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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B006OAB2XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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To appreciate Claire, you need to check out a few Grimes music videos and live clips. There are a lot of female vocalists that are tough to understand without seeing the person; Bjork, Coco Rosie, and Laurie Anderson can all sound pretty weird the first time you hear them, before you get a feel for the person and what they are like.

I know that Ladytron is a respected group, for the most part, but I think Grimes really improves on their whole formula of beats and wispy female vocals. Ladytron's lyrics don't age well, but Claire avoids this problem because her lyrics are harder to make out. Also, her beats are a lot more fun than Ladytron. I am a huge fan of Crystal Castles, but no one seems willing to admit that CC mostly use drum patterns from house music. This is where Claire shines the most, because none of her beats are loyal to any specific genre, except the generic label of "dance music."

I do enjoy this album, as an extension of this fascinating person, but I have to admit that it feels like something is missing. I know she had done many collaborations, but I would like to hear another voice in this album just to change things up, and I would be interested to hear Claire break up her beats once in a while for some moody break-down kind of moments.

Before you mark my review as unhelpful, please note that I give this a good score, but mainly it seems like a peek at this artist's future potential, as she seems to improve with each release. I'm anxious to see what she does next.
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