Artist of the Week: Grimes

Posted on July 17, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Grimes, a dream pop artist from Vancouver, British Columbia.

This 24-year-old is more than just a musician; she is also an artist, a music video director, and a member of the band L$D with Kreayshawn and Tragik. Grimes began recording experimental music while studying at McGill University in Montreal, where she got in to the underground electronic and industrial scene. She is yet another badass Canadian artist to add to your iPod.

Origins: Vancouver, British Columbia

Full name: Claire Boucher

Known for: Grimes is known for an eclectic musical style that mixes together a variety of musical influences from pop to hip hop to noise rock and medieval music.

Used in a sentence: “With her Unicorn-esque pink and green hair and ethereal sound, Grimes makes me think of mystical creatures frolicking in a meadow.”

Listen to now: Oblivion

File next to: Björk

Fun facts: Grimes studied Russian literature and neuroscience at McGill, but she was expelled once she started missing classes because of her burgeoning music career.

In 2009, she and her then-boyfriend constructed the “Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” a 20-foot houseboat they planned to sail on the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Their 21st Century Noah’s Ark adventure was cut short due to engine trouble and the Minnesota police.

When creating music she uses layering and looping techniques. A lot of her songs feature more than fifty different vocal tracks.

Grimes’ main instruments are keyboards and synthesizers.


2010: She released her debut album, Geidi Primes on cassette through Arbutus Records.

2011: She released Halfaxa. That same year she signed with 4AD Records and opened for Lykke Li on her North American Tour.

2012: She released her third album Visions. This critically acclaimed album was praised as “one of the most impressive albums of the year thus far” by The New York Times. She also released a line of rings inspired by the vulva. Vagina lovers unite!

June 10: L$D released their debut single, “Don’t Smoke My Blunt Bitch.”

Notable lyrics:

Grimes sings about lurking dangers in “Oblivion.”

Another walkabout/After dark/It’s my point of view/That someone could break your neck/Coming up behind you always coming and you never have a clue/And now I’m left behind all the time/I will wait forever/Always looking straight/Thinking counting all the hours you wait

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