What Do Slo-Mo Sword Spinning, Snapbacks Reading 'Pussy' and a Snake Named Banana Have In Common?

by Oliver Skinner
August 23, 2012 2:30 PM
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Yesterday saw release of the new music video by perhaps the biggest thing to happen to the internet youth scene/indie music industry coalition this year. Grimes’ video for the single “Genesis”, from her January album Visions, features the singer in desert, beach, and city landscapes, swinging around swords and flails, stroking a snake in the back of a limousine (the same snake that accompanied Brit Spears onstage in her 2001 VMAs performance of I’m A Slave 4 U), and dancing with her pink-haired companion in a metallic suit. The usual. While the video totally strays from my would-be visual interpretation of the dreamy track, and frankly feels in some sense like a collaboration between Harmony Korine and Lady Gaga, it showcases Grimes’ style and bizarre grace just as well as the video for her first single “Oblivion” did. And although she’s claimed before to hate being called “cute”, this video makes it so hard to resist. The girl is adorable.


I’ve really only known of Grimes since a friend introduced me the beginning of this year, but 24-year-old Claire Boucher (her birth name) has been producing hypno/synth/electro-pop ever since moving to Montreal in 2006 to study at McGill University. Becoming immersed in the city’s underground music scene and adapting the moniker ‘Grimes’, the young woman soon prioritized her music production over her studies and was dismissed. In my favourite piece of Grimes trivia, Claire then took to the Mississippi River in a self-constructed houseboat with her boyfriend, a typewriter, a copy of Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ and 20 pounds of potatoes; the couple also exchanged their everyday names for ‘Zelda Xox’ and ‘Varuschka’. Naturally. It’s easy to scoff at the eccentricity of such an endeavour but I can’t help admiring the beauty in Claire’s attempted withdrawal into some sort of fairytale life. (The adventure was soon shut down due to Minnesota police).

Grimes’ later musical output evokes these same emotions of fairytales and exploration. Visions is very likely my album of 2012 and her little-known previous efforts Halfaxa and Geidi Primes are pretty fucking good as well. As appropriate to be the soundtrack of a dance or party as a lonely night of bedroom soul searching, the stuff Grimes is releasing is really a breath of fresh air... and I can’t stop breathing.

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