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The Vision From ‘Grimes’

The Vision From ‘Grimes’

by ImyFebruary 20, 2013


Claire Boucher well known as Grimes on stage name, Canadian artist by native of Vancouver, an experimental music artist involved with underground electronic and industrial music scene. Using keyboard and synthesizer for her instrument she gather it with her unique vocal. Sometimes accompanied by drums and occasionally guitar instrumentation. Grimes utilizes looping and layering techniques, particularly with vocals; many of her songs feature layers of over fifty different vocal tracks which create an “ethereal” sound.

There will always be the Grimes sound. She definitely always want huge beats. Her voice, though, it is what it is and it’s not going to change. She feel like she go through phases all the time; Visions is her New Jack swing drum and bass phase. What’s interesting about Grimes is that it’s attempting to be pop but its kind of failing and ending up somewhere else and the climax is her third album “Visions” acclaim by New York Times as “one of the most impressive album of the year so far”.

Visions is actually really old, she finished it in August. It’s mostly about emotional stuff, this record. This is also the first record for which she tried writing lyrics although they are unclear because of her lisp. Her other records were pretty emotionally aimless. Since this is her job now she wanted this record to mean a lot to her. So there’s definitely stuff in the lyrics but she think its vague enough that most people wouldn’t know what the fuck its about, said Boucher.
On her collaboration with d’Eon album name “Darkbloom” Claire Boucher of Grimes sounds like a pop star from a distant planet– distant enough that “pop star” is an unfamiliar concept there, but close enough to intercept earthly radio signals and press some bootlegs of Mariah Carey’s no. 1s. This comes out on the crystalline “Vanessa”, a driving, ’90s-style Euro-disco jam with an infectious keyboard melody. Though she still embraces experimental music, Boucher tried for something a bit catchier with her latest batch of tunes. On 2010 her first two albums, Geidi Primes and Halfaxa, both built on murky beats, hazy soundscapes and ethereal new-age synths. Boucher’s specialty, however, is her lusciously woven but generally under-enunciated vocals. Grimes herself cited various musicians as influences, including Skinny Puppy,Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, How to Dress Well, Swans, Dandi Wind, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Outkast, Dungeon Family, Drake, The Weeknd, as well as K-pop,medieval music and industrial artists. She also considers Los Angeles stripper/rapper Brooke Candy “a very contemporary muse.

Grimes will be performing along this year on Asia on such country as Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, and South Korea.

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