[MP3/VIDEO] Grimes – “Vanessa” & “Oblivion”

i need someone now to look into my eyes and tell me girl you know you’ve gotta watch your health

♫ Grimes – Oblivion

  • Who: Claire Boucher
  • What: Angelic freak pop, like Lykki Li, Austra
  • Where: Montreal, Canada + Facebook / Amazon
  • When: 3rd LP Visions is out now.
  • Why: Hearing the name “Grimes” doesn’t quite conjure up anything like the image you see at right and that’s one of the reasons I didn’t realize I loved Grimes for a long time. Based on the name I made assumptions about dirty, lo-fi, distortion, etc. Then I was in Austin for SXSW and dancing my ass off at Barbarella and this beautiful beat came on the PA followed by this china-fine voice that slipped through my ears. “This is Grimes,” Joel told me. And then I was hooked. “Oblivion” is a hyper-infectious groove machine that bounces through a foggy forrest of elastic bass. Boucher’s voice punches through the haze with it’s own slippery rhythm and the whole thing is magical. Turn it up.

♫ Grimes – Vanessa

Upon realizing Grimes has been around forever in Internet years (3 albums), I nabbed a few tracks floating around and “Vanessa” is one of those gems. A slower experience but equally enthralling. Now that I have found myself in Montreal this weekend it seems appropriate to write about Grimes. And also time to catch up to present day and get my hands on Visions. While I do, I highly recommend joining Grimes in her video for “Oblivion.” Suddenly all that arena sports crap looks appealing if I got to wave hot dogs with Claire. And that’s not a euphemism. Maybe.