Grimes (4)

Real Name:
Claire Elise Boucher
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Grimes is the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher (born March 17, 1988, raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, later moved to Montréal, Québec). She is best known for her work as a producer, singer and songwriter, although 'Grimes' also encompasses her work as a director, painter and writer.
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Albums

NPIP024 Geidi Primes — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Geidi Primes (Album) Arbutus Records NPIP024 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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ABT014 Halfaxa — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Halfaxa (Album) Arbutus Records ABT014 USA, Canada & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
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ABT025 Visions — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Visions (Album) 4AD, 4AD ABT025 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
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CAD3535CD Art Angels — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Art Angels (Album) 4AD CAD3535CD UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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4AD0211LP Miss Anthropocene — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Miss Anthropocene (Album) 4AD 4AD0211LP US 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

none Lethe — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Lethe(4xFile, MP3, EP, 128) Not On Label (Grimes (4) Self-released) none Canada 2007
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ABT017, HIT011 Darkbloom — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) \ D'eon Grimes (4) \ D'eon - Darkbloom (EP) Hippos In Tanks, Arbutus Records ABT017, HIT011 USA & Canada 2011 Sell This Version
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none Genesis — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Genesis (Single) 4AD none UK 2012 Sell This Version
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none Oblivion — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Oblivion (Single) 4AD none UK 2012 Sell This Version
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PMP1005 Polaris Music Prize 2012 — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) / Handsome Furs Grimes (4) / Handsome Furs - Polaris Music Prize 2012(7", Gre) Polaris Music Prize PMP1005 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
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none ヴィジョンズボーナスCD — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) ヴィジョンズボーナスCD(CD, EP, Ltd) Tower Records (4) none Japan 2012 Sell This Version
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none Genesis / Ambrosia — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Genesis / Ambrosia(Cass, Single, Ltd) 4AD none UK 2012 Sell This Version
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CAD3208CDR Visions (Resident Bonus Disc) — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Visions (Resident Bonus Disc)(CD, EP, Single, Ltd) 4AD CAD3208CDR UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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CAD3208CDP Visions (Rough Trade Bonus Disc) — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Visions (Rough Trade Bonus Disc)(CD, EP, Ltd, S/Edition) 4AD CAD3208CDP UK 2012 Sell This Version
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EAD3436S Go — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Go (Single) 4AD EAD3436S 2014 Sell This Version
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none Flesh Without Blood — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Flesh Without Blood (Single) 4AD none Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
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none Entropy — Grimes (4) Bleachers x Grimes (4) Bleachers x Grimes (4) - Entropy(File, WAV, Single) RCA Records Label none UK & Europe 2015
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none REALiTi (Demo) — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) REALiTi (Demo)(File, FLAC, Single) 4AD none UK 2015
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none Kill V. Maim — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Kill V. Maim (Single) 4AD none UK 2016 Sell This Version
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none California — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) California(CDr, Single, Promo) 4AD none UK 2016 Sell This Version
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none Pynk — Grimes (4) Janelle Monáe Feat. Grimes (4) Janelle Monáe Feat. Grimes (4) - Pynk (Single) Bad Boy Records (5) none Europe 2018
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none We Appreciate Power — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) Featuring Hana* Grimes (4) Featuring Hana* - We Appreciate Power (Single) 4AD none Europe 2018
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none Nihilist Blues — Grimes (4) Bring Me The Horizon Feat. Grimes (4) Bring Me The Horizon Feat. Grimes (4) - Nihilist Blues (Single) Sony Music none 2019
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4AD0215DS Violence — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) & I_o (2) Grimes (4) & I_o (2) - Violence (Single) 4AD 4AD0215DS 2019
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4AD0221DS My Name Is Dark (Art Mix) — Grimes (4) Grimes (4) My Name Is Dark (Art Mix) (Single) 4AD 4AD0221DS 2019

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maxal

maxal

May 17, 2022
It'll be interesting to watch how Claire progresses with her music. It took me a while to get to like Grimes. I watched the hi-prod videos, all the blood, seemingly scary, but somehow anaesthetised, exaltingly beautified whether Versailles-type gowns or sci-fi monsters hybridised with faeries. Kind of a feminist girl’s take on violence and society in a mash-up of cultural references. (Girls have to play strong and compete in a “patriarchal” world – oh really, do they?)

I continued to listen to her high voice – what is she doing? No doubt, there is a place for all types of music, but there was something frustrating here. I don’t like saying it (because honest: pop isn’t my core taste), I couldn’t fight my gut, I kept thinking with a bit of ‘reigning in’ and STRUCTURE, she could creates some devastating hard core pop. (Like yearning Diamanda Galas would sing a beautiful song just for once, because obviously she has buckets of talent, the technique is mastered.)

It’s not for the listener to dictate what an artist should do, but it can be frustrating. Anyway, at some point, Grimes latched on and I started to like the music. The Music . . . .

She has said she loved her crazy punky side and wishes she hadn’t been exposed to pop culture (as though it bleeds into her craft, affecting it, but she is the artist and needs to filter it herself, it’s up to her what she produces . . . can you really have too many influences?). The musical production, technique, creativity, 'VISION' is all there. But often, in terms of structure, it seems Grimes is kind of wedged between electronic soundscapes (Kraftwerk) a wallpaper of sound; and the more strictly structured, VERSE-CHORUS form pop (with ‘liberating’ elements of indie, punk and other genres). Claire is a bit like a blender. Taking everything around her, processing and then producing a milkshake. A bit more attention . . .

The admitted speed and acid explains a lot. Once the acid is taken it is always there, it’s done its bit, maybe continues too, so whatever words of ‘denouncement’ which follow, well, the vision seen will never be unseen. The viscera, skeletons and skulls – visuals common to speed and acid, raw ingredients of life. Drugs can break things down into component parts, it’s then left to the individual to piece things back again, hopefully toward a more rigid structure.

The history of the drugs is there, then following, are denouncements of such hard drugs (could be pressure from the establishment / music marketing system – bucks are involved). Claire has also stated her music is “ADD music”, ah, well, the drugs might only be part of it then, ADD, and how you focus on reality and writing music with a hyperactive mind, maybe that is why she stays on the frenetic side of music, and doesn’t venture into the more disciplined verse-chorus narrative of pop.

It seems artistically Boucher’s mind is a huge warehouse, full of ideas. Very often with musicians their first work is their inventive best. Hate to be conventional here, but I am hoping that is not the case with Claire and that we see more form in her music, coupled with clear, evolved lyrics as she obviously has things to say. Her track New Gods demonstrates exactly what I mean. It takes all the whacked out beauty of her visions, but gives the song a magisterial form. In liking this I am not denying the relevance of former work.
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

January 16, 2022
Albums 1 and 4 are stunning and then it goes all pop pop popular which is great for her bank balance but sadly not for my ears....
AnnoAltar

AnnoAltar

January 26, 2016
I'm usually a fan of metal, ambiance, and post-rock type music. I've tried to get into pop music a few times and it never sticks, it's always too vapid, or shallow, or formulaic for me. Grimes is the first "pop" artist that I've really, really liked and wanted more of.

Highly recommended if you want something poppy, but interesting, pretty deep, and different from the AAA Hollywood crowd.
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