Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Best New Album: Grimes - "Art Angels"


Ever since 27 year-old Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, stepped on to the indie scene in 2010, her presence has been a sort of heroic, double-middle-finger to the music industry's conventions. Or, just every convention a woman faces.

Her first three experimental electro-pop albums, challenging visuals, decision to scrap a whole collection of work and ever-present criticism of industry confines are just a few of the things that have hurled the awesomely unusual Montreal artist to the forefront of the alt-pop brigade and kept her there, against plenty of odds, all the way through to her brand new, already-acclaimed fourth album, Art Angels.

Dropped last week via 4AD, Art Angels is deservedly being hailed as Boucher's best work yet. An even stronger double-finger to the industry, her relationships, perceptions of her - Art Angels is accessibly bold in its song-to-song array and the process behind it.  Wholly conceptualized and produced by Boucher, Art Angels is, for the most part, beautifully voiced, auspicious pop that could sonically exist on Top 40 charts. But, what makes it so inspiring is how the brazen lyrical sentiments and woman behind them (i.e. the furthest thing from what we've historically coined a pop star, or construction of male-led teams), are likely the reasons they won't make it there. But, whether Grimes' feminist contributions ever live in the big mainstream or not, she'll undoubtedly continue to redefine music in more ways than we can even predict, and that's more than enough.

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