New Music – Grimes: ‘Vanessa’

by Couch Sessions

Ever since I can remember I’ve a had a disposition for moodiness and obscurity, which at the time meant an entire childhood and adolescence of awkward self-loathing without a clear grasp of social norms and communication skills. Movies about outcast, weird girls always appealed to me and made me feel a little more normal. In my 20s now, with a grown-up job, career plans and a savings account, I harbor this kind of emotional deformity with anticipatory warmth like ice cream trucks and Jacks (for those of you who remember that game). Different is more valuable than the same, so I relish every opportunity to bathe in that childhood anxiety of social confusion.

Kaleidoscope images, smeared dark lipstick, long tangled hair and impulsive dancing in Montreal-based Grimes’ new video “Vanessa” revive those sentiments. Momentary as it is, Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, leaves in her path a trail of ethereal nostalgia with an innocent high-frequency voice and that electro pop rhythm. Call it hipster bullshit straight out of an American Apparel ad, maybe rightfully so, but at the very least you can’t deny you want to move to that beat, especially around the 2:30 mark.

The video comes ahead of the Grimes’ Split 12″ with d’Eon titled Dark Bloom and coming out on Arbutus records April 19.

  • Stone

    I saw this yesterday. Two nice tracks by two rather dope Montreal artists. The videos are kinda out there tho!

  • Jessica

    I know right? Definitely some ‘cringe’ moments in both of those videos.

  • YuYme

    Yeah the video is definitely waaaay out there. But that’s what makes me kind of like it(that and the beat). I listened to both sides of the Dark Bloom EP a couple of days ago; not hella loving it, but I’m digging Grimes’ side a little more than d’Eon. I do however, like the creative concept of the ‘split EP’. That’s pretty cool.

  • Jessica

    I thought about including the d-Eon video, but couldn’t get into it. But, yeah, the Split EP, totally an awesome idea, especially for kindred bands.

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