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Grimes - Visions

Recommended by us on 9th March 2012. 14 people love me. Be the 15th...

Visions by Grimes
  • Vinyl LP £11.39 + download code + £2.70 shipping, based on your current cart
  • LP on 4AD & download (CAD3208)
  • Artist: Grimes
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Experimental Pop
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  • Artist: Grimes
  • Label: 4AD
  • Genres: Experimental Pop
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(1 review) 8/10


8/10 according to on Fri 09 Mar, 2012

As Pitchfork and the blogosphere go crazy over this lady, is it another case of us mere mortals being  left wondering what all the fuss is really about? Opener 'Infinite Without Fulfilment' sounds EXACTLY like an R&B hit of recent vintage that I just can't place and is a really inauspicious start. 'Genesis' though is probably the track that could win me over with its tuneful synths recalling the likes of Plaid but shot through with a pop sensibility -  hi end twinkly synth melodies and a catchy echoed vocal that layers on top of itself rather effectively. I'm terribly unsure about her voice  - its high pitch squeak recalls Cyndi Lauper at her most shrill , yet is really effective on this track. The vocals are kind of wordless so theres nothing to grab onto yet the track fits perfectly somewhere in between haunted electronica and an '80s-referencing pop hit. 'Oblivion' veers further into standard 80's tinny pop  - a Debbie Gibson re-aligned for the post M.I.A generation, the melody recalling almost exactly Tiffany's 'I Think We're Alone Now'. If Grimes voice is shrill in its natural form, 'Eight' sees it pitch-shifted up to a tone only audible to dogs. 'Circumambient' and 'Vowels'  veer somewhere towards soulful with some nice electronic stabs and a heartfelt vocal in each case but I'm still left with the horror memories of mid-'80s Madonna B sides.


Press release

    •    4AD release ‘Visions’, the defining new album from Grimes.

    •    For those unaware, Grimes is the inventive work of Claire Boucher, a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early 2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry.

    •    ‘Visions’ will be her fourth release in less than two years. With her creative bent being both musical and visual, her second self embodies the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound, weaving them all together to strong rhythmic effect. Subsequent records have sharpened her production skills and each one has tackled different influences and styles. This new set incorporates influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and Glitch, resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.

    •    Claire describes her work as “the only means through which I can be fully expressive. It is both an ethereal escape from, and a violent embrace of, my experience. The creative process is a quest for the ultimate sensual, mystical and cathartic experience and the vehicle for my psychic purging. ‘Visions’ was conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see daylight.”

   •    Grimes is heading out on a North American tour in late- February and is scheduled to reach Europe in May.

   •    LP contains free download code.

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