"An astounding record." - The Observer
"A glitchy shimmering dance record." - MOJO (4/5)
"13 perfect moments" - NME (8/10 - Album of the Week)
"Visions gestures skyward and beyond." - Pitchfork (8.5 - Best New Music)
"You'll have to search long and hard to find a more original and distinctive album this year." - Q (4/5)
"Fit to burst with bone-bending synths, insistent beats and a sometimes shrill vocal that manages to both charm and unsettle." - The Guardian (4/5)
"Easily Ms. Boucher's best work and one of the most impressive albums of the year so far." - New York Times
Grimes' new record Visions is officially released outside of North America today, having debuted in the Billboard Top 100 on its release in the US three weeks ago..
The work of Claire Boucher, Grimes is a project that has gained notoriety since its inception back in early-2010. Moving to Montreal from Vancouver in 2006, she developed Grimes among the city’s burgeoning DIY scene; a scene where both punk ethos and pop music collide. Visions is her fourth release in less than two years and countless shows have been performed in this time, both helping to build much intrigue as to what’s next.
With her creative bent being both musical and visual, she draws on the arts of 2D, performance, dance, video and sound, weaving them all together to strong rhythmic effect, incorporating influences as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch. The result is a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic.
Grimes also graces the cover of the latest issue of Dazed and Confused Magazine. Shot by Hedi Slimane, the issue streets on March 15th. If you head to Dazed Digital now, you can get a sneak preview and also hear the new album streaming in full here.
Watch the memorable video for 'Oblivion' below. A list of forthcoming tour dates are at the foot of this story, including a September London date which follows the already sold out show at XOYO in May. Grimes will also be playing five shows at SXSW this week.
13th - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis - SOLD OUT
14th - Empty Bottle, Chicago - SOLD OUT
15th – Pitchfork @ Central Presbyterian Church (10.45pm)
16th - Google Day Party @ The Lot (3:30pm)
16th – Filter Magazine @ Clive Bar (11.30pm)
17th – Urban Outfitters @ 2406 Guadalupe St (5pm).
19th - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto - SOLD OUT
20th - Brillobox, Pittsburgh
21st - Str8 Cavin, Baltimore
22nd - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia
23rd - The Mercury Lounge, New York (early show) - SOLD OUT
23rd - The Mercury Lounge, New York - SOLD OUT
24th - Glasslands Gallery, New York - SOLD OUT
26th - Great Scott, Boston
31st - Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal
5th - Electronic Beats, Prague
6th – Simple Things Festival, Bristol
7th – Berkeley Suite, Glasgow
8th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
9th – XOYO, London - SOLD OUT
10th – Islington Mill, Manchester
11th – The Great Escape, Brighton
2nd – Field Day Festival, London
17th - Pitchfork Festival, Chicago
5th - Heaven, London
9th - Bestival, Isle of Wight