Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Grimes Has A Vision

Claire Boucher, who was born in Vancouver, Canada, came to Montreal in 2006. Her experience as a performer is deeply embedded in the DIY loft culture of Montreal, where Grimes, Claire's artistic export, was one of the prominent figures in the scene surrounding Lab Synth├Ęse - a 4600 square foot re-appropriated textile factory. She developed in a scene where punk ethos and pop music collide, resulting in a distinct sense of community, religiosity and psychedelic revelry.

Visions arises as Boucher's fourth release in less than two years. Her debut album, Geidi Primes (2010), was followed by Halfaxa (2010), which was arguably one of the first witch-house or lo-fi R&B releases and most recently she issued Darkbloom earlier in the year.

Visions sounds as if Tron got lost in a cold stark post CPU world ruled by indie pop kids in anorak's.  It's twee but it's also harsh and minimal and while that sounds like a bit of a strange combination it works and works well.   Claire's voice is something special to hear and with the synthetic atmospherics meandering behind it her songs take on something even cooler.

Download: Oblivion

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