By Double Ay
Artist, musician, producer, singer, and songwriter Claire Boucher, or better known as Grimes, is readying to release her new album. Grimes has been captivating the music community since 2010 and her fourth album, Art Angels, is a project to get excited about. It's been three years since her last album (Visions) and it's sounding like it has been well worth the wait.
Grimes performed two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Halloween weekend and played a solid amount of her new album. Not only was her performance stunning, but her unreleased material sounded awesome. She played a banging new song with former collaborator Blood Diamonds and, to the say the least about what I heard from her new songs, her songwriting and instrumentation are a force to be reckoned with.
The development of Art Angels has had a few set backs in the making. In late 2014, Grimes released the track "Go" (featuring Blood Diamonds) and the song caused quite a stir throughout her fan base. The song is hard hitting and impressive, but many were put off by the more poppy sound of the song. To put it in perspective, Grimes even said the song was originally written to be sung by pop queen Rihanna. In an interview with the New York Times, Grimes explained that after releasing "Go" she scrapped an entire album before creating Art Angels due to how she was feeling about the sound.
By Double Ay
Today (January 26th), Ariel Pink's video for the song "Dayzed Inn Daydreams" was published online. The song, culled from the LA artist born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg's acclaimed recent 4AD album pom pom, is the latest single off the album and the newest installment in the ongoing series of videos directed by LA-based filmmaker Grant Singer for Ariel's album. It follows videos for the pom pom tracks "Put Your Number In My Phone" and "Picture Me Gone," and continues their themes of focusing on the stark and dismal mundane aspects of the everyday life of hard working Americans (lots of cigarette smoking too) with Rick Wilder (Mau Maus) playing the central character in the video (also features a brief cameo of Ariel bumming a ciggie).
"It's the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago. Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story," explains the director the third installment in the pom pom series.
"I backed up all my pictures on my iCloud
So you can't see me when I die,
I left my body somewhere down in Mexico,
Give Find My iPhone app a try."
Ariel Pink "What's In My Bag?" (2012)
His Name Is Alive, the experimental music project by Warren Defever that had a remarkable run of records during the glory days of 4AD, have a new one coming out Oct. 28 called Tecuciztecatl, due from Light in the Attic.
As Pitchfork points out, the press release calls it a “psychedelic rock opera.” However, the lovely “African Violet Casts a Spell” suggests an Afropop vibe, so we’ll see:
While making the album, Defever and guitarist Dusty Jones made a study guide of sorts of every Thin Lizzy guitar solo recorded between 1971 and 1983. So we’re hoping for harmonic guitar glissandos aplenty on this one. Hear the whole hour-plus mind-melting Lizzathon below:
More details about the rock opera element are here:
The rock opera is imagined vaguely in the shape of a 1969 Hammer horror film: bloody, British, gothic, and brimming with beguiling and attractive vampires. The songs are written from the perspective of five characters: the mother, the doctor, the twins and the librarian whose side hustle is demon hunting. The story begins with a young woman getting an ultrasound who discovers she's pregnant with twins. Realizing something is going terribly wrong, "I think I'm missing something on the inside," she visits a local library for research. The librarian instructs the woman on how to kill the demon baby without harming the other twin, and together they carry out the various rituals necessary. Eventually one baby is born.
I noticed two things about the song right away: one, the sound of steel drums (which Diamond says are actually halo drums); and two, Grimes singing "hey daddy" over and over, which is a little disconcerting given her little girl voice and the fact that the track is called "Phone Sex," but maybe that's the point...Regardless, I like it.
The "Phone Sex" 12" will be out on transparent pink vinyl July 24th on 4AD.
Blood Diamonds and Grimes are at the Echoplex in LA on June 19 for Check Yo Ponytail 2 (18+ show). Or you can see Grimes for free at Make Music Pasadena on Saturday, June 16.