Veritable pop art
ART ANGELS Grimes
FOR a young woman, having four albums (all cutting edge, forward thinking and groundbreaking) in her relatively short music career is outstanding. Having recently rediscovered the wonder and amazement of first hearing something life-changing, when stumbling upon her latest work Art Angels released almost two years ago, a special consideration was made: A throwback review needs to be done.
Some of you reading may have never heard of Claire Boucher, better known by the stage name Grimes. Consider this a community service.
Most indie artistes have an issue with calling their music pop.
Understandably so, pop has become a genre so overloaded with assembly line products and overpopulated with fans with too little knowledge of music, it’s become a place to be avoided like the morgue.
Grimes, 29, has no such qualms though, easily answering in interviews that her music is futuristic pop, from sounds built on her impeccable production talent.
All without any musical genealogy. She didn’t learn the piano at 3 or have a parent who also happens to be a musical legend.
You wouldn’t be able to tell on the record though, with synths and beats that get you dancing, and lyrics with so much meaning she may as well be a poet.
From Kill V. Maim to Easily, with the former similar to Kpop and the latter, a hybrid synth-ballad, the sheer variety of sounds on the album is mind-boggling.
A collaboration with Janelle Monae on Venus Fly shows her willingness to share her art and pedestal with big names, while still appreciating the unique talents of the underground on Scream, which features Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes (yes, the rap is in Mandarin).
The story of fan favourite Realiti (she loses her hard drive with the project, and only recovered a copy with severely affected audio and almost didn’t release said track) makes you wonder, how much more does Grimes really have in her arsenal?
Personal standout tracks are Realiti and World Princess Part II, back to back and an absolute favourite part of the album.
And we haven’t even discussed her music videos, co-directed by her brother Mac.
Neither have we touched on her dubstep track with Blood Diamonds.
But if an attempt was made to cover everything Grimes, the word limit would do her an injustice.
Art Angels hits way above its weight and if you’ve not heard it, it’s your loss.