Art pop has found an exciting new voice in Vancouver native Claire Boucher, best known as the singer/songwriter Grimes.
Angelic vocals, hypnotic beats, and a cutting-edge pop vision that fits “this moment in time” like a glove are the hallmarks of Grimes’ unique sound. Boucher is a talented artist who has successfully blended a set of uniquely diverse influences to create a sound many of us did not even realize was missing from our lives. And ever the consummate artist, even the album art is the product of Boucher’s own creativity.
In 2010, Grimes released her debut studio album Geidi Primes (a reference to Frank Herbert’s Dune novels). The album was noted for its dreamscape appeal and various influences. Her second album Halfaxa was released later that same year.
While her first two albums were well-received, it was the 2012 release of Visions that won her the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year. It was also nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in the Best Canadian Album of 2012 category, and in 2015, she was nominated in multiple categories at the MuchMusic Video Awards, including Video of the Year for “Go”.
Past accolades aside, Grimes released her fourth album Art Angels late last year to critical acclaim. Danceable pop tracks such as “REALiTi”, “Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream” and “Kill V. Maim” are surreal enough to bend a few genres and appeal to a varied group of listeners.
If you’re a fan of Foxes, Lana Del Rey, Marina and the Diamonds, Halsey, Lykke Li, Gwen Stefani, and Brave Shores, then you’ll definitely want to check out Grimes.