16 April 2012
Story by Andrew Reinholds
The talented Claire Boucher a.k.a Grimes is back with her dreamy dance-pop songs destined to be enjoyed after dark.
Eccentric and odd. Innocent and beguiling. Visions, the new album by Montreal electronic experimentalist par excellence Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is a jaw dropping display of raw talent that immediately has propelled her to the vanguard of hipster chic and the intersection of pop, electronic, indie and dance.
Recorded over three weeks of self-imposed deprivation from both sleep and natural light, Boucher has emerged with a fittingly altered and alternative reality where classic pop and childhood nursery rhymes morph into more gothic and ethereal states to create a genre defining record.
A bewitching melting pot of styles and ideas delivered by layer upon layer of assorted electronica supported by some wonderful bargain basement drum programming that adds an authentic bedroom DIY punk ethic to further charm and disarm you.
The real magic here though is Boucher’s astonishing voice. Her range is nothing short of epic as she effortlessly swings from the Julee Cruise and Lykke Li inspired ballad ‘Skin’ to the more ethereal pop sensibilities of fellow 4AD stalwart, Elizabeth Frasier of Cocteau Twins on ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Infinite (heart symbol) Without Fulfilment’.
And, despite the childlike almost naïve delivery, the power of her lyrics shouldn’t be underestimated either. There is real depth and feeling that add a further layer of complexity to the album – most notably on ‘Skin’ and the crushing confession “I hate that you’re leaving, you act like nothing ever happened, but it meant the world to me”.
Surprising, complex, intelligent and immensely enjoyable, Visions is everything great pop should be in 2012.