Smart ladies love to ask WTF, Grimes


There is no question that Grimes’ Visions is going to end up on my list of favorite records of 2012. It’s catchy, beautiful electronic music. I think Claire Boucher is a genius on the level of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray/The Knife). I love that she is daring, unusual and is involved in all parts of the creative process (art/directing/looping/etc).

While I appreciate the video for “Genesis” is steeped in modern culture, like Britney Spears and Quentin Tarantino, I just can’t shake the feeling that Claire is incredibly pretentious. This is a woman who built a houseboat with her ex boyfriend and tried to travel from Minneapolis to New Orleans to experience a Huck Finn-style adventure, but never left Minnesota due to the boat being impounded. Katie, there’s even an graphic detailing the journey! [I do love info graphics! -K]

It seems like one of Stefon’s routines. “L.A.’s hottest club is Dry! Promoter Shitt Romney has thought of everything: dancing trios in the desert, sour-faced Lady Gaga impersonators, Britney Spears’ old snake, roadside flares, limo parties full of freaks, hats that say PUSSY on them,  and flaming swords.”

She gave a great interview to Pitchfork yesterday about directing the video. This only made the whole thing seem more pretentious to me. She discusses meeting muse Brooke Candy & never once mentions what this girl ACTUALLY DOES–artist? writer? desk jockey? TELL ME, CLAIRE! I’m thinking that if I have answers I will learn to love this video.  Cause really, the song is fucking amazing.