Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Best New Track: "Flesh Without Blood" - Grimes

It's been a rollercoaster of a wait for new music from Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, the 27 year-old experimental pop artist from Montreal who took over 2012 with her acclaimed third studio album Visions. A little over a year ago, she dropped the (perfectly fine) follow-up single "Go," off what would have been REALiTi, the fourth album she later scrapped because "it sucked."

And that brings us to yesterday, when Grimes finally dropped the video for both "Flesh Without Blood" and "Life in the Vivid Dream," two polar-opposite songs from her (actual) forthcoming album Art Angels, mashed together as an exceedingly bizarre, Boucher-directed montage of tennis, Elizabethans, bloody death and quirky dance parties.

The weird-ass video and second song aside, straight up - "Flesh Without Blood" is Grimes' biggest, most accessible pop song to date. Her pixie vocals jump around the danceable punk guitar and clap-beat and, also surprisingly, deliver a pretty straightforward message about kicking a former love to the curb.

The best part about this pop anthem is that it's still got Grimes written all over it - those ethereal vocals fly high and the dark undertones of her coined electronic mixing are visible through the bubbly layers. It's just a new kind of Grimes - one that is definitely going to make the rest of our wait for Art Angels more bearable.

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