Grimes “Halfaxa” (2010)

July 8, 2011

Call it what you want: dream pop, witch house, post-Internet even. It doesn’t change the fact that Grimes not only managed to impress with a follow-up to Geidi Primes but she did it the very same year. Hard to tell if Halfaxa is better. For sure the album is more ethereal, nocturnal. This time Grimes put emphasis on atmospherics, not beats. As strange and beautiful dream as it is, Claire’s vocals keep us awake (Sagrad being a good example). The record climaxes with Dream Fortress, a haunting, parallel universe pop song with Arabic influences. On World ♡ Princess Grimes creates countless layers of her voice and ends up sounding like a choir of ghouls. ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈ is sinister and witnesses some witches dancing for the devil. My Sister Says the Saddest Things officially broke my heart. Listening to Halfaxa is like exploring a dark cave: not everybody will feel comfortable here.

hydrameter: 5/5

Key Tracks: ≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈Ω≈, Dream Fortress, My Sister Says the Saddest Things, World ♡ Princess (to name but a few; there are no lows here)

Listen to My Sister Says the Saddest Things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Vs8WXz0TE

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