Music / Grimes

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Claire Boucher a.k.a. Grimes
Claire Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, a reference to the artist Ken Grimes (and Grime music), is a Canadian electronic musician, artist and music video director.

Born and raised in Vancouver, she started writing and recording songs while in college, which made her miss a great number of classes and ended up with her being expelled from her university. Not so bad, as now she could dedicate herself to be a full-time musician, collaborating with various DJ's such as Majical Cloudz, making an EP with musician d'Eon and opening shows to singer Lykke Li.

Grimes musical style is mostly electronic and experimental, though it ranges a lot.

Discography so far:

Albums:
  • Geidi Primes (2010)
  • Halfaxa (2010)
  • Visions (2012)
  • Art Angels (2015)

Extended Plays:
  • Darkbloom (2011, in collaboration with musician d'Eon)

Grimes and her music contains examples of:

  • Artist Disillusionment / Berserk Button: In a recent blog post she not only lashed out on people sexualizing her and referring to her as "cute" or "waif-like", she even went as far as to cancel the remainder of her world tour due to being royally pissed off by that behavior.
  • Careful with That Axe: The appropriately named "Scream" off of Art Angels.
  • Darker and Edgier: The demo of "Realiti" compared to the more upbeat album version.
  • Dye Hard: Already dyed her hair with colors such as pink and blue.
  • Echoing Acoustics: Reverb is pretty much everywhere, but notably used in Genesis and Skin.
  • Heart Symbol: "Infinite ❤ Without Fulfillment."
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: It's pointed out how often she inserts "like" into her sentences. She even lampshades this by saying she talks like a valley girl.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A great deal of songs in the Visions album, including the opening track "Infinite ❤ Without Fulfillment," "Genesis," "Oblivion," among others. "Oblivion" is actually about a sexual assault incident Grimes experienced as a teenager and features the chorus, "See you on a dark night."
  • Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: As newspaper The Guardian summarized, "By sounding a little like everything you've ever heard, the whole sounds like nothing you've ever heard." Grimes herself describes her style as "ADD musics."
  • New Sound Album: Art Angels is definitely one of these. She changed the electronic-lo-fi-dream-pop to a louder, direct electropop sound.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Both Geidi Primes and especially Halfaxa are filled with dark and eerie moments:
    • Geidi Primes is mostly subdued and soothing, but has a rather eerie feel to it too. "Shadout Mapes" is very weird and unsettling, while "Venus In Furs" is similar with it's distorted yet folksy waltz. Additionally, sadder songs like "Rosa" and "Avi" are very haunting and "Beast Infection" has some weird vocal distortion not to mention a disturbing title.
    • Halfaxa heavily evokes dark fantasy and castles; Grimes herself was apparently inspired by medieval music for it. Particularly dark tracks include "Weregild", "Rasik", "Dream Fortress" (which begins slightly eerie but mostly soothing and dreamy until an abrupt change into freakiness, then goes back to the first part...), "River" and most certainly the lengthy "Hallways".
  • Older Than They Look: She is currently 28 years old, but honestly looks way younger.
  • One Woman Song: "Vanessa" and "Rosa."
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Pretty much all of the backing vocals are just layers of her own vocals.
  • Take That, Audience!: During a pool party at Richie Hawtin's house in Ibiza for an online show, in front of several major DJs who meant Serious Business, she did Something Completely Different and trolled everyone by playing a set full of cheesy pop music; primarily Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey (specifically "All I Want for Christmas is You"), and the Vengaboys. Off an iPod. Predictably, people were angry.
  • Take That, Critics!: "California", from Art Angels is a diss track to Pitchfork.
  • Tear Jerker: All over her music.
    • "Rosa" is extremely saddening and gloomy and "Avi" is similar. There is a somewhat sensitive/introverted feel to the whole album with the simple, lonely vocals.
    • Very frequent all over Halfaxa, "Devon", "Swan Song" and "Favriel" in particular.
    • Misc songs on Visions, like "Genesis", "Oblivion", "Vowels" and "Skin".
  • We Used to Be Friends: "Pin".

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