Grimes “Visions” | 4AD
Grimes has been releasing music since 2010 and with every release is an evident evolution. 4AD released her third full-length album “Visions” to critical acclaim and yes, it really does deserve the acknowledgment that she has been getting.
It is a fabulous release that layers of sci-fi, pop and obscure bass structured melodies all throughout the gorgeous LP. Not only is it very well written, but it has been recorded with an incredible amount of detail and care. Her voice ranges from chirp-high almost agitating pitches to lower coordinates that give her a mystical smoky essence.
Grimes A.K.A. Claire Boucher can very well be considered one of the future children of pop music. She is not afraid to show her sci-fi diva on “Visions”. She writes everything herself, plays everything herself, and although it is incredibly futuristic, it is also very much human, mystical and occult-like. Her harmonies can even be compared to music that isn’t particularly my taste (Enya), but she manages to bend these circumstances and bring together an album that even Kraftwerk would admire.
It is an indie pop cyber-punk wet dream that grows with every listen. The layers are subtle yet heavy. If stripped down, it is an ambient release with a gigantic pop sound. It is infectious and thought provoking. It also feels great.
It’s completely caters to the listeners mood. If you feel like getting amped up, Grimes can do that. If you want to simply relax and trip out to soundscape electronic pop, you can do that too. So many of the sounds remind me of “Cluster’s” work. It also reminds me of Madonna. Now put “Cluster”, “Madonna”, a witch, a priestess, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner) and a Jesus Christ cyborg together and it sounds something like “Grimes”. If you haven’t already checked the album out, do it. It’s on heavy rotation for me and has been since its release.