Live Video: Grimes

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

From a street-tough name like Grimes, you might expect some kind of skeezy or tough-as-nails rap, but the music of young Vancouver-bred, Montreal-based artist Claire Boucher is anything but. The 23-year old DJ/producer builds glimmering, otherworldly songs layer upon layer with synth loops, electronic beats, and found sounds, over which her little-girlish falsetto hovers eerily and ethereally. Critics and fans are going nuts over her latest, and third album, Visions, which is exactly what her songs are, though they might easily also be called “inventions” or “playthings” for all of Boucher’s wild creativity on display. Recently, Grimes stopped by the KEXP studio for a truly unique performance and stunned us beyond words as she knelt among all of her electronics spread across the floor like a kid at play.

photos by Morgen Schuler (view set)

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4 Comments

  1. sam trout
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    LOVE these songs and videos! These performances are humbling. Thanks for doing this Grimes. I wish you tons of success. This is your year!

  2. 1waytimemachine
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    What band does Grimes mention as being obsessed with?

  3. mahalie
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Amazing, I love this all the way. So good - I cannot believe I missed her at the Sunset. Intimate venues may become a thing of the past very soon...

  4. Tenn
    Posted August 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    She is amazing... I have watched this often! What can I say, she is a genius and so creative and brilliant. I am so glad she has a platform.

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