We’ve all been there before, falling in love with someone new, or already in love, or missing the love we once had. Whichever way, love is the strongest emotion we have as humans… or at least the most popular, since it’s always talked about and sung about. In this next release from the DecibelCast series we stick to this subject pretty diligently, almost to the point of making you sick of it. So whether or not you’re in love, looking for love, or just plain sick and tired of love all together, you should give it one more try even if it’s just through these lovely tunes.
We sampled Grimes’ (AKA Claire Boucher’s) first single, Oblivion off the new record, Visions a few months back and it has had me anticipating this album more than any other in 2012. Check the previous post here. She has since signed to the esteemed 4AD label and has pushed the original release date back a month to Feb. 21st. Okay one month that’s fine I mean this label does carry some heavy weights and Claire has said that 4AD is… “a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick.” whatever makes you happy Claire, and she does seem a bit more cheerful according to her latest singles which are a bright contrast compared to her first two releases. (still a bit concerned with that original artwork done by Claire herself though, scope it here).
The release of the new album will coincide with her embarkment on a full US tour. Check 4ADs sight for details. Two new singles have emerged and they have me yearning for this album like nothing else. The first is Genesis, similar to Oblivion in it’s magical jaunt through progressive pop. The second single Skin, is a slower, softer affair exemplifying her seductive vocal layering. It’s a captivating, enchanted ride through all that makes Grimes irresistible.
23 year old Montreal based Claire Boucher A.K.A Grimes has treated us to the first sample, Oblivion, off her forthcoming fourth full length, Visions, set to drop January 31st via Arbutus Records. Her haunting form of phantom/pop is evolving into something a bit more cohesive than what we heard on last years Halfaxa, arguably one of the first albums born into the “Witch house” genre. She still conjures those luscious, spectral soundscapes although while Halfaxa is something you might hear walking through a haunted house, Oblivion is a song you might hear walking into a spaced out dance party. This shift seemed to begin with Vanessa the standout track from Darkbloom a split 12″ she put out alongside fellow Montreal artist d’Eon this past May.
The album artwork for Visions, created by Claire and pictured above, seems a little misleading at first. From the cover alone I would expect some black metal band or atleast something more menacing than this first sample implies, then she described her creative process as being…“the only means through which I can be fully expressive. It is both an ethereal escape from, and a violent embrace of my experience. The creative process is a quest for the ultimate sensual, mystical and cathartic experience and the vehicle for my psychic purging. Visions was conceived in a period of self-imposed cloistering during which time I did not see day-light. ”
Perhaps Oblivion is a lone shining light in an album of darkness, I hope not. Grab it below along with a couple standouts from her previous efforts and watch the entrancing video for Vanessa along with the video for Crystal ball. She’s touring this fall with Austracatch them both next weekend atMoogfest.