Honestly speaking, there is no competition when it comes to recording artists; all make contributions to the great pool of music from which we all draw. But in the spirit of fun, let’s just say that Grimes has pretty much decimated everything and everyone around her.
Vancouver’s Claire Boucher, known by her stage name Grimes, can now add to her CV, which includes critically acclaimed recording artist and music producer, one of the world leaders in making music videos. Her newly released MV for “Venus Fly”, which she herself directed, is just about the most dazzling and artistic music video ever made. It features U.S. singer Janelle Monáe.
Grimes who legitimately expressed dissatisfaction with the male-heavy nominations at the 2016 JUNO Awards now finds herself nominated for three trophies at 2017’s: album Art Angels, which includes “Venus Fly” as one of the tracks, is up for Alternative Album of the Year and Recording Package of the Year. Her music video for another track, “Kill vs Maim”, is up for Best Video and also received a Top 20 nod from the Prism Prize. We all need to really acknowledge the amazing work that this Canadian recording artist is doing. Go Grimes!
Vancouver’s Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, wooed many music writers with her JUNO award winning eclectic electronic album Visions. AllMusic named it the #1 album of 2012. A new album from Grimes is expected out later this year. In the meantime, you can enjoy her latest single “Go” via its music video embedded below. It is perhaps the most sumptuous desert themed MV since Gigi Leung’s “Price of Love” and has thus far accumulated over a million views.
Ballerina Claire Boucher graduated from Lord Byng Secondary in Vancouver, situated in the posh West Point Grey neighbourhood, where the most expensive houses in the city lie. Being of French Canadian descent, she decided to explore her roots and attend McGill University in Montréal where she studied Russian literature and neuroscience. When she was not busy with academics, she attended concerts put on by local musicians at Lab Synthèse, an abandoned textile factory. She fell in love with music, especially the Cocteau Twins, and began making some of her own, adopting the stage name Grimes.
She also fell in love with a man from the United States. They built a boat together deciding to sail down the Mississippi River. The houseboat was christened the “Velvet Glove Cast in Iron” and was stocked with sacks of potatoes, chickens, a typewriter, and a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. They renamed themselves Varuschka and Zelda Xox. In the midst of their journey, the chickens caught a virus and perished. They suffered engine trouble and were confronted by the police. Ah, the adventures of youth.
Grimes has released four albums in the past two years, her latest earlier this year (Visions) which has been shortlisted for the Polaris prize. Garbed in priestess attire and backed by smoke machines, she performed “Genesis” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Her videos have been described as “weird” but we all know that this is another word for creative. Most of her MVs have achieved views well into seven-digit figures. The vid for “Oblivion” is a little more mainstream. Enjoy the work of the very talented Grimes – a mix of dark wave and new age or as she describes it “goth/ambient”.