‘Genesis’ by Grimes

Grimes, photo by John London

Canada always seems to be providing the US with tremendous stuff and I guess Claire Boucher AKA Grimes is another one of those exports. This is a girl after my own heart: A former McGill Russian lit student, she gave up on college to pursue music fully. Montreal seems to be burgeoning with creativity at all times and Genesis, one of the many standout tracks of her latest release, is a weird mutation of pop and 80s ambient. The lyrics are delightfully abstract; “My heart will never feel / Will never see / Will never know.” It can seem trite but when its washed in with overdubs and synths, hell, it’s a beautiful assertion of limitations both physical and self-imposed.

June 22, 2012 / By