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MP3 of the Day #839: Grimes

 
By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Canadian electronic goddess Grimes has released a new song featuring LA electro artist Blood Diamonds. Called simply ‘Go’, it actually sounds less experimental and out there and therefore more accessible than songs on her breakout album on 4AD, ‘Visions’. Listen to and grab the song for your very own from the Soundcloud widget below.

 

Live Gig Video: Franz Ferdinand cover Grimes’ ‘Oblivion’ for a French radio station

 
By on Thursday, 29th August 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

This is the cover that no-one ever saw coming. Franz Ferdinand doing their take on Grimes‘ ‘Oblivion’ for French radio station Oui FM. I’m being serious. What’s even weirder is that the lyrics being sung by Alex Kapranos actually work in this situation, because for once you can understand Claire Boucher’s words. Watch it below.

John’s review of the Scots’ latest album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ can be read here.


Franz Ferdinand – Grimes cover – Session… by radioouifm

 

Top Albums of 2012: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Wowsers, has this year flown by or what? I can scarcely believe we’re ready to celebrate Christmas in a week’s time, but you know what that means, boys and girls. It’s time for the editor’s top picks of 2012. Unlike most lists that have already published either in print or online, there will be no mentions of Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar or DIIV. Sorry. No, and this year, I tried to get away from dance as I could, which seems really odd considering where I found myself 2 years ago; this is probably good commentary on the music scene at large, where beats – either urban or poppy – have invaded nearly every facet of radio and except for the odd album or two, I found these to be completely devoid of heart. Or character. (But there were 3 in my top 10 that were arguably dance albums, so maybe there’s still hope…) Without further delay, here are my picks for 2012.

The-Crookes-Hold-Fast-cover1. The Crookes – ‘Hold Fast’ (Fierce Panda) – In the shadow of love – in its electric (2010’s #1, Delphic’s ‘Acolyte’) and nostalgic, life affirming (2011’s #1, Noah and the Whale’s ‘Last Night on Earth’) forms – my #1 this year goes as far back to basics with the good ol’ pop-tinged rock ‘n’ roll of Sheffield’s Crookes. I’ve always thought that the smartest songwriters are those that can write catchy tunes while also offering up thought-provoking, intelligent lyric; guitarist Daniel Hopewell fits this description to a T.

This album would feel equally at home in the 1960s as it does in 2012. There is no studio trickery or fancy production here, just heartfelt (and heartbroken in ‘Maybe in the Dark’) feelings being sung to memorable melodies that can help to remind you of simpler times. Or simply remind you of the important people who have coloured your life. Do yourself a favour and get this album. If you’re not sold yet, read my review of ‘Hold Fast’ here.

Keston-Cobblers-Club-cover2. Keston Cobblers’ Club – ‘One, for Words’ (Beatnik Geek) – It has been shown to us time and time again that family members who sing together make some incredible music. (For one, the Beach Boys.) In Julia and Matthew Lowe, we have familial alchemy at work again, this time on some incredible folk pop. When one album can make you laugh, make you cry, make you wistful for a former lover, make you remember through happy tears your life experiences, that is truly special indeed, and that’s what I’ve gotten out of ‘One, for Words’. I expect to be playing this album again and again until my final days. You can read my review of their debut album here.

Grimes-Visions-cover3. Grimes – ‘Visions’ (4AD) – Claire Boucher is now one of the hottest commodities in the music business these days, and surely the biggest game changer from Canada since Arcade Fire. Every time I tried to catch the baby-voiced master of synths and sequencers in 2012, I never actually managed to get in. Thankfully though, I have this album to keep me company whenever things have gone boring in my life. Variety is the key word of this album, with ambient, industrial, pop and minimalist genres all touched on for one eclectic group of songs. Every time you pick up this album, you’ll hear something exciting you missed the last time around, and I don’t think it’s possible for ‘Visions’ to get old. Read my review here.

Casiokids-Aabenbaringen-over-aaskammen-cover4. Casiokids – ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ (Moshi Moshi) – There’s no way I could have forgotten the craziness of Casiokids’ third album. Even in the middle of winter, thoughts of a pineapple-shaped maraca, the sheer wonkiness of ‘Det Haster!’ and ‘Dresinen’, and disco and jungle beats working in harmony on the same album easily warmed my heart. This is controlled chaos, in a way that only Nordics manage to do it. And even if you go into this album thinking, “no way is this album going to lift my mood”, trust me, it will. You’ll even leave it with a knowing yet silly grin on your face.Read more here.

Husky cover5. Husky – ‘Forever So’ (Sub Pop) – The Husky debut album was an example of when you keep hearing the name of a band so many times, you’re wondering what the fuss is all about. Well, wonder no more. If you’re the first-ever signing to a indie label as storied as Sub Pop, then you better bring the goods, and Husky Gawenda and co. do just that in a Fleet Foxes meets the sadness of Nick Drake vehicle. If you’ve ever been slayed by gorgeous harmonies, this album’s for you. Read my review of it here.

After the cut: some albums that just missed the top 5 cut, and others that disappointed.

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Video of the Moment #936: Grimes

 
By on Friday, 24th August 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

What happens when you let Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) loose and allow her to direct her own video? This video for ‘Genesis’, that’s what. Whether it’s frolicking in the desert on platform trainers in the dark with nothing but car headlamps to light the way, waving a sword around while standing in the ocean looking like a Hindu god or playing with a snake in the backseat of a limousine while dressed like even more cartoony than we thought possible in a Sailor Moon outfit, Grimes (with loads of her female buddies) makes up her own rules, and we applaud her for that.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FH-q0I1fJY[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #802: Grimes

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd May 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Here is the brand new video for the atmospheric Grimes track ‘Nightmusic’ featuring Majical Cloudz. It’s proving a bit marmite on YouTube, but watch it below and decide for yourself. Could she be the next Bjork? She’s certainly proved herself extremely popular across the early 2012 festival circuit, so I don’t see why not.

Read my review of the amazing ‘Visions’ here; it’s out now on 4AD.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YuAeeF-2Ec[/youtube]

 

(Great Escape 2012 flavoured!) Live Gig Video: Grimes performs ‘Genesis’ on Jools Holland

 
By on Tuesday, 8th May 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Here’s a live video of Grimes performing what I imagine will be her signature song, ‘Genesis’, from her debut album ‘Visions’on Later Live with Jools Holland. The only distraction? An eyeball decal on her forehead. Not sure what that’s about, maybe protection? She didn’t need it, as she looks cool as a cucumber and completely in control, doing what she does best in this performance.

We usually post two videos from Jools Holland on artists we choose to write about, but sadly Claire Boucher was confined to performing one track while Norah Jones was allowed three (much to the dislike to the YouTube commenters, I might add). However, if you’re heading to Brighton for the Great Escape this weekend, you’re in luck. Grimes will be performing at the M is for Montreal/Brooklyn Vegan showcase at the Great Escape on Friday the 9th of May at Brighton Digital, with a set time of 20.45.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aea0WMx8e7E[/youtube]

 
 
 

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