, “Visions,” was released in 2012, with two singles, “Genesis” and “Oblivion,” receiving both widespread critical acclaim and a worldwide listening audience.

In November of 2015, Grimes released her latest, and most popular album to date, “Art Angels,” first as a digital release, then followed by physical releases. The album features Grimes’ own artwork on the cover, as well as hit singles, “Kill V. Maim,” “Flesh Without Blood,” and “California.”

Upon its release, “Art Angels” was met with highest critical acclaim, but the album initially was received with a mixed fan response, as its unique sound and atypical vocal styles were somewhat of a departure of her earlier works, or really, a departure of anything anyone had ever done, or heard, before.

Quickly enough, however, we all became hooked on the sound, and now we can’t get enough of that ethereal voice, warped through Alvin and the Chipmunks amphetamine style-autotone, singing so sweetly the stuff of nightmares…all at once, it’s disturbing, energizing, intoxicating, and highly, highly addictive.

Grimes’ musical style in one word? Visionary.

So, what the hell are we waiting for?

Gimme my fix, man!

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Have fun, kids.

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 Happy to add this latest Grimes track, which dropped the very day this post did.  

Expect to see it again in future playlist(s). ❤️





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