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Grimes is the moniker of Canadian producer, singer and artist Claire Boucher. She approaches music in a way that is both sensually pleasurable and exploratory; sonic experimentalism run through a 'pop' filter. The music is youthfully schizophrenic and searching, a voyage into the yet undefined territory of post-internet, re-spiritualized sound. Grimes strongly values a physical and communal experience of music (it's danceability), experimental vocalization, and psychedelia. Grimes is self-indulgence, devastation and ecstasy. humanity, spirituality, escapism, identity, reality.

1. Infinite Love Without Fulfilment
2. Genesis
3. Oblivion
4. Eight
5. Circumambient
6. Vowels = space and time
7. Visiting Statue
8. Be A Body
9. Colour of Moonlight (Antiochus) [feat. Doldrums]
10. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
11. Nightmusic (feat. Majical Clouds)
12. Skin
13. Know The Way

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B006OAB2XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Olson on February 25, 2012
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The electronic & spacey sound isn't necessarily unique, but pair it with the odd vocals and you have something quite special. Like other musicians with "odd" voices (Joanna Newsom, Ian Curtis, Billy Corgan), either you get used to it or it'll never do it for you. At times the sound scapes sound very Japanese music influenced, alien, or ambient. Really something special in a world of familiarity. Repeated listens are rewarding. Great music for long drives. One of the best of 2012, for sure.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I AM on September 14, 2012
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If you had asked me a few months ago if I liked pop-sounding electronica with copious amounts of samples and higher-pitched/baby-voiced vocals, I might have laughed and exclaimed, "Hell no!" But Grimes is proof that it is always better to remain open in life so you don't miss out for the simple fact of self-limiting rigidity, because her music is nourishing, inspiring and makes me dance and feel happy.

I found Grimes one day on accident during an Odyssey through YouTube in a video of her performing at SXSW. Her presence, fearlessness in creativity and self-expression are beautiful and an inspiration.

This album is wonderful! I highly recommend it...even to people who wouldn't normally listen to this kind of music!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alex Pasternak on February 28, 2012
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I'm not going to do a song-by-song review or anything, but I cannot stop listening to this album. So many excellent songs. Genesis & Oblivion start the album off on a great note after a short intro, and then just wait until Circumambient! A highlight of the year so far.

Update: After listening to it extensively on (legal) streaming, I decided to go ahead and buy a physical copy on CD, especially after someone said the packaging was great. I'm extremely disappointed, as the packaging is completely barebones. No insert, no lyrics, just a digipak and the physical disk. I'm somewhat glad I bought it because it lets me support the artist a little more directly, but this is not how you package a CD if you're trying to get people to still buy physical media.

Music: 5 stars
Actual CD of Visions: 1.5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alf R. Bergesen on April 30, 2012
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It took me a couple of spins of Visions' first single, Oblivion, to get used to Claire Boucher's baby ghost vocal stylings, but by about the fourth or fifth listen, I was hooked. I immediately downloaded the rest of the album and I've been listening to it on repeat ever since. A one-woman electronic band, Grimes can lay down some funky beats, and she uses her voice like another instrument, weaving rich, almost ethereal, yet often danceable tunes, thick with rythm and melody. The album presents a good mix of uptempo songs and almost sensual slow burners, and it all flows together seamlessly. Her talents in composition and orchestration are truly impressive.

Be forewarned, though: Grimes' voice is probably not going to appeal to a broad audience. She often sings in a pretty high register, or in a breathy whimper, and it takes a little while for the ear to appreciate her vocal talents. Her voice is actually remarkably versatile- sometimes she sounds like the Sundays' Harriet Wheeler, other times she sounds like Enya, and sometimes even, Stacy Q. The voice is the key component of her musical arsenal, though. She does all kinds of things with her voice, sampling it, looping it, putting it through a delay, using it as a percussive instrument. Coupled with her impressive studio talents, and her ear for melody, it is a potent weapon.

Overall, Visions is a truly powerful and memorable listening experience. Like a dark, rich beer, it does take a little getting used to. But if you are a patient listener in search of slightly different fare, you will likely find it a rewarding investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on April 8, 2012
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Claire Boucher's (Grimes) streamlined approach to making music isn't particularly sui generis in the 2010's, many artists are frequently being described as ecclectic now, but few are able to construct a distinctive aesthetic out of the disparate influences they peddle. Thats the main strengh of this album, the songs on here have elements of familiarity but neither of them feel indebted to a particular era. Take Genesis, it features looped piano notes, oriental sounds, hi hat cymbals, electronic beats and Claire's playfully childlike vocals, which are all introduced within the first 30 seconds of the song and then alternated in various forms throughout it's 4 minute playing time. It sounds a little sporadic on paper, but it works really well by not just offering you a cornucopia of delights but introducing these elements at just the right time to keep you engaged and eager to see what's coming next.

Be A Body is another obvious treat too, with it's electro ambient permutations and Boucher's sweetly synthetic falsetto, sending you off to some futuristic utopia. The rest of the album juggles similar sounds in different ways like Oblivions employment of noises you might find in an arcade somewhere in the early 90's. Than there's Nightmusic's snippets of neoclassical sounds that are neatly interwoven with the ambient synts and piano loops that are found all over this album. This music won't be for everybody i hasten to add and even though i'm fond of it, i found Grimes delicate patchwork of sounds to be a little too cutesy and adorable at times leaving some of the songs on here sounding merely pleasant and a little forgettable. Nevertheless i still found this a charming foray into a pop wonderland that felt pleasently familiar yet refreshingly novel, if your an electro pop fan it's definitely worth giving this a listen as your likely to really enjoy this.
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