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Grimes writing “dark percussive shit” as someone else

By | Published on Friday 27 July 2012


Pop futurist and Polaris Prize finalist Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is considering releasing an “experimental” LP under an alternative alias. Apparently, she wants to strike a balance between “straight vocal music”, “dark percussive shit”, “ethereal reggaeton” and “industrial dance music”, all the while staying within pop structures. Quite a feat, even for a one-time Neuroscience scholar.

Interviewed by MTV Hive as to whether she’s begun making a sequel to this year’s really quite experimental Grimes LP, ‘Visions’, Boucher replied: “Yeah but I’m thinking about making one that is a bit more experimental that I don’t put out as Grimes, because I want to stick with this pop aesthetic as Grimes”.

She added: “I’ve been working on more percussive noise music and also a lot of straight vocal music. I want to make both dark percussive shit and vocal ranging, and release an album that’s halfway between ethereal reggaeton and industrial dance music, but which is still very pop in its song structures”.

Away from the music itself, Grimes was also asked if her signature ‘pussy rings’ (ie vagina-shaped jewellery designed by artist Morgan Black) were a kind of feminist statement. Boucher said: “Not as much as a feminist statement but I feel like vaginas don’t need to be scary and they don’t need to be a curse word. Every dressing room I’m ever in has penises drawn on the walls and touring is so dick-dominated that I just want to be like, ‘Here’s a fucking vagina'”.

And since one can never hear too much of Grimes, here’s the new Jensen Sportag remix of ‘Phone Sex’, her collaboration with Blood Diamonds: