Best Albums 2015: Grimes - 'Art Angels'
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 01:49:09
Grimes seems like a character out of some weird Nabokov and Murakami co-written novel that takes place in present-day California. Despite her age, 27, the Canadian musician still possesses a certain nubile sexuality, and then there are the clear eastern influences in both her style and K/J-pop-fashioned sound. She is acutely aware of her surroundings and the space she currently holds as a pop star, singing on Art Angels' second track "California," "they see things in me, I can't see myself, when you get bored of me, I'll be back on the shelf." She knows the usual shelf-life of pop stars, and therefore is ruthlessly obsessed with curating her entire image.
On Art Angels, Grimes has come to embrace her surroundings. She sings about falling in love, falling out of love, and past relationships - all pretty common pop tropes - but she does it in an uncommon manner. Her words are visceral, the feelings delivered by them are physical. "You hate, you bite, you lose, after all, I just don't like you, it's nice that you say you like me, but only conditionally, your voice, it had the perfect glow, it got lost when you gave it up though, cause you want money, you want fame," she sings on the album's first single "Flesh without Blood." It's the kind of cutting message Grimes delivers, commenting on both an ex and the vapid nature of Hollywood.
Art Angels has propelled Grimes to the forefront of the pop and indie scenes. She is aware of her current space and embraces it, but has managed not to change her image. In an industry so obsessed with maintaining the status quo, Grimes pumps in new life and creativity, expanding the mold without breaking it.
Watch "Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream" from Grimes:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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