I am thoroughly obsessed with the new Grimes single, "Genesis." I wasn't familiar with her until hearing this track and now I can't wait to hear the full album, Visions (out 2/21 on 4AD), to see if she can pull off what she has done so masterfully in this initial single - that is, combining the most seemingly disparate genres into one coherent piece of music and somehow making it work.
"Genesis" starts with this synthy piano bit that could come from an Enya album or something. Then her ethereal vocals kick in around the 0:39 mark. I can't, for the life of me, understand what she's saying, but it's beautiful. But then at 1:02 the track veers left into the world of electronic beats. Every time the track is over, I hit repeat to see if I can finally, finally make some sense of it on the next listen. So far, no dice.
Amoeba.com is offering a free download of "Genesis" by Grimes.
Grimes is the project of Canadian Claire Boucher and Visions is her fourth release in two years (it's also her first for 4AD). 4AD and Arbitus Records describe the influences on her new album "as wide as Enya, TLC and Aphex Twin, whilst drawing from genres like New Jack Swing, IDM, New Age, K-pop, Industrial and glitch resulting in a record that is both otherworldly and futuristic."
So far, I totally agree with them. I haven't seen her live yet, but from what I've read, her live show is an integral part of her presentation as Grimes, incorporating visuals, dance, and video into her performance.
You can see Grimes live in San Francisco on February 22 at the Rickshaw Stop (if you are lucky enough to have a ticket already as the show is sold out) and in Los Angeles on February 24 at the Echo.Here's another track from her forthcoming album, although I am not (yet?) as obsessed with this one as I am "Genesis."
What's In My Bag? with Grimes at Amoeba Hollywood.