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Grimes (Claire Boucher)

Updated on April 28, 2012

Grimes (Claire Boucher)

Grimes is the stage name of Claire Boucher, a Canadian born and based indie-electronic musician. Ms. Boucher was born on March 17, 1988 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her first album, Geidi Primes, was released in 2010 on the Arbutus Records label. Her sophomore effort, Halfaxa, was also released through Arbutus. In 2012, she signed with famed indie label 4AD and released her third record, Visions, in February of the same year. The record received multiple positive reviews from critics, including Pitchfork, the New York Times, and The New Republic.

Lindsay Zoladz, writing for Pitchfork, described Grimes’ music as “airy cyborg-pop,” which is an apt description. Ms. Boucher sings primarily in an ethereal falsetto, and she subjects her voice and beats to multiple electronic treatments. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Ms. Boucher stated that she uses “drugs, mainly amphetamines, fasting, solitude, and darkness” to make her music, and that too seems an apt description. In the same interview, she cites her inspirations as Franz Kafka, the Czech existentialist, and Hildegard of Bingen, the Christian mystic.

While Ms. Boucher’s own description of her creative process gives the impression that her music is dark and intimidating, many reviewers have commented on its authenticity and human beauty. The New York Times has termed her music as “soulful psychedelic electro-dance,” and compared her favorably to the “industrial pop music complex” of Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Rhianna. This writer finds many similarities between Grimes’ work and the work of former 4AD label mates Cocteau Twins.

Grimes is currently based out of Montreal, Canada.


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      jhkayejr 5 years ago from Florida

      While I like all of her material, I have to agree that some of it seems a but unfocused. I loved the Dune references in her first record too. When I first heard the title, I was like "why does that name sound familiar?"

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      Maine Photography 5 years ago from Portland, Maine

      Her stuff is hit or miss with me. I really dig some of her songs. Plus any artist that has a Dune reference as her record name is alright in my book ;)